Glad to see so many of you lovely ladies have tattoos! smile
I have 8, I started when I was 16 with my ankle, and almost passed out with the pain ... but afterwards I couldn't believe it had really been that painful, so I went back 2 weeks later for another one to make sure! tongue
I have them all over the place, some big and some small, all really colourful, some I drew myself. My right arm has one big one that started as a couple of little ones and got joined together in a big design (so that reduced my total number of tatts, which I thought would make my mum happy, but it didn't!). I'm 27 now and haven't had anything done since I was 21, but I'm currently mulling over something to commemorate Nina's arrival.
As far as pain goes, it varies a lot depending on where it is (bony places hurt the most, fleshy places bleed the most - shoulda seen my thigh!), and also the detail of the tatt - black outlines tended to hurt more for me as the needle works differently to colouring in. And the longer it takes the more sore your skin gets. But it's not that bad, I found it quite exhilirating - there's a good thing coming at the end of it after all - and it was never so painful that I couldn't keep talking to my tattooist (except for that first time). Nowhere near as bad as labour for me!
I agree with the other mums, do think carefully about the location - but I have to say that it really doesn't matter what other people think - judgemental people will find something in you not to like whether you have tatts or not. Some of mine from years ago are designs I wouldn't necessarily chose again if I started over, but they are a part of my history, part of my story, and I love them for that. I made a rule not to get tatts below my elbow, so I could always cover them for work (I was a professional with a degree and tattoos - I love messing with people's stereotypes!), and on my wedding day they made neat accessories for my red dress.
Also make sure you go to someone with a good reputation - they probably won't be the cheapest, but once you've got a shoddy tattoo, having saved a few bucks won't be much comfort. Mine are all so well done I get heaps of compliments - they're still so bright and clear after all these years that people mistake them for stick-ons sometimes!
Geez I've gone on and on! One final thing - I have a little monster on my tummy above my belly button, and while I was pregnant I watched him grow ... I watched the stretch marks creeping towards him ... I hoped he'd escape ... but he got stretched! Never mind though, now my monster (his name is Bob) is larger than before, with some wee silver lines through him - but I still love him! smile
Good luck! tongue
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