I have always said that I would never get a tattoo. For various reasons. It will hurt. I like change too much, and a tattoo ...

I have always said that I would never get a tattoo.
For various reasons.

It will hurt.
I like change too much, and a tattoo is too permanent.
There's nothing I would want on my body for the rest of my life.
It will hurt.
Someone once told me that my body is a clean slate and that's attractive.
It will hurt.

Ok, so what it comes down to is i'm a big wuss and really couldn't justify choosing to hurt myself, haha. I've only seen one person in real life actually get their tattoo, and that was my mom. I was in high school at the time, and I watched her get a little gecko on her ankle. She handled it really well.

But lately, i've kind of been thinking that I do want one. I've had a baby, I can handle tattoo pain right? I personally think tattoos can be super attractive on the right person. And as i've gotten older, there are things now that are really important to me and always will be, things that their importance to me won't ever change. 

Like Porter.
And music.
These things will always be a part of my life, and are things that have greatly impacted who I am.
{And for a little tid bit of info- Porter was conceived en route to see The String Cheese Incident play at Horning's Hideout in Portland, OR. No further details on that story though, sorry} ;)
So music and Porter kinda go together :)

But I wouldn't even know where to begin on creating/having someone create something incorporating those two things. I am not an artist in that way. I don't have a vision in my mind of what I want it to look like. All I know is that I want it to be small, and maybe on my foot? Or my wrist? Not even sure exactly where I want it to be, but I do know that I want it somewhere inconspicuous and not in a really obvious place. 

So all of you tattooed ladies out there, do you have any advice for me?

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  1. Keep your "clean slate." I wish I had..I have two tattoos..don't exactly regret them, but wish I had a clean slate. Once you get one, you can never take it back..

  2. Find a tattoo artist whose stuff you really, really like. Preferably someone a friend or aquaintance has seen, so that you can be sure their work wears well. Have inspirations but really talk to the artist about their opinion and their ideas, they're the professional and they are actually artists by trade, not just people who know how deep the needle should go in! Be honest about your reservations, they'll give you good advice about where hurts less and where to get what you want. I definitely wouldn't advocate pushing you to get one but if you're thinking about it I think you should probably explore the option as far as you want to. There's nothing stopping you from pulling out last minute!


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