HercTech From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 61 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1904 times:
I have been thinking a lot lately about getting a small tattoo of a Japanese Kanji symbol. This is of course a difficult decision to make, after all this is permanent. Anyway just to guage some opinions, what are your thoughts on a white guy with, an intense appreciation of Asian cultures, but probably no true understanding of Kanji, having a tattoo on him? I know there are a lot of people who dont really like these kind of things, as it seems wrong to them when you are not actually related to the culture you are scribing on your body, however I feel quite strongly about my appreciation for these cultures, and I feel I would like to express this in an important way.i am considering the Japanese Kanji symbol for "Hope" as my tattoo. what would you think if you saw this, especially if you are Japanese or understand Japanese Kanji?
As long as you have researched this throughly enough to know that what your thinking of getting REALLY is what you are getting I don't have a problem with this.. BUT If you had seen my starwars post you would know the following: I have one Tattoo (of my own design) incorporating the peace symbol, an american flag, a Heart, and a Smiley face. The design took 5 years to refine, not that it's 'that good' but because of my experience of seeing two dead Bikers at a morgue. Knowing that one day I'll be on a slab, I want whoever sees what I have on my skin to say 'Hey, that's pretty cool' not 'man this guy has some fu¢ked up tattoos'. I have a feeling revelations like this might be responsible for a lot of women who are undoing the Tattoos at the small of their back, because they realize the message doesn't really fit them.
I would give the thought another year or two, and see if the passion is still there, if you stil want one then, I think the worst thing you will say about it later in life is that it represented a couple (or hopefully more) years of your life that you felt so strongly abut the subject.
NWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4882 posts, RR: 10 Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1866 times:
DON'T GET ONE!!! Sure, it'll look cool now, but when you get older, it'll look like a kindergartener's watercolor painting in the rain. Plus, it's permanent, unless you decide to get it removed by some tatoo-removing specialist, but that'll still be painful, and it'll be rediculous. Don't bother.
Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
JGC84 From Japan, joined Nov 2004, 4 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1863 times:
Interesting that you mentioned getting a tattoo and an appreciation of Asian cultures at the same time. You may want to do more research on what getting a tattoo means in traditional Japan, before going ahead with it. (Tattoos are often stigmatized by the Japanese, especially the older generations, because they associate them with yakuza, or Japanese mafia).
That being said, the kanji character for "hope" is one of the better ones I think. If you are actually getting one, make sure that you get it in a place where people actually know kanji characters well, since I've seen some funny kanji tattoos. (One time I saw a person with the character "bean" on his arm, presumably because the top part of the character for "richness" was missing.)
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 69 Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1830 times:
I'm thinking about buying one cheesy piece of commercial "art" at a poster shop and hanging it on the wall, in fact I'll get multiple prints and put the same picture on the every wall in my house and I'll leave them there for the rest of my life. Better yet, I'll find one that I though was cool when I was just out of my teens and put that one up!
Does that sound like a dumb idea?
Well, how is it different from a tattoo?
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
ART, which like it or not Tattoos are; are a form of PERSONAL expression. This is why SOME people get them and some people choose not to. It's not right or wrong, it's a choice, it's an expression, it's not your business. If I want to get "STAR WARS SUCKER" Tattooed to my forehead that's my choice/decision to make. It's your right to choose to point at me in line and LAUGH your A$$ off while I'm waiting to see episode 3. If that is the kind of Ludicrous statement I want to make, let me live with it!!
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1776 times:
ART, which like it or not Tattoos are; are a form of PERSONAL expression.
This is why SOME people get them and some people choose not to.
I would bet a large sum of money that MOST (about 75%) people who get tattoos get them not to be "original" or to express themselves, but rather for one of the following:
1. Because so many other people are. You know...that whole conformity whore thing.
2. An authority figure (parent, uncle, or older sibling) told them not to. That whole "I'm 21 and know EVERYTHING" rebellious attitude when in reality you're a know it all brat who really knows nothing.
3. It was a spur of the moment decision influenced by drugs, alcohol, a sexual encounter, or a combination of all three thereof.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1773 times:
Now if you want to be original or get something different instead of the ubiquitous Japanese symbols, hearts/flowers, barbed wire, and the sun/moon, get something TRULY original like Wile E. Coyote picking his teeth with a RoadRunner feather a-la toothpick.
174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1768 times:
See getting tattoo opinions is hard, because for example I really may have a strong connection to cows, and want a cow tattooed on my back but nobody else would like it. I got a tattoo months ago and since I put a lot of effort into the design (I worked with the artist a lot), thought about what I was actually doing for a year before I got it, I wake up every day with a smile on my face knowing I made the right choice. All I can say is think about if it really means something to you, and not just a "Hey I want to get a tattoo, what should I get."
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1761 times:
Quoting Newark777 (Reply 8): You're comparing the X-1 and the Wright brothers' first flight to a little Kanji tattoo? Wow.
In the context of "Stupid Ideas" sure.. That Tattoo, if gotten, will be a life altering event for HercTech..Breaking the sound barrier or getting into the air did nothing for Chuck Yeager or the Wright brothers did it? Oh wait.. it made their public lives, and happened to influence the lives of millions. Influencing of millions of lives likely won't happen in this case, but if it make him happy, who cares?
