Tattoo’s are a way of expressing who we are! So therefore, each tattoo we get should have some sort of significance behind it. I’m starting to ink myself up and I’d love to hear some of your guy’s ideas and/or tattoo’s that you already have!
One of mine that I’m working on getting is of a globe. And right below it is an opening hand, resembling that the whole world is in my hands – that I am in control of my destiny.
So that’s mine, I’d love to hear your brilliant idea’s!
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“Tattoos are stupid” “I wouldn’t get a tattoo because everything loses meaning to me in time” “Oh I might get Carpe Diem for a change”
It sounds to me @carpediem91, like you don’t fully understand the concept behind tattooing and that it maybe is not for you. Having said that, I wasn’t fully aware when I was a teenager but I did know what I wanted from 16 and I got it when I was 19. That was about 5-6 pieces ago and depending on which way you’re inclined you either grow with the process, you get one and stop or you get filled up with average work by average artists because you want to look cool when you wear a short sleeved shirt.
I am not belittling the loss of your friend. I understand very well why you would consider it a fitting reason to get tattooed, but if you want to honour them in the best way possible via this method, I would honestly recommend researching artwork you love in every medium as well as tattoo artists who impress you. Then, when you find someone who is passionate about their job and doesn’t just chuck you in a seat and tell you to stop flinching (have done that when I was younger as well) you get in touch with them, arrange a meeting and you say “This is for my friend and I wish to remember and celebrate their life through your art. This is the kind of work I like, these are the things that embodied my friend and the relationship I had with them and the phrase Carpe Diem rings strong when I think of them. I love your work and I trust you to draw something that fits the ideas I’ve given you because you’re the artist” and when you go back they will most likely have drawn something unreal that will greatly surpass your expectations. And hey, if it doesn’t, if you’re not a tool about it and just suggest little changes you’d be interested in making they’ll do it with a smile on their face. But when you have faith in the artist and let them create something, 99.9% of the time it is going to look a million times better than you trying to impose your “artistic” will on them.
And instead of being one of those guys who says tattoos don’t stand the test of time yet still contemplate getting a generic one or who judges tattooed people based on the number of idiots out there who go and get the first tribal symbol or koi fish they see on the wall, you’ll actually have a unique piece of artwork that will look great and be something you fondly look at to commemorate someone who was very special to you. You might get more, you might not.
But right now it sounds to me like you are not ready to get tattooed. Do the research, find what you like and find someone you like and take it from there.
I want to get a tattoo of four flowers. A white carnation, a ginger flower, a larkspur, and a calla lily. In flower language this would be “Remembrance, Pride, beautiful spirit, and death.” This is to symbolize remembering my grandmothers pride and beautiful spirit, even in death.
A spear with two intertwining energy snakes (kundalini-like) one crimson, one turquoise. The spear is vertical with a flower of life at the bottom that has a Yin/Yang (shadow and light) symbol superimposed on it to represent my belief in the duality.
The spear represents Gungnir, a fabled spear that is owned by the Norse god, Odin: it is said to be so balanced in its design and that it never misses its mark. This “balance” represents my own belief in balance in the duality. The spear also represents the spirit and how it never misses its mark so long as you maintain balance. The colors of the energy snakes represent the separate concepts of Rage and Flow (of which I cover in my own post).
I find it hard to actually want a tattoo. Mainly because yes they can look cool to others, but for myself, I have to look at that thing everyday. When I go through some shitty situation that reminds me of the past, it will be of a period where I then decided to have that tattoo. It’s like a superficial curse to yourself. Especially if it’s tied to a belief system..what if you later reject that belief? What if you start to legitimately think you were just starting to get the hang of some cosmic truth, but the relevance dies, and with the questioning of your old beliefs, you think you’ve since deluded yourself? I’d rather spare myself the internal debate and just get a moose tattoo, or of something unique that happened to me.
@mcdank, nice tag name hahah.
I have a hibiscus flower above my hip with some tribal around it, which the flowers meaning is gentle, delicate beauty, old royalty. This was my first tattoo and it took me two intervals of an hour long session each.
My second tattoo I just got likee, 3 days ago. It’s my birthday 12/22/93 in roman numerals by my collar bone. This was a ‘fuck it lets go get tatts’ , tat with my close friend :) haha she got Free on the back of her neck.
Future tattoos >>> I want the a scale with a heart on one side and a brain on the other, I would like a pirate ship that says homeward bound sailor jerry style, A girl indian chief head on my shoulder, and some script on my ribs that says ‘ you can never cross the ocean if you don’t have courage to lose sight of the shore’. mm I love tattss
I have contemplated getting a tat for the longest time but always back out because I don’t think it will feel the same say 10, 20 years down the line. I have motivational typographs in my room but after a few months, they sortof became void and meaningless to me and I dont want the same permanently on my body.
But if I ever get one, it’ll be carpe diem. It may sound cliche to others but after losing a very dear friend and in an unfortunate incident, I’ve learnt how unpredictable life truly can be and you really need to live each moment like you’ve got very few left.