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Super Sweet Sick Tats // And by That I Mean, Tattoos

tattoos i can dig
Lately my lovely boyfriend has been daydreaming about tattoos.  I have a feeling that boy will get one eventually and I think he'll end up picking something that will be a beautiful representation of an important moment in his life.  And he wants to get a tattoo on that one spot on the lower inside arm section that I think is the sexiest place for dudes to have tattoos so... boyfriend, I approve ;)  The only time I have daydreamed about getting a tattoo was when one of my best friends in college passed away from a bike accident.  For a couple weeks after his passing, I would continue to illustrate an image with henna on my arm of a claddagh ring and a few little embellishments.  My friend Patrick had big plans to get lots of amazing tattoos, one being a claddagh.  A few people got tattoos in honor of him including a few of his family members.  Aw, my friend Patrick.  I didn't end up getting a tattoo at that time because I just wanted to hold the memory of him in other ways.  And I didn't want to get a tattoo that was so meaningful and end up disliking the style of it.  I'm just really really picky about graphics.

As you can see by the tattoo images I compiled together above, I personally like tattoos that are just black with a good balance of "white space", are geometric, sometimes abstracted, and have cool graphics that remind me of old botany books and occult mysterious symbols (I'm a little bit obsessed with researching Free Masonry.) The thing is, with the tattoos that I am really drawn to, I have yet to find ways of attaching much meaning to the images I like.  And facts are, I enjoy experimenting with new trends because of their impermanence.  Trends are fun and flighty, but I would never tattoo a trend onto my bod.  I don't want to follow a random design/graphic/illustration trend whim, slap it up on my body in tattoo form, and then want to punch myself in the face for that bad decision making 6 months later.  I guess if I got a tattoo, it would have to have some sort of meaning that could be cherished for the all the years ahead. 

I am the sort of person who is very very serious about decision making and planning, and the idea of getting a tattoo kind of freaks me out simply because of it's permanence.  Chances are, I probably wont get a tattoo ever either because I'll never decide on what I want and/or I'll never decide on where I want it.  Or I might be like my dad and start getting tattoos in my mid fifties.  He has always thought tattoos were really cool but he decided to wait until he was in his fifties so that they wouldn't have time to get super duper blurry before he died ( Watch out Dad, you're going to live till your 105 just because your skin wants to spite you in your bet against death and you'll be old and wrinkly and one big tattoo blur.) But on a more serious note, my Dad also knew for himself at least that when he reached his fifties, his tattoos would probably end up containing a lot more meaning for him than if he had gotten them at a younger age.  I bet my dad will keep accumulating tattoos until he kicks the bucket one day because the dude loves them so much and he is one of those people who actually enjoys the feeling of getting tattooed.  Every so often my dad will text me with a photo of a fresh new tattoo saying, "oh hey, I got a new tattoo today."  He doesn't even prep anyone, he just does it.  Who is that guy.  Dad, I love you :)

Anyway, I compiled all of those rad tattoo images with the intention of just writing a quick post saying, "These tattoos are my style.  I dig them."  But look where I am now, 4 paragraphs later.  I also wanted to mention that in college, most of my best friends had at least 1 tattoo each, so for me, being un-tattooed felt more unique than being tattooed.  This is what happens when you are a 20 something living in the Northwest.  Can I get an amen?  Ok, but still, the images above do make me daydream abut getting a tattoo that somehow incorporates cool free masonry symbols, botany textbook illustration, cool mountain-like squiggly lines, some graphics taken from Harry Potter, geometric shapes aka mostly triangles and squares, a block of some sort of text that is meaningful to me...and on and on and on...cool things/no girly ish/nerd stuff/lines.  See more tattoos I dig here.

Do you have a tattoo or multiple tattoos?  What inspired you to get a tattoo?  And if you don't have one, do you dream of getting one ever?

p.s.  My middle sister almost got the word "panda" tattooed on the inside of her bottom lip.  Actually, I think she might still be considering it.  Zandra panda, you are the silliest.  Do whatcha wanna do girl.

25 comments:

Angie said...

Oh, Moorea!!! I adore this post, simply adore. I have been wanting a tattoo for years now and I even KNOW what I do want - to wear on my skin - foreva. I simply haven't had the money!!! Your style is gorgeous and I think if you do end up getting a tat one day, it'll be beautiful! Here's my dream list...

Jack-o-Lantern Kitty (I've even designed him) - Why? Because: I love Halloween, it's my fav. holiday, I love kitties and am a "cat" myself (a Leo!) and Jen is a "cat" as well (a Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac!) Plus I just love those furballs!

A ship with a sea wave - Why? Because: I love pirate's, I'm obsessed with them really. Not just fictional pirates, but real ones, with hard lives. I just love everything about that time and I imagine I could have been one. I also adore the sea, I feel like Jen and I will one day run away and live on the sea in a sailboat (becoming liveaboards, our dream!)

