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    /in before: "Stop liking what I don't like", cracked_tattoo_gif.png, "no ragrets", and butthole girl
  • "When I look at my Get What You Get tattoos, they remind me that unexpected things in life can turn out to be beautiful," a woman with two of them - a girl on her left ankle and a rose on her left thigh - told the blog Repeller.

    "They remind me there are things in life I can't control, and that's okay."


    Yes, because you can't possibly control what an artist spends hours permanently inking into your skin.  it
    s not like it's your body or anything.

    /God, people are so f*cking stupid.
  • I endorse people like this to get random tattoos on their face.  Why hide your sheer stupidity on your leg or back?
  • Sweet. We're already at 2 for "Stop Liking What I Don't Like".

    We should keep a tally.  Mr. Cool Ice will only get 1 point though because he's so unique.

    In the meantime, enjoy some whimsical body art.

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    (Artist: Mike "Shish" Shishmanian @ Hudson Valley Tattoo)
  • Benevolent Misanthrope: "When I look at my Get What You Get tattoos, they remind me that unexpected things in life can turn out to be beautiful," a woman with two of them - a girl on her left ankle and a rose on her left thigh - told the blog Repeller.

    "They remind me there are things in life I can't control, and that's okay."

    Yes, because you can't possibly control what an artist spends hours permanently inking into your skin.  it
    s not like it's your body or anything.

    /God, people are so f*cking stupid.


    If I were to ever get a tattoo, it would be specific, sure as fark not random. It might be one thing for the people who have a bazillion, I kind of get that, but your first? That makes absolutely no sense.
  • If I want a permanent reminder of my bad decisions, I just have to take a step with my right leg. Or pick something up with my left arm. Or look at my tattoos.

    Wait, I'll come in again.
  • I read something well before I got my tattoos along the lines of, "Print out what you think you want and hang it somewhere you will see it every day. If after six months you still like it then get it. Don't get anything on a whim."

    So that's what I did.

    No Regerts.
  • I guess I'm old and not "with it", but the idea of "get what you get" frames things in such a way that implies tattoos are somehow compulsory or something.

    If you don't really want one, don't get one. It's ok to not have one. It doesn't make you a freak or different....Lordy, why people seek group approval for such things
  • Dumbfarks aren't even badass enough to go old school and get black out drunk and wake up with that they got, and a lifetime of regrets.
  • Mr. Fuzzypaws: I read something well before I got my tattoos along the lines of, "Print out what you think you want and hang it somewhere you will see it every day. If after six months you still like it then get it. Don't get anything on a whim."

    So that's what I did.

    No Regerts.


    Oh, I've thought and re-thought mine. I would have no regrets as long as I picked a good artist. The Chinese ideogram for fish, then 2 more(Side by side), then a red one, followed by a blue one. It would end up looking like a cross, but that would be coincidental.

    I would get it, and people I explained it to would(Usually) get it. My FIL probably wouldn't, he doesn't do so well with jokes and abstract concepts, for some reason. It wouldn't be grammatically correct, but it would mean what it means to me, which is what I would want. :-)
  • An acquaintance told the artist the basic idea and style, and waited a full year for an appointment with that specific artist, Then let her do her thing with no further direction.  It came out amazing.
  • Once you have a certain number it doesn't really matter anymore. My first few had "meanings" and now I just get whatever I feel like. Been working on a leg sleeve for the past few years, but other leg is just totally whim based. Don't really care anymore so long as it looks cool to me.
  • Ivandrago: Once you have a certain number it doesn't really matter anymore. My first few had "meanings" and now I just get whatever I feel like. Been working on a leg sleeve for the past few years, but other leg is just totally whim based. Don't really care anymore so long as it looks cool to me.


    I always joked that I wanted a gear shifter pattern on the head of the ol' pecker. It would at least be a conversation starter...
  • I'm not into them, but some seem cool on others.

    Only thing I find annoying are tattoo'ed people who get all het-up about others judging or not wanting to employ them. That crap comes with the tattoo territory, my man. Shocker: looking like The Illustrated Man may cause others to draw their own conclusions about or not wish to hire you.
  • I was roommates with a tattooist. I've seen so many bad decisions...that paid for our beer and Mexican food.
  • Sasquach: If you don't really want one, don't get one.


    Yes.

    I guess I'm old and not "with it", but the idea of "get what you get" frames things in such a way that implies tattoos are somehow compulsory or something.

    No!

    Benevolent Misanthrope: Yes, because you can't possibly control what an artist spends hours permanently inking into your skin.  it
    s not like it's your body or anything.

    /God, people are so f*cking stupid.


    Holy smokes.

    Alright, look: there's a tendency for people to micromanage the dickens out of their first tattoo. Then you get that tattoo and you realize how silly you were being and that it's a lot more fun to let the artist be an artist.

    So she's talking in shorthand - she's elected to trust the artist's skill rather than self-customize and finds the stochastic nature of selection to be liberating from the burden of choices - that's what she means by "not having control".  It's also implicit that she retained veto power at all times.

