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(August 11, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Itís becoming very popular to express yourself through your body. Tattoos and piercings have been getting more popular for years, and now they seem to be all over. Even television shows such as Miami Ink (and the new LA Ink) show the world what tattooing is all about. With tattoos and rings all around us, is there any reason we shouldnít rush out and get one when we turn eighteen?

Like any major life decision, you need to think carefully before you rush out and get inked or pierced. Tattoos are permanent, unless you have major bucks to spend getting it removed, and piercing may be more permanent that you think. Iím all for expressing yourself, but here are a few things to think about before committing.

The Artist

The absolute first thing you have to decide, once youíre committed to moving ahead with your new emblem, is who is going to do it. As tempting as it may be, donít let a friend pierce your ears or your belly button. Thatís just asking for an infection or, at the very least, a crooked hole. No offense to any friends out there.

Tattoos and piercing involve needles in the skin, which means you need to think about where that needle and needle holder have been. Would you get a shot at the doctorís office that wasnít highly sterile administered by someone who knows exactly what heís doing? So why is a tattoo any different?

Research whoís doing the work, find out where heís doing it, and then make extra sure everything is completely sterilized. Worse things than infections have been passed on through tattoo and piercing equipment. Need I say more?

Oh, and one last thought. There are places out there that will tattoo you before itís *technically* legal. If theyíre willing to break the law, they are much more likely to break the laws of cleanliness. My advice? Wait until you can get your work done by an absolute professional.

The Placement

There are so many cute places on your body to get tattoos these days. There are, of course, many places to get pierced besides your ears. With either, think very carefully about your choice. A flower on the top of your foot may be the cutest thing youíve ever seen, until youíre trying to land a corporate job someday.

Sure, tattoos express yourself and nobody can fire you for having one (unless its obscene or racist, etc...), but they can fire you for breaking their dress code. No, my friends, dress codes donít stop with graduation.

Many offices and other places of business have dress codes that include things like ďno visible tattoos or other markings.Ē That means youíll be wearing a band-aid over your cute tattoo every day unless you happen to be wearing boots. Good luck covering one on your neck or hands.

You may think youíre off the hook with piercings, but many piercings can leave a mark. Your belly button looks cute pierced, but when you take that ring out someday, your belly button might be scarred. The same is true for your eyebrows, lips and nose. Who wants to go through life with a weird looking scar on their nose?

The Design

Finally, you get to think about the design or ring. Get something you can not only live with but enjoy for years. Itís hard to think about yourself as old, but imagine yourself sitting in a nursing home someday. Will you still be proud of your Supergirl emblem on your ankle or would you feel more comfortably with a daisy?

Plan ahead and then go ahead. Itís your body, and once itís legal to do so, use it to express yourself. Youíre obviously already doing so with your clothes or you wouldnít be hanging out around the Doll Palace.

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Claymont, DE
Posted On: August 26, 2007
i have my ear piecred twice and am getting my belly buton peirced when im 16. i think peicings are better then tatoos because they c an be removed and dont ahve to be permemant
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Posted On: August 25, 2007
peircing my ears was one of the best choices i made! i never realized how many cute earrings there are out there!!! but i don't think a tattoo is a good idea. a dragon on ur back might seem awesome now....but wait till ur old and u wanna wear a bathing suit....
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Posted On: August 24, 2007
ewww!!!Tattoos r gross! Too many needles & blood!! (EWWWWWW!!!!!) + they r 4 life!!!!! I like the artificial ones more..... (then, you can, have them on your nails to! )
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Woodstock, IL
Posted On: August 23, 2007
Ok for everyone that is scared to get one. I know this is hard to hear... don't be. I was so scared to get a tattoo. I wanted one really bad though so I gave in and went for my 18th B-day which was the other day. I was So nervous... i sat in the chair and asked where it hurt less and he said every where you will feel something. Well i put it on my right leg about an inch or 2 above my ankle. Let me tell you it did not hurt. I sat there and talked on my cell phone when i got it. I plan on getting more soon
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Posted On: August 22, 2007
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Posted On: August 22, 2007
Very good article. Also, just to note...

If you get your belly button pierced before you are fully finished growing, it is scientifically proven that your piercing will eventually stretch and very well likely leaving you with a large hole where you are pierced. Don't believe me? Look it up. The explanation is simple... when you grow you stretch.
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Posted On: August 21, 2007
I want to get a tattoo when I'm older, but I know it's not heathly. I may or may not get it. I'll just have to decide in the future.
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Appleton, WI
Posted On: August 21, 2007
im not doing that
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Posted On: August 19, 2007
I would really like a tatoo.

A lightning bolt, a chinese symbol, and a dolphin.
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Union, KY
Posted On: August 19, 2007
Ugh.My dad is getting a dragon on his arm.My aunt is on the Pro side of this.She only has 2 ear peircings (of course she has different earrings).And got her belly button peirced when she was 16.She's 20 now,yeah.
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Charleston, SC
Posted On: August 18, 2007
I only have normal ear percings but I'm wanting about...six more-three more in each ear....

All the girls at school have their belly buttons peirced, but I don't find that idea very appealing....I don't really like tattoos...
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United Kingdom
Posted On: August 18, 2007
piercings i have to say are fun if you don't mind a bit of pain when i turned 16 i got my ears done 6 times so thats 12 needles in my ears lol

had my lip done 7 times...currently only got 2 in though...

and i have my nipple pierced...that WAS painful!

i have 1 tattoo which is wings on my shoulder blades.. took ages to do and it was pretty painful

as for it being there when i'm older...[older than i am now]

i don't really mind...its not like anyones actually gonna sit there look at an 80 yr old guys back and go ewwww wrinkly wings....

if they do they'll be classed as [in my opinion] really weird...


just my thoughts
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United States Minor Outlying Islands
Posted On: August 17, 2007
I have a nose pierce and several tattoos. I have tiger eyes for my best friend who died in a drive by shooting.
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Posted On: August 17, 2007
I know someone with a corset piercing. I love it.

I also know some one who got the top side of her wrist pierced-an the back of her neck. Can you say odd?

Anyways, someone else has a nose piercing, and decided to see how long it would take to totally grow over.


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