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Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005, 03:55 pm
Just an idea

I've been thinking of using tattoos as a way of recording or marking memorable events in my life. Simple stuff, like say if I got married I'd get a circle or something to represent that, or a major illness could have another symbol.
Sort of like scout badges only etched into my very SKIN!

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)

I'm with you. The big problem with tattoos is people getting them for frivolous reasons, or getting designs that they're going to grow out of (mentally). But in using tattoos to record major events in your life, you're giving something major the permanence it deserves.
I plan to get a tattoo soon...I took a photo of Eclipse, the wolf I befriended at the wildlife sanctuary I work at, and my brother is currently manipulating it to remove a branch (right across Eclipse's face, rotten luck). Once that's done, I'm going to ask an artist friend of mine to do a rouch sketch/line drawing of the wolf's face. I plan to get it tattooed on my upper back.

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)

I'm reluctant to condemn a lot of tattoos, regardless of how frivolous they might seem, after all its their decision. I might not agree with it but a tattoo is a deeply personal thing and I'm inclined to avoid making judgement calls (verbally at least, I reserve the right to think "Jesus shit! what the hell were they thinking?")

I think you're right, there are some things you shouldn't forget, they're the things that make you what you are today and I think they bear recording - good and bad. Sure you probably shouldn't need a reminder of the event but sometimes its handy to have a reminder of how you felt at the time.

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)

Ever seen "Memento"? The main character was a man with no short-term memory. Everything he wanted to remember (his wife's murder, the description of the man who did it), he had tattooed onto his body. It was a very interesting premise.

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)

Good movie but it gave me a headache trying to keep the events straight :). The same basic idea except I find icons work better as memory joggers than a line of text. I don't know why exactly that is since languages are less ambiguous than a stymbol but there ya go.

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)

Also, thats quite a cool reason to get one. I've never actually seen a wolf up close. I've seen several stags entirely up too close but never a wolf. So I have 50% of celtic iconography down :)

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)

*smiles* That wolf was my best friend there. I was the only one (including his keeper) that could get anywhere near him. It was an incredible experience, and something I always want to remember.

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)

I guess its a rare person isn't scared shitless of 200lb of predator. Thats awesome :)

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)

Technically, your average grey wolf rarely gets above 90-100 pounds.
Now Subira, the lioness I played tag with (on the opposite side of the fence), is another story....

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)

Regardless of weight, primal fear plays a part though :)

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)

Never been afraid of big predators, dunno why. I'd have made a terrible Australopithecine. ^_~

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)

So the Werewolf tattoo represents the event of you being a gamer?

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)

More that I thought it was cool, but yeah, it serves that purpose. Its always there as a reminder that I really enjoyed that hobby.

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)

Johnny Depp did that.

/pointless comment

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)

Well if its good enough for him, its good enough for me :) Hell, the guy could jump off a cliff and I'd be looking around for ladders tall enough.

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)

Cool. Mine are all just for no better reason than they're preeeetty and I liked them. And was sure I could live with them. They do at least look good and have lasting appeal though, dragons, stars and phoenixes don't have much of a sell-by date on them.

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)

True, I always feel the best reason is that you like it, and then the idea still seems like a good one a month later (most places I've checked out make you wait two or more weeks between your booking the appointment and the appointment itself). I always get pissy when people yak on about how a tattoo should mean something to the person, or have some sort of deep significance. Screw that, if I could I'd have optimus prime on my other shoulder.

Wed, Mar. 9th, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)

Took me 15 years to get the first one done, knew I wanted one just couldn't find an idea that I hadn't got bored with a month later! When I did eventually find something I liked it was 5 years before I eventually got round to doing it so by that point I was pretty sure I could live with it. Then it took 6 weeks til I got the next one... Never intended to get more than 1, I've now got 4 and having been swearing I was never doing it again as the last one (big phoenix on my back) hurt so much being done, 3 hours after it was finished I was wondering what I could put across the top of my shoulders above it...

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)

My D&D character did that too. His people recorded stuff in icon form, and you'd get your mentor's tattoos copied onto your own body and then have your own added, so each person is a living history book of a particular student\mentor line.

Of course that all went down the pipes when he became a god and guided the rest of the party to destroy the world and subsequently had to hurriedly remake his own body and thousands of others out of ether... but I assume that's a risk you're prepared to take.

Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)

Buffalo bill approves.
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Tue, Mar. 8th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)

"Not a bad idea, all things considered."

Which bit? the tattoos or being polyamorous omnisexual near-Discordians who tend to develop supernatural powers at some point in their very long lifetimes.

Wed, Mar. 9th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)

a chillingly accurate description of none other than myself... hrm.