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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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pumpkinlover1

22/Female
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Posted On: August 12, 2007
I really want a tattoo but im not sure which one to get. im thinking about getting a cresent moon with hazy fog around it. still not sure where to get it tho
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evenstr

21/Female
Canton, OH
Posted On: August 12, 2007
I'd want a tattoo, but my fear of needles is definitely getting in the way. Henna anyone?
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 12, 2007
I Have My Ears Peirced And That Is It, Not Thinking About Tattoos Or Any Other Peircings.
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SILLYx_LoveSon

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 12, 2007
I have my ears pierced, but I don't think I'll get anymore. I've been thinking about the whole tattoo thing and honestly, I don't know.

I don't mind people with a few small ones, but people covered in piercings tattoos and especially people with split tounges creep me out.

I just don't know.

xXxLilyxXx
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xGunsGoBangx

24/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 12, 2007
I just happen to have 8 piercings and 1 tattoo.
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de1

106/Female
Stockton, CA
Posted On: August 11, 2007
I have my ears pierced but no other piercings. I doubt that I would ever get a tatto. I did like the article.
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tecnochick

21/Female
Crystal Lake, IL
Posted On: August 11, 2007
It'S really sad. Idon't even have my ears peirced. I really want to but im dead scared of needles. And i have soccer so its really a bit of a pain finding enought time to get them peirced. it sucks.
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XxxLindaBabyDo

23/Female
Yonkers, NY
Posted On: August 11, 2007
Well I Have My Tounge Pierced I Dont Think Its Bad And Its Not A Way Of Showing Anything Bad.. Its Actually Fun 2 Have
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Maddie705

19/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: August 11, 2007
Also.I have a SCAR ON MY NOSE FROM FALLING INTO

A TABLE!It can be very natural.
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Maddie705

19/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: August 11, 2007
I dont even have earrings!But i like thsi artical.
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 11, 2007
HOW IS GETTIN A TAT A MISTAKE IN UR LIFE??
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PheonixDragonf

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: August 11, 2007
...Caps much?

I have snakebite peircings-one silver hoop on each side of my lower lip. Parents were not impressed, nor was school, but you know what? It's my face and my life. If I ever remove them-not likely-then I'll use concealer to hide the scars. Ditto for my three peircing on each ear lobe. My face, afterall.

It's a freedom of speech and identity, so why not go ahead and make your own mistakes in life? They're what help us grow and learn. If we don't, then we will forever remain childish. Thus, people have the right to express themselves however which way they like. My hair is black, my skin pale, my lips peirced, so I'm goth. Yay for me. I won't let anyone stop me from being wh I am.
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 11, 2007
I HAVE ONE PEIRCING IN EACH EAR,AND THAT IS ALL IM GOIN TO HAVE. IM NEVER GETTIN TATTOOS BCUZ THEY R PAINFUL TO GET,AND I JUS WOULDNT FEEL RIGHT WIT A TAT,I DONT KNO WHY BUT I WOULDNT.AND PEIRCINGS HURT TOO,SO IM NEVER GETTIN ANOTHER PEIRCE EITHER
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