The number "13" or "September 13th, 2007" in a pretty font - Why? Because: 13 is my lucky number, Friday the 13th is when Jen and I started dating and on September 13th, 2007, got married!

A pentacle, preferably with a vine or some such nature-y stuff - Why? Because: I'm Wiccan and this is a symbol of power, love and pure protection!

Those are my main dream tats. <3 (Sorry for the long comment, miss! :P)

Anna Zimmerman said...

It's funny. I think you and I have similar views on tattoos. I have many friends that have tattoos. Some of them thought them through, some got them right at 18, and some just got something cute and pretty. I have always toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo. I either told myself that I would get something stupid or something really meaningful. I think I'm leaning way more towards the meaningful one but I have no idea what I would get. I have a few ideas but nothing good enough to have on my body permanently. I also love just black ink, geometric shapes and text.

I think it's awesome and super wise of your father to get tattoos in his 50s. I think that's so neat!

Happy Friday.

nova said...
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nova said...

Whoops, typo! :)

I think you just have to freakin' get tattooed if you want to! It's not really the life-changing event people make it out to be...unless it's on your neck or something.

The first one's always a 'big deal' - people always feel like they have to justify their decision by putting entire life stories into it. Working in a tattoo shop for nearly five years I've seen a lot of people transform from where you are now to being a 'tattooed person'. It's really neat to see.

I like all these tattoos you've posted here, I totally agree with the 'lots of black, lots of negative space' thing. The only advice I can give you, and I'm sure your tattooer will say the same, is don't get any lettering too small like in that last picture, tattoos need room to grow. :)

Good luck and if you choose to get one...come to Victoria again!! :)

Sammi said...

Love these images.

Getting tattooed does change things...If you plan on having a fair few, that is. Ever since I have had 'a lot' (I don't really consider it a lot, but some people do) on my legs I am CONSTANTLY looked up and down, especially on the tube in London on my way to work. It can drive me a bit crazy. But hey, you can always cover most of them up!

It is certainly a big decision to make nevertheless! : )

Awesome about your dad; my dad cannot stand tattoos and that certainly won't change!!

Jodi Ann said...

I really love that first one. But all of them are amazing! I have always wanted to get a tattoo and my husband did too for a while but has since changed his mind. I still want to get one to represent my family in some way, but I want to make sure it's exactly what I want on my body for the rest of my life. :) Such a hard decision. haha!

Paislea Elyse said...

these tattoos are gorgeous! i simply love them! i have a few tattoos myself, but before i go get it, i have to give myself at least a year determining if i really like it. because if i still love it after that time period, then i know that it's right for me. if i forget about it at week 8, then i move on! it's good to really thing about it, or keep it small. small tattoos, if hidden, are not as bad because you can kind of forget about them if you hate them!!

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megan said...

I got my first tattoo when I was 18, and have been adding steadily even since. They started off very small, and each one I add just gets bigger and bigger! (My newest is a half sleeve, which I'm just in love with) I agree with a previous poster that a lot of people think they have to over-justify the reason for them and come up with some elaborate symbolic meaning. That said, almost all of my tattoos have meaning to me, but some of them are things I just really LIKE. That don't stand for anything, yet they feel very "Me", if that makes sense. As far as changing your mind about what you like, I definitely have a few that I wouldn't necessarily choose again. But I don't regret them either, because they remind me of a certain time in my life. It's almost like when you hear a song from a certain time in your life and it takes you back, even if you don't listen to that band all the time anymore.

Mandi said...

Those are all incredible! I'm feeling the need again. Actually, I don't think I ever stopped feeling it.

Ruzu said...

I never thought that you was a person who enjoy this art :D but it´s cool,
I think you are going to look nice

I want a tattoo in this year, for my father and family, I need to draw the idea and later find the artist
I have more tattoos ideas, i want a Nesting Doll, cupcakes, a vintage camera, and pagan symbols jejeje, but for now just one XD
xoxo.

rach. said...

i love the title of this. and this post is amazing! i should probably not be looking at tattoo's since my 18 birthday is in a couple months... uh oh. ;)

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Liz said...

I dig a lot of these! I'm extra pumped because I'm getting my half-sleeve finished on Sunday, finally!

Kaitlyn Rose said...

Great and thoughtful post. I feel very similarly about tattoo permanence issues, and I always wished that I was someone who was a little more carefree in the skin department and could "collect" them the way that my boyfriend does and other close friends seem to be able to do. It's something that he and I talk a lot about, actually, and we both agree that aside from quality design work and a cohesive "personal brand" (so to speak) that you add to your body, getting tattoos really does have to be an extension of who you are in order for them to "look like you." So, because I don't feel as easy-going in my ability to get them, I don't think I should try to change my mind in order to get to a place where I feel like I can do it.

