Vanishing Tattoo is a great site for a wealth of information about tattoos: the lifestyle, the influence, and what to expect when you get one (to name a few topics). I strongly recommend you check out the entire site.
However, it is the Celebrity Tattoo section that always has me coming back. There is no resource on the web that has a more comprehesive source of Celebrity Ink. There are still a lot of gaps (some celebrities who are new to tattoos aren’t listed, as well as new ink for certain celebrities is not displayed). But, they do their best to remain current. For example, they do have Selena Gomez, who only got her first one in February, listed here.
You will be surprised at some of the famous people you find with ink. This site is definitely a good time-waster 🙂
The Natty Bro Code
This is a link to the Natty Bro Code. It is a comtemporary look at one woman’s experiences with the ups and downs of dating and social life in general in the current time. It’s witty, sarcastic, and thoughtful (and she’ll give you a ‘wedgie’ if you don’t like it). The author is my awesome tattoo’d friend, eMily (who I mention in my “Manifesto”). [To be accurate, she’s awesome without the tattoos, but her tattoos are pretty awesome, too. I hope to feature them here at some point]
I encourage you to read about the “…Code”, and call on her to share more of her amusing insights 🙂
I’m not ashamed to use the Carly Rae Jepsen ‘Meme’ about my tattoo :-)… [alas, it does not seem that Carly Rae has any ink yet… she’d be really cute with a tiny little music note somewhere like Selena Gomez has]
Why am I mentioning Pinterest and what does it have to do with tattoos? Well, Pinterest is actually and very good resource for finding ideas for that tattoo design you want. After I got my first one, a friend of mine suggested it to me when I began thinking about my next tattoo. I did a search for “Shamrock Tattoo” and came up with a lot of great results that are going to influence my next ink.
This is great because people use Pinterest to share their own tattoos. So, instead of just looking at a professional site or an artist’s portfolio, you can see real designs on people just like you. I highly recommend trying it out.
If you have gotten to that point where you really do like the idea of getting your first tattoo, but you’re uncertain about taking that final step, there is a good intermediate step: Get a temporary tattoo.
This is a great way to allow you to ‘try before you buy’. The decision to get your first tattoo is a huge one, and you want to make sure you have eliminated at many doubts as possible before you get it. A temporary tattoo allows you to see what having any tattoo will look like. It also allows you to experiment with locations on your body where you would like to put it. If you decide you really like what you see, then the only step left is to get a price quote for the real one and schedule an appointment to have it done.
What’s good about temporary tattoos is that, if you decide you don’t like getting one at all (or you don’t like the spot you tried it), it is gone in about a week if you do nothing. With rubbing alcohol, you can get rid of it immediately.
There are plenty of good places where you can order temporary designs for just a couple of dollars. In addition, there are tattoo studios who will be willing to help you with your temporary design. It’s a good investment for them because, if you have a good experience and like the design, you will be likely to go to them for your real one.
In my own experience, I just tried a temporary tattoo my upper arm just for fun. Then, I realized how much I liked how it looked that it had me seriously consider getting the real thing (regardless of the ‘bet’ with my friend). Not long after the temporary one wore off, I sat down to get my first real tattoo.
Before you invest the time and money in getting that first permanent design on your body, get a temporary one to see if having a tattoo is really the right thing for you.
This is from Ugliesttattoos.com, however it’s a pretty well done tat. However, even I don’t love cats enough to get one like this… 😉
This is my first tattoo after it was finished on January 12th, 2012