    Mikey1969: Oh, I've thought and re-thought mine. I would have no regrets as long as I picked a good artist. The Chinese ideogram for fish, then 2 more(Side by side), then a red one, followed by a blue one. It would end up looking like a cross, but that would be coincidental.


    That. Is awesome.  I hope you get to go through with that.

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    This one was for a prize at a convention:
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    (Artist: Cory Salls @ Rose Gold Design, Houston)
    [Bonus: artist depicted in painting. And they won 3rd place for this]
  • GregInIndy: I'm not into them, but some seem cool on others.

    Only thing I find annoying are tattoo'ed people who get all het-up about others judging or not wanting to employ them. That crap comes with the tattoo territory, my man. Shocker: looking like The Illustrated Man may cause others to draw their own conclusions about or not wish to hire you.


    Agreed. Although I like it when a company employs someone with visible tattoos, it means they've gotten over that particular bias, but it's definitely a risk a tattooed person takes, and they should own that decision.

    I have more of a problem with people who have visible tattoos(Or colored hair) and get butthurt when people inquire or make comments about them. I believe the one I read was that it was a "personal decision" and "not anyone else's business".
  • MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Mikey1969: Oh, I've thought and re-thought mine. I would have no regrets as long as I picked a good artist. The Chinese ideogram for fish, then 2 more(Side by side), then a red one, followed by a blue one. It would end up looking like a cross, but that would be coincidental.


    That. Is awesome.  I hope you get to go through with that.


    Thanks. It's been bouncing around in my head for a long, long time. Just not sure if I'm ready to pull the trigger on it. I may pass the idea on down to my daughter, though.
  • MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Sweet. We're already at 2 for "Stop Liking What I Don't Like".

    We should keep a tally.  Mr. Cool Ice will only get 1 point though because he's so unique.

    In the meantime, enjoy some whimsical body art.

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    (Artist: Mike "Shish" Shishmanian @ Hudson Valley Tattoo)


    I'm curious... Did you specifically request this, tell the artist that you wanted something completely unique, or what? Because it's awesome, but I can't even fathom coming up with the idea.
  • Also, there is a lesson in not going too cheap
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  • Mikey1969: Just not sure if I'm ready to pull the trigger on it.


    Took me about three years to work up the nerve to get my first tattoo. In retrospect that was silly but I guess it was a process I needed to go through. My conclusions were that it was an experience worth having and my body's going to be ash after I'm dead so long as I'm cremated according to my wishes.

    For whatever it's worth, I generally dislike hanzi/kanji tattoos but I think your idea is pretty clever and worth doing.

    Here's some stuff you can do: 

    - If you see someone with a tattoo you like, say, "Hey, that's cool, who did that for you?". See if you can get the artist's info. Presumably the person will recommend that artist.

    - Check out that artist and other local artists on Instagram (because it's a photograph app, it's a favorite in the trade).

    - Call and ask to stop in. They'll know the COVID protocol for your area and obviously you should bring a mask. Ask if you can bring along one other person (I assume you know someone with experience who can act as moral support)

    - Tell them your idea and where on your body you'd like it. Make sure they're comfortable with Chinese  characters and ask how much experience they've had. You can ask for other artist recommendations if they say they're uncomfortable. Ask for a time and cost estimate. What you're looking for there is simply reasonableness (your moral support buddy can help with that) but it also helps cement expectations.

    - Book the appointment and don't let your dreams be dreams ;)

    - Prior to the appointment stay hydrated, eat well, and try to relax

    - Let the artist know it's your first tattoo and ask what to expect during the healing process (some of which can be alarming for first-timers).

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    (Artist: MJ Ashman, Ink the Moment Tattoo, PDX)
  • Mikey1969: I'm curious... Did you specifically request this, tell the artist that you wanted something completely unique, or what? Because it's awesome, but I can't even fathom coming up with the idea.


    1) That's not my tattoo.  However for that pic, I just so happen to know the artist and that tattoo is f*cking fantastic. 

    2) That's part of the fun of "not having control". I know you have your specific idea, but if you wanted to, you could ask the artist to see their "wannado" book. Those are a complete wildcard: sometimes they're pretty cliche but they're often full of weird stuff - grotesque or delightful things like that.
  • MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Mikey1969: I'm curious... Did you specifically request this, tell the artist that you wanted something completely unique, or what? Because it's awesome, but I can't even fathom coming up with the idea.

    1) That's not my tattoo.  However for that pic, I just so happen to know the artist and that tattoo is f*cking fantastic. 

    2) That's part of the fun of "not having control". I know you have your specific idea, but if you wanted to, you could ask the artist to see their "wannado" book. Those are a complete wildcard: sometimes they're pretty cliche but they're often full of weird stuff - grotesque or delightful things like that.


    Like I said, that one is awesome, but totally out of left field. :-)
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