Life of a Blogger | Tattoos

July 17, 2014 Life of a Blogger 121


Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat. Each week Jessi chooses a topic (scheduled in advance) that’s not book related so we that we can get to know our fellow bloggers better – and to know more about them than just books. I’m thrilled to join in and I hope to participate every week from here on out. I hope you’ll join in too – check out the details here!

This week’s topic: Tattoos

If you’ve been following my blog – and particularly my Top Off Tuesday Posts – you know that I LOVE men with tats. They’re just so yummy!


As much as I love men with tattoos, I am picky about them. I really don’t like colored tattoos on men. I don’t know why exactly, since I do like them on women, but for some reason it’s really only sexy to me if they’re black and white. And they have to be GOOD tattoos. What’s a good tattoo? I really don’t know, but a body covered in tattoos only works for me if they’re done right and laid out right. Don’t ask me to make that happen, because I wouldn’t know how they should go. But I’ll know when it’s all said and done if I like it or not.

So since I love tattoos so much, do I have any? Nope 🙁 There’s a few reasons.

  1. Tattoos are so permanent!! I hope I’ll have one someday, but it has to be perfect when I get it because I’m not paying to fix it. I want it right, from the start!
  2. I don’t know what I want. This feeds into the previous reason – if it’s going to be permanent then it needs to perfect and that means I can’t decide what I want. I’ve had ideas over the years, but nothing that I’ve been thrilled by. I should probably get an artist to design something for me, wear it drawn on my skin for a while and see how I feel, but I haven’t even gotten that far yet.
  3. I don’t know where I’d put it. Yes, we’re circling that perfect reason again. The thing with a tattoo is that I want it to be somewhere people can see it sometimes but not somewhere it could ever really hurt me on the job market.
  4. I want to lose more weight before getting a tattoo. This is a big reason. I’ve been losing weight slowly but steadily the last couple years, but I still have a lot to lose. I feel like body decoration like tattoos are really for people who want to show off their bodies and well, I’m not there yet.

So I have several reason for not having a tattoo yet, but I do hope I’ll get one someday and that it will be exactly what I hoped for.

On the plus side? My BF has several tattoos! Like I said I love men with tats! So I tried to get him to pose for me to take some pictures to share with y’all but he’s too shy. But he has eight tattoos and I love every one of them. He has this one on his elbow that has a spider web and it’s so cool the way the spider web’s appearance changes when he bends and unbends his arm.

He has a couple he wishes he didn’t have because he got them when he was younger and they are highly visible. People judge him all the time by his appearance and assume he’s a thug just because of his tats (which couldn’t be further from the truth). It sucks to have people judge him like that and I know its why he talks about getting the really visible ones removed. It will be a sad day for me if/when he does, but I get it. As long as he keeps the more hidden ones 🙂 But his situation has made me even more aware of how much I want to think carefully about where I put a tattoo when I do finally get one.

Do you love tattoos too? Do you have any?

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

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  11. Karolina Bhuiyan

    I was thinking long time that which tattoos is suite for me.
    Until now I didn’t find a meaningful tattoos.
    here you have point out lot of information.
    I hope to get my new tattoos soon.

    We will wait for your next awesome post soon.

  12. Vrutika

    Agree with you, get a tattoo only when it means something. The most stupidest tattoo is when someone gets their gf/bf name and then regrets over it their entire life. Utter nonsense

  13. Bobby

    I love tattoos and only have 2, but just from lack of funds or I’d have a lot more!yes you can get them removed but it costs even more than the tattoos!

  14. Mukesh Joshi

    Hey Berl,
    I hope you are doing great. First of all if you want to get inked then never ever contact cheap, unexperienced tattoo artist. because I am the victim of such case. I had a tattoo of my name on my neck but the tattoo artist was newbie and he ruined my neck. Somehow after few months I got another tattoo to cover previous one.

    Second follow a proper tattoo care guide after getting one. Here something I wrote on same.
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  15. Scott

    Hi, great post! I’ve been avoiding tattoos for a long time but when I have done one I got one point that custom made tattoo can be really cool. I still don’t understand how people can pick the tattoo from catalogue and become another twin from the crowd. What do you think about custom made tattoos? Thanks

  16. Stuart Wright

    I`ve considered getting a tattoo, its funny how some people dont like them! you can now get tattoos that dissapear after a year, so a bit less permanent !

