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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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evilbutcute_22

22/Female
Fredericksburg, VA
Posted On: August 17, 2007
I'm getting the tatoo that my boyfriend was about to get before he died. But I'm going to personalise it a bit more. So it'll be a wolf and a cobra together, with the words: Those we love never leave us.

James McClienon 1990-2006

I don't know if I should get it on my fore-arm or on my back though. I think my arm.
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 17, 2007
My Fried Kirsty Has A Tounge One And She Said If Ya Take It Out U Can Never Find It Again.

And Btw My Cousin, Melsey Had Her Belly Button Peirced And It Hurts-10
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ilovesjb

21/Female
Chicago, IL
Posted On: August 17, 2007
i want a belly ring does it hurt anyone? on a scale from on to ten how does it hurt
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kkingsolver

21/Female
Paonia, CO
Posted On: August 17, 2007
think about this. Would you be happy with a butterfly or whatever tattooed 2 ur a*s when your 50 or so? I think it's all about placement
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sexy_doll_chic

22/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: August 16, 2007
devotingly_emo, I do know what corset piercings are. Those are awesome.

In less than a month, my mother is letting me get my nose pierced for my birthday. Though it will leave a scar if I ever decided to take it out, I really couldn't care. Life is all about freedom and doing what you want to do. This is a good, informative article though.
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gretchenridgle

27/Female
Coalinga, CA
Posted On: August 16, 2007
So far I only have ears and my tongue pierced. To be honest, my ears hurt more than my tongue. I also had no swelling and was pretty much able to eat. Sometime in the next year my husband and I are getting tattoos.
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Eggs1

20/Female
NY
Posted On: August 16, 2007
I have a belly button ring, and it hurts while youre getting it, but after, it doesn't really hurt, and its worth it. I might get a tattoo someday, but im not sure.
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Knewgirl

22/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: August 16, 2007
My mum has a few tatoos but she was dating a tatoo artist... but this is a very informative article^_^
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sillyplay

24/Female
Bucyrus, OH
Posted On: August 16, 2007
im only 14 and i have 3 tattoos
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godsmack1283

30/Female
Clintondale, NY
Posted On: August 16, 2007
Hurts?? HURTS?!?!?! I've come close to falling asleep through my tattoos!!! There's no pain if you can take it. The needle feels AMAZING and the results are even better!!!!!! I have four so far. I'm still not done. Tattoos get addicting.
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MegaPega101

19/Female
Southern View, IL
Posted On: August 16, 2007
let me give you a little bit of a clue getting a tattoo is basicly needles pushing ink below the serface of your skin.....and the faster the needle the more it hurts
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MegaPega101

19/Female
Southern View, IL
Posted On: August 15, 2007
ok I'm only twelve and i'm already planning my 18th birth day and I'm gonna take a road trip to L.A. and get 3 tattoos a ? on the back of my neck a star on my ankel and a heart on my lower back.......I'm a trooper
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RODEONan40

48/Female
Alliance, NE
Posted On: August 15, 2007
What is better, bigger or smaller tats? Also, where does it hurt more? I've heard that close to the bone, like on the ankle, hurts more than like say the thigh or bicep...thoughts????

Peace!
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 15, 2007
THANKS NIKKOLAI
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nikkolai

29/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 15, 2007
your welcome hazel and mrs_11 it doesn't hurt as bad as you'd actually think...considering you get needles shoved through your skin without any pain control...its pretty okay!

i strongly recommend eating something before hand though

i usually skip breakfast and i hadn't eaten when i got my snakebites and it caused me to pass out which honestly was more scarey than getting pierced!

oh just incase no1 had realised yet i'm also taiNted_creations
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