Interested to hear what you lot think about tattoos. Do you have any? Do you regret it at all? Would you get any more? Any horror stories?
I was inked for the first time at the weekend and found it a surprisingly pleasant experience. I’ve thought about having something done for years and was fortunate to meet my favourite artist about 18 months ago. Upon realising that he’s also an accomplished tattooist, I set him to task in designing something based upon my specific wants.
He nailed the brief and so last Saturday I found myself in a tattoo studio in Southsea, of all places (the artist’s based in Bath but was handily doing a brief guest spot closer to home). Apparently it’s not normal to sit for 5 or so hours in one stretch (especially not on the first go) but it wasn’t as painful as I was expecting.
The end result’s shown below. While I appreciate it’s unlikely to sync with everybody’s opinion of ‘art’, it’s certainly mine. I don’t have any worries about the permanence because even if my taste changes (and it’s been consistent thus far in life), it bookends a specific period of my life. Also it’s a pretty bloody unique style - essentially looks painted-on. The resident tattooists kept coming up to check out the work in progress, commenting that it doesn’t look especially tattoo-like.
- No strong opinion.
- Love 'em. A strong, permanent expression of self.
- Fashion-craze that’ll keep tattoo removal experts in work for decades to come.
- Not too bothered (or don’t want one) but I’ve seen some great designs.
- Was a fan at one stage, but less so now.
- Dirty tramp stamps. Best left to adorn savages and miscreants.