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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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nikkolai

29/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 13, 2007
i got my ears done at claire's that was fine but my first lip piercing i found out was done by a guy who wasn't even licensed to pierce!

and my snakebite which i've most recently gotten...the girl was drunk when she did it...

i wouldn't say piercings are a bad thing hence why i've got some but i guess you really have gotta be careful where you get stuff done!

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cammillerox

24/Female
Beverly Hills, CA
Posted On: August 13, 2007
I have had a hole in each ear peirced scince I was 18 mos. old. yes 18 months. But thats I'll I'm going to really peirce. A magnetic bellybutton ring looks just as real and sexy as a real one plus it doesn't hurt or get infected and theres no commitment. And I think if your going to tatoo you should so it more discretyely than a massive whinnie the pooh motief in rainbow colors going down your calf.(Yes I saw some one In Dillards with that tatoo, It was pretty awful.)
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 13, 2007
Claire's does the best ear peircing.
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caraluvsbonzfo

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 13, 2007
ive got two piercings at the bottom and my cartrigde done but i propabley wont have any thing else done cause some people have there eyebrows and everything done i just think it looks horrible

nice article
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xxSCENEqueenXX

22/Female
Germany
Posted On: August 13, 2007
right now i just have one peircing on each ear... (yes very boring and sad...) I had a cartilage peircing(way upper ear) but it got infected. That really upset me because it looked so cool & was 50 dollars out of my own money too. I might try it again though, maybe it wont get infected this time. But since i still live with my bosy mom, (dad doesn't care much) i need to wait until i'm 18 for snakebites. I don't know how she'd feel about a tat, but i know she hates snakebites so i definatly need to wait on that. But for the tatto i want i might be able to get that sooner... (maybe 16 or 17) The design i want is a gothic vine type of thing. It'll be around my wrist. To you it may seem like it has no meaning, but it truly does.
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blubbernugget1

20/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: August 13, 2007
oh and i do have my ears peirced i love earings
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blubbernugget1

20/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: August 13, 2007
hey peoples you know y its dangerous to get your bellybutton peirced because if it gets infected it can harm your colon my step aunt had to have a peice of her colon removed because hers got infected and yes she had it professionaly done
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: August 12, 2007
i have all the piercings i want, two in each ear. i think that's fine, i can wear studs and hoops at the same time, it rocks! but i won't get anything else, i don't want it to strech out and look all ugly, and tatoo removal is like five times as much as getting one in the first place. and belly buton piercings? what happens if you get pregnant, or deide to play a sport, or even if it gets infected? NASTYNESS!!!!!!!!
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hollister101

22/Female
Cordova, TN
Posted On: August 12, 2007
i have 4 holes in my ears. and i have my belly button pierced. u talk about regretting getting a tattoo when your older but if u dont get it then u might regret it just as much. i think tattooing is just another form of art. it can also be used to remember people like my grandmother died. she was my bestfriend. i got her name tattoed on the back of my neck under my hair. i know im young and my dad wasnt happy when he found out what i did but he usually isnt happy with me in the first place. but i dont think theres any thing wrong with it but u should definantly think about the things u talked about. good article i liked it
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XBeautiful_Dis

22/Female
Clarksville, TN
Posted On: August 12, 2007
awwww ur lucki PheonixDrangonfly i wanted snakebites but my mom wont let me get them ._.

haha and my dad would kick me out of the house if he found out if i ever had them (NOT A LIE) XD
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XBeautiful_Dis

22/Female
Clarksville, TN
Posted On: August 12, 2007
if i want to when i turn 16 im going to get a belly button ring!!

im too scared to get a tatoo and im not gonna get a henna unless its 100% henna BECAUSE its said that if your alergic to it you COULD DIE, and when it comes off you wont be ably to take certian medicines anymore

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XxXxIM_NOT_OKA

24/Female
Virginia Beach, VA
Posted On: August 12, 2007
i have me ears pierced and thats it, but i am gettting a tattoo around my wrist, its a design my friends cousin made, and she was murdered, so sometimes tattoos can honor someone whos passed, i support tattoos, piercings, just so long as their personal, and mean something to u
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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: August 12, 2007
I have only gottne my ears pirced once and that's all i'm gonna' get. the only other place I'd get pierced is my belly button. However, there is a vein there that if it's hit at all it will be infected. If the needle isn't sterilized then it could be with a deadly infection. i'm not gonna' take that risk so belly button is out.

Also, a tattoo sounds pretty pointless to me. again, needles. I have enough problems with gardicil.
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RKD

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 12, 2007
i once got my ears pierced, but i let them close up.
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: August 12, 2007
i want a cute nose piercing and 2 piercings on my ears ya know those double ones
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