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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?

By [E] Liza

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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