Having said that... I do have one! haha. It's a small skeleton key on my left ribcage, and when I was making up my mind, it just fit me, my personality, the way I think and the things I believe. I was 23 years old, and I had one of my best friends draw up the design for me, so I love it very much. I really do think it's an extension of who I am, and it's such a surprise to so many people that I have one at all. I've had a design in mind for my upper-inner left arm, and while I'm not quite there yet, I really do think I'll end up tattooing that spot as well, or my upper-right thigh. Beyond that, I'm pretty set. I leave all the tattoo business to my bf. :)

Alexandra said...

Still getting an inner lip tattoo! Just waiting on Miles =]

kate gabrielle said...

I love the Joy Division one!! I've always wanted a tattoo, but I've always been scared of the pain and indecisive about what I want to get. If I can stand the pain I'm pretty sure now though that I want to get some kind of tattoo that honors each of my cats throughout my life, where I add on to it with each new one that I adopt. Something small, but really special to me.

diana@ourcitylights said...

I love the Joy Division one! I actually just saw Kate's comment and that's the first one i noticed. I personally love any tattoos but my personal preference is vintage traditional tattoos. I have a full sleeve on my left arm. As I've gotten older I've realized it's a status for money, at least in my area. Tattoos are really expensive here, so when I look at a young person with a full sleeve I think they must have a lot of money saved up!

Gray Skies said...

I really like geometric tattoos, too. I have the outline of a cross on my ankle, and some Chinese symbols on my right pointer finger. Next I want to get the outline of the state of Oregon on my wrist! Apparently I'm afraid of permanently putting color on my body, because the tattoo ideas I have are always full of black lines and nothing else :)

Jennifer M. said...

I must say, I probably won't ever get a tattoo either, for exactly the same reasons. Lol. I actually really like the look of them (when they're done well) but I can't ever decide what I want to get that I'll still want to have on me in years to come, and also where I would want to put it. It's a really big decision!! Part of me just wants to do it on a whim and express myself with whatever I find beautiful now, and then another part of me is like, "Are you crazy??? What if you hate it a year from now?" Sigh... indecision... that's my Achilles heel, I swear...

Violet Bella said...

i could totally see you getting a tattoo in this style. my biggest advice once you think you have an idea of what you want and where, think on it for several months before acting on it to see if it still floats your boat. (i did not take this advice myself and kind of wish i had.) i love all of my tattoos, but wish i would of thought the layout a bit better at the time. now im stuck trying to figure out how to fill in the gaps to complete my sleeve. and im pretty much all about getting meaningful tattoos, not just pretty stuff. if you ever do get one, i know you will have invested enough thought into it that you will love it forever.

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

These are all so beautiful! I am a black ink tattoo kind of gal as well. The ones I have now are all Tibetan Buddhist (I spent several years living at a Tibetan Buddhist center and wanted it to always be a part of me). They're fairly simple and geometry focused and even though I got my last one about 6 years ago, they are still very "me." My next one is going to be in honor of Bubby dog. We got an ink mark of his paw print before he died but I've also been sketching out other possibilities. It is definitely a big decision and something you'll have forever, so I think it's good to think it through for a couple months. :)

Little Lo Hood said...

I was way nervous about getting tattoos and then regretting them later in life but I think that can easily be compared to making decisions and regretting them...you live life and make decisions throughout, your tattoos reflect your life and the person you were when you decided to get them. I have three that all represent me pretty well no matter how abstract they may be (skeleton key [ankle], sparrow [wrist], button w.ribbon [thumb]). I still want to get several more but I don't think I would be as committed to getting so many more if my boyfriend didn't have as many as he does. We also have a reliable, extremely talented tattoo artist that we go to. I love the fact that our artist is indeed an artist and his studio is filled with all his painted artwork, which is amazing! So, I think that if you do decide to get a tattoo you should love the work of your tattoo artist and feel confident in their abilities. :) -Lo

Lily Darger said...

Those tats are so tempting! Black line drawings are the best! But I don't think I could ever be sure I wouldn't change my mind, you know?

I am a 20 something in the south east and I don't know anyone who doesn't have a tattoo. I mean, I'm sure there are a bunch of uber-religious people around who don't have them, but I'm the only person in my circle who doesn't.

Kimberly Horne said...

I love the tattoos they are really rad. I have one tattoo on my foot and it's very special to me. They can be addictive but it's been almost two years since my first one, I'm hoping to get another one soon.

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Chelsea Ling said...

I have "be love" with a little heart on my inner left wrist, and a unicorn/rainbow/stars/clouds/cupcake that takes up about 3/4 of my right arm :) my boyfriend has both his arms done and a couple on his leg

I just got my first tattoo about 6 months ago.. I'm 25. I thought about it for ages, but now I'm addicted

Rachel B. said...

I got my first one when I was 17. I don't regret it- but I wish it hadn't gotten a stretch mark through it when I had my first child! (at 24) I have 9 tattoos in total- my favorite being a huge feather I have on my rib cage. It's an owl feather. My grandma loved owls. She sort of started my obsession with them. I wouldn't really change any of my tattoos, but maybe I would have put a few of them other places besides my ankles. Those make me a bit self conscious. I'm 36 now, and I will probably get at least a few more before the end.