  17. Remy

    I am a Tattoo Artist and have a shit load of tattoos most of my body at this point. I love them but like most people i got a couple im not happy with from when I was younger too. but I say go for it get tatted just make sure you are sure what your getting means something to you first. Most of the tattoos I do on people are just art and thats fine if it is neutral but sometimes it is stupid regurgitated ideas from the main street trends of the current time. These tattoos are the ones most people regret years later.

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  19. Goodkind Tattoo

    So funny that you mention that you don’t like guys with colored tattoos. I’ve been running my tattoo shop for a few years now, and almost all men who come in always get an incredibly colorful tattoo.

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  21. isaac franklin

    i remember my first tattoo,it was a proud to be an american stamped with a bald eagle on my right arm.It was so cool to have it.It made me look so rough and,i love this tattoo its been 4 years now and it still look’s good. :P.
    But when you go to a tattoo parlor you shouldnt have to worry about it going wrong those people can draw like gang buster!!

      • Jennifer

        Yeah I’ve always thought tats were “tacky” (no affiance to anyone!) and I can’t stand to have a pen mark on my hand when I’m writing. So I don’t know why I got mine. And it wasn’t that I was “young and stupid” I was 24 or 25 when I got them. So old enough to know “better”.

        But you can’t see mine unless I show you. Or where a sleeveless shirt. One is on my shoulder and the other is a “tramp stamp”. I forget about them most of the time unless I notice them in the mirror getting in/our of the shower.

        I got them where I could hide them for work and somewhere they would not sag when I got old. LOL
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  22. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    I get you, Berls. I have a three tattoos that I got between the ages of 19 and 21, and I only like one of them. Fortunately the other two aren’t very visible, but it is definitely WISE to not get anything until you KNOW what you want, b/c you are right–they are permanent. Unless you want to spend all kinds of money getting them removed, but even then, you have a scar.
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      • Veer Hegde

        Hey Berl, just came across your blog. ?I really like the way you express yourself. I’m sure you will become a great author someday!
        About removing a tattoo yes it does definitely leave behind scars almost like burns
        But it should be fixed up completely by a good coverup tattoo, Something your friend would want to express in the highly visible region Now!! And yes people do perceive you for your tattoos it is after all a form of non verbal expression!
        Imagine you see a person with an obscene shirt that you have to look at every time you talk to him. Now multiply that by a 100 times when it comes to a tattoo.. Yes people will judge you!
        Ask him to get another one after the removal! Something that expresses who he really is now!

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  23. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Oh yes, I love tattoos too, and I actually have two myself. I only got those within the past year, so I totally get waiting for the perfect opportunity, the perfect place and the special image that you want to wear for the rest of your life.
    My first tattoo is an infinity sign on my ring finger. My husband and I both got one, and it’s instead of getting another kind of wedding band. I love it! It is, of course highly visible, but if needed, it can be hidden beneath a ring.
    My second tattoo is a bracelet with my kids’ names, and of course, that’s very visible too. Again, if I felt like it could hurt me in a job interview, I could either wear long sleeves, or an actual bracelet to hide it.
    I want yet another one now, though… it’s kind of addictive.
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    • Berls

      I love the sounds of your tattoos Lexxie! They’re so meaningful and clever, not to mention you could easily cover them up if you need to. I’ll have to keep yours in mind for when I finally get mine, they may inspire me to be similarly clever 🙂
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  24. lupdilup

    I don’t have any…I can’t make that kind of commitment! I lived with my husband for 13 years before I decided it was time to tight the nut…LOL (we decided) I never liked them, but I’m more open to them now. And like you, I like black and white, and they have to be artful. I still don’t like to see people covered with small ones in color all over the place. I’m too OCD for that. It looks messy to me 🙁
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    • Berls

      I forgot to include that in my reasons I don’t have a tattoo yet! They’re so bloody expensive, especially if you want them done well (which I do)! Awesome that you have two though 🙂
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  25. A Voracious Reader

