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I Remember My First Tattoo

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    I was 18 and begged my mom to let me get it

    for my birthday (I was going to get it anyway but it would make the aftermath easier to deal with - family hates tattoos and piercings), I got a Gemini sign on my back right shoulder. Absolutely love it and I'm getting a lot more.
    Zacarabear Zacarabear 18-21, F Mar 26, 2014

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    Fairy For My Grandmother

    I got my first tattoo the first Tuesday after my 18th birthday, I had planned it years in advance it was to be a Fairy because I had a great friendship with my grandmother who could never leave the house, but whenever I could I'd bring her back a fairy statue. She passed away and...
    MuddTheUnknownSoldier MuddTheUnknownSoldier 18-21, F Feb 16, 2012

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    My First Tattoo...

    I got my first tattoo on the day I turned 18, but I had been planning for it since the Christmas before. I sketched my first tattoo myself.  It's a crescent moon with angular edges. There's a star hanging from a string attached to the moon and underneath it says "Among...
    SaraSkye SaraSkye 18-21, F Nov 23, 2009

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    Black Rose

    I got my first tattoo when i was 16. Made a bet with my friends at the time at a car race, if my car loses then i have to get a tattoo. My car lost that day and i ended up with a Black Rose tattoo. At first i was regretting it but now i look back on it and reminds me of one of...
    Crazy2LetUknow Crazy2LetUknow 26-30, F Aug 7, 2011

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    How Could I Forget?

    I was eighteen and had been waiting for the day forever. My older sister took me in to keep me company and make sure I didn't chicken out lol. I realized later that I was over charged but that's okay because I don't regret it to this day. With my nerves screaming at me to run...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 4, 2012

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    Inked

    I Just Got My First Tattoo July 16, 2011. I Was Sitting In The Chair Butterflies In My Tummy And Thats When Cali Said "Are You Ready?" So Many Thoughts Were Going Thru My Mind. I Had No Clue What I Was Getting Myself Into.. I Heard The Buzzing From The Needles And Soon Pain...
    breexoxo breexoxo 18-21, F Jul 23, 2011

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    My First Tattoo

    The first tattoo i got was two months after i had my son. I got a unicorn/ pegasus with a rainbow over it's head while it's on it's hind legs. Then I got my second one almost three years ago that one is of a unicorn and a rose , i'm hoping to get my last one very soon . I have...
    kimberley1972 kimberley1972 41-45, F Jul 23, 2011

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    I Did It Myself

    With a needle, thread and black India ink. It looks terrible!
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 18, 2010

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    It took for long hours

    but I didn't shed one tear. I felt the pain but i also kept laughing because of how ticklish I am. One minute I would say ouch that hurts and the next Im laughing an telling the tattoo guy to keep going.
    Knightt15 Knightt15 18-21, F Jan 16

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    My first tattoo iv got did not hurt

    as bad as I thought it would :)
    vicky170 vicky170 16-17, F Dec 8, 2014

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    There, But No Longer Seen...

    My first tattoo was when i was 16. The guy i was staying with at the time made a tattoo machine out of a tape deck motor and a toothbrush. Everyone staying in that house got a number 13 on their upper left arm. Years later i got it coverd up with a tribal design, because i...
    chaostrip13 chaostrip13 31-35 Apr 5, 2011

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    My First Tattoo

    Ahhh memories...I remember my first tattoo...I don't remember exactly when I got it, but I remember it. I had been wanting one for quite some time, my husband is one of those hurry up and wait kind of people. I remember I was pissed at him that day...go figure. The guy who did it...
    bluetatoo19712000 bluetatoo19712000 36-40, F Mar 9, 2012

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    I was eighteen. Got it to cover an ugly scar.

    Fell in love with tattoos, haven't looked back.
    Devinamaria Devinamaria 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2013

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    It Tickled!

    i got my first tatoo yesterday and to be honest.. yes it did hurt, but not as much as i was expecting. What i was NOT expecting was to be trying to hold back the laughter. The vibrations were making me giggle and my tattoo artist was like WTF? i love it though, and i already...
    loulou92 loulou92 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 20, 2010

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    And Probably My Last!!!

    All my life I wanted a tattoo.  My Uncle Ray had a hula girl tat on his leg and he could make her dance.  Every time we went to the beach with my cousin I would beg Uncle Ray to make her dance (much to the chagrin of my mother) and he always laughed and made her hula for me...
    giggles4488 giggles4488 56-60, F 18 Responses May 16, 2010

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    Adding on to my last story,

    when he was finished with the actual tattoo we put a fake face tattoo on and sent a pic to my mom and she flipped total **** it was hilarious. 😂
    Zacarabear Zacarabear 18-21, F Mar 26, 2014

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    Yep I Do

    I got it on my bday and I was drunk when I go my tattoo done ,but i dont drink anymore ,and it was like this rocker guy doing it
    PRETTYGIRLHATESTHEWORLD PRETTYGIRLHATESTHEWORLD 18-21, F Mar 23, 2011

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    My First Tattoo Of Many...

