This Weekend Open Thread is Getting the Ink Itch

I really want another tattoo.

I have my next two tattoos already planned out — a portrait of my dog on my shin and an iris on my foot — but I need two things to get them on my skin. First, I need money. Neither of those are going to come cheap. Second, I need the nerve to actually call up the studio where the artist I want to go to works and make an appointment. I hate phone calls. My last studio booked by email, but I want to go to someone different this time.

Anyone else have the ink lust?

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PhD student. Knitter. Brooklynite. Long-distance dog mom. Reluctant cat lady. Majestic unicorn whose hair changes color with the wind.

11 thoughts on “This Weekend Open Thread is Getting the Ink Itch”

  1. I sated my ink lust less than a year ago, so I think I’ll let it build up again for a while… last time was eight years between tattoos, though, so might not wait that long this time :)

  2. I’m not a tattoo or piercing person, mostly because of skin that tends to freak out. Seriously. I tried piercing my ears THREE TIMES and each time, they were horribly infected and gross (regardless of the material — plastic, sterling, stainless steel, titanium). I’ll just knit things for me instead.

    HOWEVER, if I didn’t have such impolite skin, I’d probably get something small — like a trinity symbol or infinity or triskele — inside one wrist.

  3. There’s never a time I’m not jonesing for fresh ink, but it’s been years since I had the spare change for it. I’m determined to get one for my 50th birthday. I just can’t figure out what. Or how to cram all the shit I want into one bracelet.

  4. I want the Christian chi rho somewhere on me. I’ve always been into Christian iconography. I’ve been trying to bribe one of my artist friends into designing it for me and so far he is balking at my offers.

  5. I don’t think I’d ever actually get a tattoo, because 1) OW and B) that is a lot of commitment. That being said, if I did get a tattoo, I’d get a potato on my ankle. Or something behind my ear. But probably the ankle ‘tater.

    Also, on a related note, I spend way too much time thinking about things that will never actually happen.

  6. I’ve always wanted a turtle on my left shoulder. I’ve loved the “World on Turtle’s Back” story since I was a little girl and there’s an anthropology joke that ends in “it’s turtles all the way down.” I would want it small and serious looking too. No color. Just super basic.

  7. I want a frond of staghorn sumac changing to fall colours somewhere. Unfortunately, I can’t find much in the way of advice on how skin that tends towards hyperkeratosis tends to react and what information I have found suggests that people prone to hyperkeratosis tend to reject red and orange inks. Which is the entire purpose of a fall colour sumac tattoo!

    Has anyone heard anything similar?

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