Friday, August 12, 2005

To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo...

Comes a time in a 40-year old woman's life, when her 40-year old peers, lifetime girlfriends, gang together and decide to get tattoos. We've come a long way since calling Kentucky Fried Chicken and asking the guy if he has chicken legs, haven't we?

It's not that I haven't considered the idea. It's just that I'm not sure whether it's lack of courage or common sense that keeps me from committing to it.

I can't even find a PURSE I like for more than 3 weeks, and I think I can decide on a tattoo?

I design and layout college textbooks for a living, and we recently set a book (on deviance, of all things) that had an article on the sociological reasons folks get tattoos, and the circumstances leading up to them. Commonly a group endeavor, spur of the moment. Women: Post-divorce, to mark their new-found independence.

Sociologically speaking then, 2 of us are relatively freshly single, and one of us is relatively freshly giddy-in-love with her future husband. My decision will be well thought out: I've been turning down the idea for years.

A celtic cross? A sun? A yin-yang? I'd want something relatively representative... shoulder? My hip? the back of my neck, hidden under my hair, peek-a-boo style? My son reminds me that I'll someday be a little old lady and will probably wear my hair short...that's something to think about.

Any input?


  1. Anonymous7:26 PM

    When you're OLD but STILL cute and cuddly...TATTOO's will be nostalgic and looked upon with giggles or worse yet....WHY ??? did I do that!!!!

  2. Anonymous7:27 PM the way...'Anonymous' your Auntie!!!

  3. Hey! My wife wants a celtic cross on the small of her back. I was shocked when she mentioned it; she never seemed the type.

    I like the little ankle thingies. . . a heart, clover, butterfly, pint of guiness.

    For me it says just a wee bit naughty

  4. Get one .. Blogger head ..


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  7. You should get one if you really want one, but the way you are writing about it says that you are not really a candidate. I think your reticence=common sense, by the way. Not only that, but does anybody really think the the ink injected by some tatoo "artist" could ever possibly be more beautiful, more alluring or sexier than your own human skin?

  8. You know, you can draw your own, and get a good tattoo artist to recreate it. If the "standards" don't move you, why not create your own design? :-)

    Just remember: this tattoo will be for you to enjoy, nobody else. If this isn't for you, don't do it. When I got mine on my right shoulder, my mother asked, "What are you going to do when you get old and wrinkled? You won't want anyone to see it." I was like, "So what? I don't care if anyone sees it now! This was for me!"

  9. I got my first tatoo about 2 months ago. I was 30 years old... I say go for it, you only live once!!!Bradsblog

  10. There's this great show on A&E called Inked. On the website they have quiz you can take that will determine what type of tat you should get.

    Here's the link:


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