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My first tattoos were self-done stick-and-pokes.

At the age of 13.

Under the influence of massive amounts of cheap whiskey.

Done with a syringe and India Ink.

On my fingers.

 

I didn't do any for a while.

Then around the age of 18, while running from the law...I decided to make it a weekly thing.

Done with my hobo friends.

While sitting on the sidewalk.

It was a "bonding" thing.

 

I let a 15 year old runaway tattoo my face.

Then I took him to SF.

He disappeared one day.

Then about 10 years later, I ran into him again.

In Dallas.

He was successful at whatever job he had.

And a member of Half Dead.

That was well-known for giving people hand-pokes.

Stick Pin Ben was his name.

 

I left them alone for a number of years.

Concentrated on getting old ones covered up.

With things bigger and better.

 

Then a few years ago I once again picked up my sewing needle and India Ink.

Gave myself one as a symbol of a super good friendship with a person on here.

It has a circus tent.

And some letters.

TSCB.

Its Top Secret.

 

Now that I am in my 30's.

And have a lot of really nice tattoos, I have once again gotten back into these things.

 

We have Sunday night dinner parties.

After dinner, we give each other and ourselves tattoos.

It's fun.

And some good stuff has come out of it.

Like memories.

 

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3 of us have matching "WHAT WE DO IS SECRET" tattoos.

Cute stuff.

 

Here's one of those things I make.

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This thing on my leg took me a few hours.

 

 

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The only pic I have where you can see what a mess my fingers are.

 

 

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Blurry, but this thing is super cute.

chopsticks did that clipper ship with LDN.

When I was in London, duh.

and rolling nowhere did that snake thing.

in his kitchen.

 

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Heavy Metal Mustard Party.

 

 

 

 

Save the remarks about how there's already a BAD TATTOO thread.

 

Anyone else?

 

 

 

 

 

Also.

Everything about this is awesome.

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Fairly hygienic.

New needles come sterile.

New caps each time.

Saran wrap on the work surface.

Clean rinse water, clean paper towels.

...sometimes.

 

Not always.

 

The only one I've ever had problems with was a tooth I did on my arm.

In memory of a tooth I had pulled.

In the first few days after it was done, I went to Schlitterbahn.

AKA The Hottest Coolest Time In Texas.

(a water park that is river water)

Bobbing around in river water all day made it go gross.

It didn't get super gnar though.

Just looked gross for a week.

Then faded fast.

 

I just treat em like other tattoos.

Wash em twice a day.

Use Aquaphor.

No problems.

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Some of my first tattoos where stick and pokes, followed by a couple from a homemade gun all from a buddy that went on to tattoo professionally. All are covered by real tats now, mostly done by the guy that did my stick and pokes. Come full circle and all that.

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I just change my mind too much to do anything permanent. I guess that's what confuses me, mainly the people I know that are 'tatted up' are people that have made terrible life choices - which is what initially turned me off them. When I was a young lad, I used to cop dope from an older bloke, I had to catch two trains and ride my bike for about half an hour just to get there, his house was decrepit, he was too, and he had a tattoo on his forearm, which was the name of his ex-wife.

 

Stuck with me, yo.

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The idea that you have to like it for life is pretty common. I'm quite sure I'll eventually think some of mine are dumb. Or hilarious. Or just be a memory. But some images are simply timeless. My panther is never going to mean more or less than "panther" and its always going to look awesome. Unless I become a burn victim.

 

Life is too dumb to take so seriously.

I never did stick and pokes. At the age when I should have been I was more into trying to scarify myself. I'm glad those healed/are covered now.

 

I tried once to make a scar into a tattoo by rubbing ink into an open wound. It didn't hold. glad too because I don't need a NOFX tattoo...

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Agreed. I'm not passing judgement. Just passing on my own experience. These days tattoos are becoming a bit of a fashion accessory. I fully respect people that have loved ones/lost ones permanently attached to them.

 

Like I said, we're all different. I don't discriminate on people that walk in here covered in ink - but I'm starting to hear 'where's your tats?' and words to that effect in conversation. I always thought the idea of the tattoo was that it was for you, and not for everyone else.

 

Do you remember when you didn't take a photo of every single piece of graffiti you did? I'm feeling old now.

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I dont have a single tattoo, or piercing. I have no idea why. I don't think I believed in something enough. Or I never wanted to communicate something that badly. Or maybe tattoos are either something you figuratively get or you just don't get. If I ever got something I always fantasized it would be cthulhu related around my neck. Maybe Im better off staying clean. Too much rebellion.

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Haha.

I hear you on that.

I was just saying, you'll probably never find an image that you want on you for life. So let it be a memento from a time in your life. If you want one or kind of like the idea of one.

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My wife has some. Ankle shits. I almost, but never got ink of any kind during my adolescence. Almost all my friends are covered. I'm pretty much in the boat of not wanting distinguishing marks. Blending in has benefits...

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Funny everyone came here at the same time with a similar idea. I got a phone call when I was writing my response and by the time I replied there were 3 more posts above mine.

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Yup it's like, whoa is this 12oz? PEOPLE ARE POSTING? Although when this window gets closed I probably won't log in for a week in between OH SNAP pages and login fuck ups.

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The idea that you have to like it for life is pretty common. I'm quite sure I'll eventually think some of mine are dumb. Or hilarious. Or just be a memory. But some images are simply timeless. My panther is never going to mean more or less than "panther" and its always going to look awesome. Unless I become a burn victim.

 

Life is too dumb to take so seriously.

I never did stick and pokes. At the age when I should have been I was more into trying to scarify myself. I'm glad those healed/are covered now.

 

I tried once to make a scar into a tattoo by rubbing ink into an open wound. It didn't hold. glad too because I don't need a NOFX tattoo...

 

Panthers are forever cool.

As are snakes, skulls, and daggers.

If it is cool when it's made, it will be cool forever.

Even if it fades and your skin wrinkles...it just adds more character to it.

 

Lately, I have been doing ones that I shoulda done when I was 13.

PMA on my hand.

Black Flag bars on my palm.

The one I am about to do is gonna take the cake when it comes to teenage icons.

 

For me, it's not about everything having to have some deep meaning behind it.

It's about getting things that I like to look at.

I have ones from when I was 18 that I still like.

They were done well and have held up well and even though that was a shit time in my life, there were good times and it reminds me of those times.

Remember the good, forget the bad.

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My wife has some. Ankle shits. I almost, but never got ink of any kind during my adolescence. Almost all my friends are covered. I'm pretty much in the boat of not wanting distinguishing marks. Blending in has benefits...

 

My man had 1 tattoo when I met him.

It is hidden away.

He now has 2 stick and pokes.

That "killroy was here" up there.

And a WHAT WE DO IS SECRET.

I don't want him to get a whole lot of tattoos.

And he doesn't want me to get my back, stomach, or back of my thighs.

 

We'll see what happens with that.

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I always thought, IF I got a tattoo, it would either be my entire chest, or entire back. Something large yet hidden. But I doubt I ever will.

 

I like the Killroy. And for pokes they're not bad at all.

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Even with no visible tattoos....he does not "blend in".

I don't like plain things.

 

I am going to take more pics this weekend of the rest of em.

My one friend has some super super good ones.

 

I did one on this chick last weekend that was RIP in Nordic runes for her good friend that just passed away.

I like stuff like that.

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