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Exactly Erin: Tat Culture

by Erin on April 29, 2014

I did something new this weekend

I got a tattoo on my ribs! It’s something I’ve been thinking about and planning for a while but I’ve never actually acted on my want for a tattoo until a few weeks ago when I set my appointment. Tattoos are a tattoo design big thing with many CSU and non-CSU people in Fort Collins. Because of this there are many tattoo shops to choose from. Now, if I would have asked my mother before I got this she would have been totally against it…But I didn’t because I’m one of those tattoo loving individuals! (Sorry mom, I still love you!).

Places around town

My two favorite places to go to for any kind of body modification are Freakshow and Convenant Tattoo. With a name like “Freakshow” you might be a little hesitant to visit but don’t worry they’re really nice and ready to help you with whatever! I’ve gotten a few piercings from them and it’s always cool to see the people that visit and work there. Convenant is where I got my tattoo done this last Saturday. My tattoo artist Brian was fantastic and worked with me to make my first tattoo experience awesome! I’ve also been to a place called La Familia with a friend when he got his tattoo so I know from experience that La Familia will take good care of you as well.

My decisionGladius

My decision to get a tattoo took me years to make. I’ve always known what I wanted to get but never felt like the time was right for me to get it. So I let the idea of getting this tattoo sink in for a long time. The only thing I have ever loved enough to get tattooed on my skin is a hummingbird. I drew it myself and worked closely with Brian to make it come to life. It goes beyond just loving them because I have learned to use this animal as an example for me to be a more well rounded person. Everyone I know knows I have a thing for hummers. And though most people don’t think they’re the most amazing creatures I’ve come to see this little bird as a sort of ‘spirit animal’ for me. I can be very outgoing and dogmatic. I don’t like being told I’m wrong and if I could solve all my problems by pushing them out of my way I wouldn’t mind that at all. I have the capacity to be diplomatic and flexible and in recent years I’ve been trying hard to view the world from the perspectives of others as well as my own. Hummingbirds help me because their nature is so contradictory to mine and yet they aren’t any less strong or any less of a living thing as I am. Some people get lions, or tigers, or bears tattooed on their bodies to signify their strength. But I am already strong in the aggressive way. I have to learn to be strong like the hummingbird. They teach me that it’s ok for my presence to be smaller and quiet in life sometimes. I can be the lion easily. But the thought of taking the place of a mouse used to offend me because “mice aren’t strong and lions are”. But there are stories of lions needing the help of mice to pull thorns from their paws. It’s all about balance and understanding for me. It is because of this that I got an Allen’s Hummingbird (my particular favorite) tattooed on my side. So the next time I let someone or something get under my skin I’ll think of my tattoo and remember I don’t have to react to that person like a lion.

The Experiencerib tattoos hurt

I warn you now, rib tattoos hurt. It’s like a vengeful cat slowly painting a picture on your side with it’s newly sharpened claws. It won’t kill you or make you cry but it’s just enough to make you shake and close your eyes REAALLLY tight. During the whole experience I kept talking to my friend to distract myself. I don’t remember most of the things I said but after a while I just started blurting random things like “Ligers are infertile!” and “This! Feels! Amazing!” (it didn’t feel amazing…). But now that it’s over I feel proud that I got my first tattoo on a spot that some seasoned tattoo owners won’t go near. It’s only about 4 inches long and it’s my baby and I love it.

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Scripting Shelby: To Ink or Not to Ink; that is the Question

by Shelby on November 17, 2011

Today’s Song: “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” by The Offspring

In this day and age, our generation has found a new art, that can make older generations cringe. Well, technically not new but not just reserved for criminals and sailors anymore. The fine art of tattooing. I admit, with pride, that I have one and am currently planning another. But the thing is, this wasn’t just some act of rebellion, some people decorate the walls, I decorate my skin. So how do you know if a tattoo is right for you?

Well, for one, think of your future

If you’re a girl, and you know you want kids, do not tattoo your stomach. Do you really think a butterfly tramp stamp is something you’ll never regret? Does that butterfly mean the world for you? And when you go for the career, do you think they’ll want the person with the tattoo on their face? Probably not. 32076_395709681289_630756289_4646413_5523230_n

I planned my first tattoo for about a year, changing my mind, reworking it, making it so it was perfect. I wanted it. And I thought of my future. On my shoulder, it is very easy to cover. Not to mention, as a teacher I most likely will not be wearing backless clothing.

Does it mean anything to you?

Or is it just a pretty picture? What means the world to you? I do not suggest getting anyone’s name unless of course you can never get rid of them, like family. Just a bad idea. People change but tattoos don’t. My tattoo has an extremely personal connotation to me, no matter what it is, as will my next and however many I end up with.

Okay so you want to get a tattoo but you’re worried about being labeled a no-good-hippy-delinquent. That’s the beauty of our generation. We’re changing that ideal. Eventually, maybe, one day, we’ll be in charge. Tattoos now are as common as ear piercings. They aren’t as taboo anymore (and yes, I love calling a tattoo a taboo).

In the end it’s up to you, just please don’t be stupid about it.

Until, sadly, after Thanksgiving break where I will eat and sleep for just about all of it. Enjoy your nummies.