    I vividly remember my first tattoo. I was 13 years old and my boyfriends older brother was a tattoo artist. It was the beginning of my "rebellious" years, that have never seemed to come to and end. So I looked through stacks of flash while sitting in a chair in the tattoo studio...
    starnitestarbrite starnitestarbrite 31-35 Aug 30, 2010

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    Easing Going

    My first tattoo was sort of on a whim. I had just read Alexander Pushkin's "Queen of Spades". I was over 18, so age didn't matter.  I was in a college world literature class. I had gone to the tattoo parlor previously for other body modifications, mostly piercings. At the...
    morethanskindeep morethanskindeep 31-35, M May 16, 2010

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    So I'm getting an 13 inch tattoo :D In memory of my grandpa. This will be my first tattoo, but I handle pain VERY well!
    DeterminedToMakeLifeWorthIt DeterminedToMakeLifeWorthIt 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    Got a cross on my left forearm. First tattoo. I like it.
    josh221992 josh221992 22-25, M Dec 28, 2014

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    I got my first tattoo a few years ago...I believe I was 41. It says "Believe" & it's on the inside of my left forearm. I plan on getting more. I just need to wait until I have...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F 4 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    I am older and finally got my first tattoo lol I love dragons and it turned out perfect. so when you are ready do it .... I am super proud of mine : )
    kerac kerac 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    Tell me what your first tattoo was and how it went.
    DyerMakerr DyerMakerr 18-21, M 14 Responses Jan 16

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    I recently got my first tattoo I'm so in love with them I love the pain and they're so attractive I want so many more
    cailowe cailowe 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    I have a tattoo on the back of my neck of my moms name, with a flower that I drew and a butterfly hovering over the flower. I've had it since I was 19 and the colour has faded much...
    Blueskysabove Blueskysabove 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    All of my 4 tattoos so far have meaning. The first one I got was "carpe diem" on my right bicep. This is a motto I live every day by and so it means a lot to me. The second one I...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Jan 12

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    I'm sick of the stereotype that tattoos mean you have to be a bad person. Are people so ignorant and close-minded that they can't see that culture has changed? Just because I have...
    wolfboy1993 wolfboy1993 18-21 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I have a Tattoo that days FCF which stands for Family Comes First. and underneath that is a daffodil as a simble of my father who passed away 2 years ago. the tattoo artist who did...
    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I've been wanting to get a few tattoos. they are really expensive though and every time i get near the two to three hundred dollars something comes up that eats my tattoo money. I...
    ianbrewman ianbrewman 26-30, T 1 Response Jan 15

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    Getting A Tattoo 101: 1) THINK about the consequences of having something PERMANENTLY marked on your body. 2) THINK about the tattoo's meaning for you, and if it will remain true...
    BluCrystal BluCrystal 41-45 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Well I have a tattoo which I don't care too much for. It's a butterfly but not very well done. However a good friend and I went and got tattoos together so it holds a special...
    kallea78 kallea78 36-40, F 4 Responses Jan 2

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    It's a little cliche but I like to think my tattoos as a story of my life. I also like the artistic aspect of them but I don't take tattoos unless they have some meaning for me...
    pattericc pattericc 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    I met with my mom today and showed her the new tattoo I got yesterday (there's a picture in another experience I posted). My mom has always been okay with my tattoos, so of course...
    AmayaTsuki AmayaTsuki 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 13

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    Right now I have 6 tattoos. I'd like to take the first one I got at 18, young and dumb, and turn it into a 1/2 or 3/4 sleeve. Don't want to cover it up, just add to it.
    white95zj white95zj 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 1

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    Another addition to my collection of ink. It's halfway done. All that's left is the shading. This is my second tattoo. My first is my back piece, which is pretty huge. I'm already...
    AmayaTsuki AmayaTsuki 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 13

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    I have a massive tattoo all down my back, I really want to get it continued down one of my arse cheeks and thigh but I want to lose weight and tone up first!
    MoonStuff MoonStuff 22-25, F Jan 17

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    I met somebody who told me he wanted to get a tattoo, maybe perhaps a remembrance for his visit in my country. I asked him what he wanted to get but hesitated since i may think it...
    Califa Califa 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    When I become an adult, I want a tattoo. My brother keeps telling me that getting a tattoo is a stupid idea, but it's my body. I'm not gonna get a big tattoo, just something simple...
    EveCandi EveCandi 13-15, F 8 Responses Dec 29, 2014

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    Well you guys know I all ready have two tattoos, I been drawing a new tattoo that I am going to get some time, so I am a little excited right now, this drawing is coming around...
    jennymomof3 jennymomof3 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 10

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    I hate piercings and tattooes. One or two piercings on the ears are ok but nothing else. I think tattoos are horrible. I know I'll probably be attacked since everyone is pro to it...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 Jan 13

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    I have 4 tattoos. I drew two of them myself. You can see them in my photo albums. I love the artistic expression that they can bring. I love designing my own tattoos as well...
    lilminxx lilminxx 22-25, F 14 Responses a week ago

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    I currently only have one tattoo on my arm I love tribal tattoos if it wasn't for my job were I have to wear short sleeve shirts then I would have both of my arms covered in tribal...
    Paddymarsh92 Paddymarsh92 22-25, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have a tattoo on my arm that means a lot to me as I got it when my nan passed away a few years ago and I want to get more tattoos I love tribal tattoos my next one is going to be...
    Paddymarsh92 Paddymarsh92 22-25, M 2 days ago

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    I'm in the middle of my fourth tattoo, already had two sessions but extremely nervous to go back for the final session. See, I have every bit of faith in my tattoo artist he does...
    Justasimpl3thought Justasimpl3thought 18-21, F 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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    Who wants get inked? You still have this uncertainty over deciding since we are well aware that a tattoo is not just like a new haircut or new shoes. I know my tattoo is here to...
    AngelsBroughtMeHere AngelsBroughtMeHere 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2014

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    I have 4 tattoos. My favorite one is my ghostbusters tattoo
    chrisyoung chrisyoung 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 3

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    I know some of you told me to keep you updated with my tattoos and piercings, so I will. For my tattoos, I finished my sleeve, and added one behind my right ear. I added a lot of...
    xxbucksxx xxbucksxx 36-40, F 1 Response