    I love well-done tattoos and I prefer that they have some meaning to the person other than that they just liked it though there’s nothing wrong with that either. I have 3 that I got when I was 19 or so and I would love to get the one on my ankle covered with something else. I just don’t like it any more. There’s nothing wrong with it (it’s a small heart with flower), but it’s just too…blah. lol I have a butterfly on my wrist that I would love to have recolored since it has faded considerably over the last 27 yrs. The one on my left chest is a small unicorn inside a heart and is something I drew myself. It has also faded considerably and I should either have redone or covered with something else. Not sure. I would love, love, love to have a book-related tat, a dragon of some kind, (small, probably on my shoulder) and something with my kids names with room for grandkids. Maybe I could have a bookshelf and each book spine could feature a kid’s name? Hmmm…. Anyway, I just have to come up with a design first and the money second. 😀

    You know what would be wonderful? Semi-permanent tats. Like Lark said, Sharpies or something similar. You can remove them if you need to or let them slowly fade away.
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    • A Voracious Reader

      Oh yeah! Forgot to say my hubby has 2 (a pirate skull and the grim reaper with the saying “Death is just the beginning”) and I would love if he got more. Problem is money, as usual. 🙂 He went into the Marines in ’88 and out in ’97 and has yet to get a USMC tat. So, he’s definitely going to be getting the next one.
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    • Berls

      I love the idea of a bookshelf with books with kid’s names on it. Done right it could be really cool! I also really like the sharpy idea. Isn’t that kind of how henna tattoos are? I know they have religious significance (that I know nothing about) but the way they’re made is semi-permanent right?
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  26. Lark

    I don’t have tattoos. I don’t mind tasteful tattoos on other people. But I’m not comfortable putting permanent art on myself, because I know that over time, my tastes and interests have changed and will no doubt continue to do so. And I’m not fond of pain, either. Plus… well, skin sags and wrinkles as we get older. I always wonder, what’s that going to look like when s/he’s 60, 70, or 80?

    My daughter’s solution is pen or Sharpie. Stays on for a few days; wears off eventually. 😉
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  27. Bookworm Brandee

    I definitely like tats on men, Berls. YUMMY! I’m not particular about color vs B&W, but they do have to be done well. And I’ll know it when I see it as far as liking it. I like tats on women as well and I’ve always wanted one…since college. I used to use the excuse that if I got one, it wouldn’t be in the same place in 20 years…20 years later, that excuse doesn’t hold. (maybe 40?!?) But I’ve waited because like you, I want it to be perfect and I didn’t know what that was for me. Now, I’d really like to have my bookworm done – because my daughter designed it and it definitely reflects my passion. I thought I’d do it at 40, but 3 years later, I still haven’t. And I can’t explain why… LOL
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    • Berls

      Your bookworm sounds like a great tat – it’s meaningful, unique, and your daughter designed it so you’ll never regret carrying that piece of her with you. I hope you get it soon 🙂
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  28. Books Live Forever

    I worked at a tattoo shop for a little while when I was younger as a receptionist. My husband and I both have tattoos. I have 10 and he has 7. Hehe, I have more than him. Our oldest daughter who is 20 has 3. I have one that I wish I wouldn’t have gotten, but being young and dumb. *shrugs* I have one in memory of my parents who both dies from Cancer and one with my children’s names. More and more places are making it to where you have to cover up the tattoos and some police departments are going to not even hiring people who have them. It’s kinda frustrating to be judged by our appearances.
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    • Berls

      How cool to work at a Tattoo shop – probably helped with the cost! I know what you mean – I hate the way people attach so much meaning to things like tattoos when determining a person’s character. You’d think society would have realized by now that you can’t judge people like that – it kills me everytime someone does a glance over judgment of my BF. I’ve encountered plenty of people who have an “acceptable appearance” that I wouldn’t trust as far as I could throw them. And I’m not very strong.
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    • Berls

      It’s such a huge decision! Very little in life is so permanent, so I’m nervous about doing it wrong :/ I mean, yes you can get them removed but it costs even more than the tattoos!
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