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Tattoo (A Love Story)

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My husband is not a fan of tattoos, but the woman he married is, and so he has developed an appreciation for them. Because he finds me sexy, he also finds every inch of my skin sexy…including the parts with colorful ink underneath the surface.

Nobody looking at me would think rebel or biker babe. I look like a be-freckled girl next door, and (perhaps) more innocent than I am. If I had a dime for how many times I told a slightly off-color joke and had someone gape at the incongruity of those words coming from someone they perceived as more of a Maryann than a Ginger.

I know that there are a lot of wholesome women and upstanding men with tattoos, though. The people who take issue with the concept like to portray them as only for convicts, sailors, and loose women, but true aficionados know the truth: they are what you make them. They can be a tacky adornment, a silly impulse (soon regretted), a personal statement, or a work of art.

Because I was a fan long before I was touched by a needle, I discovered a secret: there are a lot of fine upstanding citizens with ink. How did I find this out? By complimenting others with visible tattoos. Know what happens? Bankers and doctors and stay-at-home moms start rolling up sleeves and pant legs. There are a whole lot of people with tats who are nothing like the stereotype.

People use the word “addictive,” too easily, but tattoos can be addictive. The endorphin rush which is the natural response to pain, the sense of making a personal statement, and the feelings of transformation combine to make it an experience that many choose to repeat. Although I only have 2, I can honestly say that both times were positive experiences for me. (My husband looked a little queasy watching….)

With this in mind, I’d like to recommend a movie called Tattoo, a Love Story. Haven’t heard of it? It’s an indy film which I happened to stumble upon at the local video store, and I’m glad I did. It’s the story of a grade school teacher who is appalled when one of her students brings to school a tattoo artist for show and tell. Do I even have to mention they fall in love?

The movie both acknowledges that many people don’t understand the desire to be tattooed, while also explaining why so many people do enjoy the experience. The leads are about as opposite as can be, but somehow they have terrific chemistry that makes you believe in them as a couple.

The female lead, Megan Edwards as Sarah, did a wonderful job portraying a woman at a crossroads in her life and learning to open up her mind to new possibilities. Isn’t that what we all must do when we come to a dead end? (Turn around and find a new way to go.)

Virgil Mignanelli plays Virgil. (What a stretch.) He’s a big teddy bear of a guy who you end up wanting to hug. He’s the sort of guy, who while not an Adonis, should get the girl!

I’m not saying that this movie deserved to sweep the Oscars, but it was an enjoyable film for even the people who think ink is only for pens and printers!

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  • I put in the Amazon info, but it’s not showing up…any ideas?

  • Eric Olsen

    you had spaces and a line break after the final ASIN. Very nice story, even though I “think ink is only for pens and printers”

  • Awww, you’ve never seen a tattoo that’s caught your fancy?

  • Eric Olsen

    well, no, especially not the two small ones on my daughter’s bikini line and ankle

  • Eric Olsen

    and not these either

  • That’s comforting to know.

  • I love those!

  • Eric Olsen

    many do, check out the comments

  • I do believe tat the key to remaining happy with tattoos longterm was stated in the other entry, selecting something with deep personal meaning, and taking good care of it.

    My first tat is about 5 years old and has not faded at all ’cause I’m not a sun-worshipper at all. And when it is exposed there is sunblock.

    My favorite tattoo is the second one, because it was perfect. I thought about what I wanted, did my research, found an artist who understood what I wanted, and I ended up with something unique and special for me.

    It’s an anklet of animals in the style of cave drawings — wolf, deer, turtle, and bear. Anyone who knows me for long, or spends time at my blog, can understand why I chose those images.

  • I’ve been wanting to get a tattoo of a dragon on my arm for over two years and was even recommended a reliable designer but I’m chicken when it comes to pain.

    Hopefully a day will come when I will march into the palour and say this is what I want and emerge victorious.

  • I don’t think anyone can tell someone else how much it will hurt — pain is subjective. I can say that I’m a wimp when it comes to pain, but I did not find my experiences to be that bad.

    For me, it was a burning sensation, and every time it started to get to be too much the artist had moved on.

    The only advice is to make it really special…don’t get a flash dragon (flash is the pre-drawn pics on the wall) — figure out what you want, even print up images with the basic idea, and if you cannot draw, any tattoo artist worth using should be able to design it based on your instructions.

  • Thanks for the useful advise as I’m totally ignorant on this subject.

    I was thinking of a small dragon with just its face,front two legs and tail showing.

    Probably will get it done once I’ve had my baby and got my figure back.

  • Is there a reason for a dragon…if you don’t mind sharing?

  • I’ve had a love affair with dragons since I was a five year old. They reflect raw power and yet are such agile beautiful creatures.

    I even wanted a custom built teak wood dragon headboard…found out that it was way to expensive. Guess when I get rich enough….

  • Sounds terrific — something you’ve loved since 5 is a good choice. It’s not likely you’ll wake up and say, “Blech! Dragons!” 🙂

  • Ah, but if I get chunky, the poor fellow with get all flabby. That is my big fear.

    Which is your favorite tattoo?

  • Fave of mine? The anklet of cave drawing animals. Of the individual animals the deer is my favorite and the bear is my least favorite (just because I want it shaded a little different.)

    I want to get a fox based loosely on a picture I saw on a tarot card. http://www.gaiantarot.com/majors/fool.html

  • This might be interesting for you (for ideas: learntarot.com

  • Wow, I loved the fox and think the red celtic dragon would be really nice on my upper thigh. A small one on the arm and big on the leg.

    I know I’m putting the cart before the horse. One at a time

  • Yep, that’s how it gets started!

  • Good review – makes me want to go out and hire it. I am what you would call an ‘aficionado’ of tattoos so love everything to do with body art.

    Have a read of this article about a young arts student in the UK who is a big Star Wars fan as well as a fan of tattoos.



  • Interesting site.

  • Dan Hooven

    I enjoyed this site.
    I have a thing for animal tracks.
    they are kind of plain however.
    I think some cave drawings would be a nice addition to bring out some reality.
    Have you seen any sites that have good representations. I would like to show the life and hunt of these fine animals.

  • I just find general web searches are the best way to go — and it’s always best to add a unique touch.

  • whoh elton jude aguiar
    idea good ?
    Andrew Loog Oldham
    Tucker Carlson
    Rick Hiebert
    Always Sunday
    Allan Slutsky
    Dr. Helen Smith
    Jan Hammer
    Martin Atkins