Quoting Matt D (Reply 10): I would bet a large sum of money that MOST (about 75%) people who get tattoos get them not to be "original" or to express themselves, but rather for one of the following:
I have a problem with the "or to express themselves" no matter HOW bad of an expresion it is, it is an expression.
I wish I could prove this overall statment wrong. Unfortunately I am the only person I know of who isin't a tattoo artist (or for the most part an artist at all) that has a tattoo that they personally designed.
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1750 times:
Quoting 174thfwff (Reply 13): See getting tattoo opinions is hard, because for example I really may have a strong connection to cows, and want a cow tattooed on my back but nobody else would like it. I got a tattoo months ago and since I put a lot of effort into the design (I worked with the artist a lot), thought about what I was actually doing for a year before I got it, I wake up every day with a smile on my face knowing I made the right choice. All I can say is think about if it really means something to you, and not just a "Hey I want to get a tattoo, what should I get."
Here's my tattoo for discussion sake...
Great Tattoo!! I wouldn't have one like that as I'm not Irish, but it is beautiful!!
I'll see if I can get a pic of mine up soon so you all can see it.
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1712 times:
I don't really get tattoos these days.
I have an urge to get a tattoo, but unlike most other people, it seems that I think through things before doing it. I have to agree with something that a little hottie actress named Jennifer Love Hewitt once said. "I would like to get a tattoo, but can't see myself as a 70 yr old grandmother with one." To be honest, she makes a point. I can't see a guy like me being a 70 year old grandmother with one, either. But here is the thing, although I do not have a tattoo, they can be cool on the right person or the right thing. I do not pass judgement on someone just because they have a tattoo. If they want one, then thats their decision. Tattoos on the small of a girl's back, for me, is extremely sexy. Granted, it has to be the right design and all, but it is extremely sexy and somewhat arousing, and I have yet to be with a girl who has one. But, I really don't think that 20 years down the road, that I would want my wife to have a tattoo on her back, especially after having a couple of kids. But every girl over the age of 18 seems to have on these days. In 10 years, 75% of those girls will regret doing so, but apparently I am the only one who thinks about that.
I would say to think about it over and over and over. Take it a step further, get some of those temporary ones painted on; you know, the ones that will stay on for like 2 weeks? Get them over and over and over. If, after about 2 years, you still want one so bad, then do it. Before hand, take some time off and visit BikeWeek in Daytona Beach. Cruise around and check out the tattoos on the older guys. They look pretty nasty. If I'm not mistaken, that is because the ink in your body bleeds as your skin expands or contracts. The tattoo may look cool for the first 5 or 10 years, but then it starts to look bad, and the only choice then is to either get it removed($$$$$) or live with it(keep it covered a lot). Its purely your choice.
As much as they are sexy on a woman's back, I don't think that most really think it through. Is anyone dating a woman who has one on her back? Maybe she can enlighten us on whether she thought about it or just did it on a sudden urge?
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1704 times:
Quoting OttoPylit (Reply 19): The tattoo may look cool for the first 5 or 10 years, but then it starts to look bad, and the only choice then is to either get it removed($$$$$) or live with it(keep it covered a lot). Its purely your choice.
My Understanding, and I'm going to get this verified soon, is that you can always touch up the tattoo or get it done over, and depending on the colors and what you want to do, have it replaced by something entirely diferent. I don't want to replace what I have, I love the design I made, but it has seen better days and I would like to update it a touch.
Jared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1697 times:
Tattoos are a lifelong commitment. If you don't take care of them, they will look like crap years down the road.
1. Get touch-ups
2. Keep tattoos out of direct sunlight for prolonged amounts of time
3. If you are going to be in the sun for a while, put on anti-fade lotion
4. If you don't have anti-fade, use high SPF sunblock (anti-fade is recommended though)
5. Stay strict to the aftercare rules immediately after getting a tattoo. The first 4-6 weeks of getting a tattoo are the *MOST IMPORTANT* Don't keep it in the sun, soaking in water, or let it dry out. Keep it moisturized but also don't overmoisturize, as that can be bad as well.
Greasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3066 posts, RR: 22 Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1691 times:
People lighten up...it is a freaking tatoo...It is not a life altering event....it is not eveno goingto change the person or how they are percieved...Sheesh....you would think the guy was talking about murdering kittens. if he does not like it will cost a few thousand to remove....not the 80 grand that was tossed arround.....
It is simple...if yoiu want a tatoo and are sure then get it...if not then wait....
Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1660 times:
It is not a life altering event
In most cases, you're right. It isn't. But there are those cases where someone gets one on a whim-such as a boy/girlfriends name (or worse...their likeness) and they break up later (which they usually do). Or you get something that you saw on a moments notice, thought it was cool, funny, or whatever. Then a few years later, you look at it in the mirror and ask yourself "what the HELL have I done?"
Or you go to some hole in the wall parlor-or worse...have a buddy do it after both of you have chugged an entire case of Cold Duck and are smashed out of your gourds.....and you end up with syphillis or HIV.
THEN what are you going to do?
it is not eveno goingto change the person or how they are percieved
Well again, in most cases, you're probably right. But again, it depends on what the 'tat' is, the personality of the person who has it, where it is, and who sees it. You're right. If some chick gets a little flower on her ankle or lower back, no one is going to care. On the other hand, if some guy gets a swastika embedded on his forehead, he's going to have a tough time getting that job as Lead Teller in the bank.