Bushcraft Tattoo

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Retired Member southey

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Jun 4, 2006
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My sister in law had problems on her nursing course at college, her tutors suggested she may be dyslexic, she had the assessment then once she had the results she posted on facebook, "THANK GOD! I am not dyslexic!" my reply was of course, " WELLDONE! your just thick then." we don't speak any more.
 

Bushwhacker

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Jun 26, 2008
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My sister in law had problems on her nursing course at college, her tutors suggested she may be dyslexic, she had the assessment then once she had the results she posted on facebook, "THANK GOD! I am not dyslexic!" my reply was of course, " WELLDONE! your just thick then." we don't speak any more.
Now that's class.
 

pastymuncher

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Apr 21, 2010
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Why for any reason someone in the UK would want a tribal tattoo (or any for that matter) on their body is beyond me. Cool? great on the beach on an 18-30 holiday now but a right state you will look in thirty years time. Thirty years is not important you may say, trust me on this one,,,,,time gets faster as you get older. My 1979 marriage three piece suit which was all the fashion then has long gone, a tattoo would still be there.

Today's fashion will be long gone when your children look at your photo's.
Easy solution, don't get a fashionable piece.
You seem to assume everyone who gets a tattoo is 18 years old, I'm past 40 and still getting more ink. And love every one of them, including the one I got at 18. They tell a story that's very personal to me and remind me of important things and great times, much like family photos.
Fine if you don't like them, I don't care, but I wont try and persuade you to get one.

Live and let live
 

kodiakjoe

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Apr 11, 2011
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did you manage to get a sitting with Butch??

he did me an 8 hour outline and went to spain for 3 months,..hahaha

i,m all finished now tho...(well..with that particular piece)
Hey Raikey :) no it was a lass who did mine and did a great job. She did have some bloody awful music on though, but one thing I've learned is...don't criticise the musical taste of someone who's marking you for life, and it was a mere 2 hours! :) Everyone I know who's had their ink done at Ultimate Skin has been well chuffed with the work.
 
I love seeing people's tattoos, some nice work on this thread. Haven't got any myself, but thought about it for a long time and have even designed what I would have if I ever do. I would always go for that (something designed just for you) rather than a random tribal image. Personally I believe it should mean something to you or be important to you. And like others have said, make sure you get a top quality artist, I'm a nurse so get to see lots of folk's tattoos - even those in strange places (!) - and the poor quality ones really are just not worth it. As others have said, cleanliness is important too - serious infectious diseases from professional tattooing are rare in this country but I've seen some pretty horrendous localised infections - and the subsequent scarring completely ruins the tattoo for good, even when the infection has cleared up.

Keep posting photos people - let's see your ink - I'm a shameless tattoo voyeur!
 

John Fenna

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I would be sure that you realy want the work done, be sure of your design, be sure of the studio/artist and give yourself a lot of cooling off time before you go for it!
I am not a great lover of tats (not got any myself) but think that Firecrests work is outstanding ...I have some of her pyro work on a knife sheath but her tats are even better in terms of artwork!
I had a henna tat once - and was glad when it faded away!
 

Andy T

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Sep 8, 2010
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As has previously been said take your time choosing the tattooist and the design you are going to be with it for along time.....i spent ages deciding on mine and dont regret any of them....you only seem to notice them for the first few weeks if its that long and then you tend to forget they are there.....ive got 2 on the tops of my arms that are personal to me, a celtic design on the top of my back because i liked it and two gnomes on my bottom one on each cheek because i wanted them.
 
Just my 2 euro cents here,

I thought for more then 10 years about a tattoo. Tried a couple of Henna ones. Didn't like the designs enough to get them for real until of course I found one that suited me...

Had it done in Changmai (Thailand), within two weeks I think I had a second (returned to Changmai after some jungle trekking etc.), found another great design that means something to ME, nothing to do with fashion.

I just turned 34 that time. Last january I finally found another design I was looking for and had it done, 40 years of age. A friend of mine remembered me having said something about a design like that more 15 years ago.....Thinking about some more.

I do NOT regret thinking long about them, I do NOT regret having them, they (maybe) are NOT fashionable but it is for ME....

Age and effects... yeah well.... I still fit my trousers that I wore 20 years ago. Coming into fashion again but I gave them to the salvation army. More age/wisdom effects: big beer bellies are avoidable too ;-) You know, Cher has tattoos that now are on her butt. Originally they were tattooed on her ankles :p

Grtz Johan
 

Steve13

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May 24, 2008
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Thanks for the comments people

Just to clarify for folk that don't know me

I am 51 and I am looking at a tribal /celtic design but have only seen a few I like , I have loads of ideas of what would look good for me , size, shapes, position etc . I will get one done when I am totaly happy with the design not before.

Have been looking at a couple of studios near Manchester and chatted to a few people about it

Thanks once again for your thoughts and please keep them coming
 

santaman2000

M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)
Jan 15, 2011
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...You seem to assume everyone who gets a tattoo is 18 years old, I'm past 40 and still getting more ink...
I don't have any myself and frankly I'm not USUALLY impressed with those I see (especially on women) There are exceptions though; including some I've seen in this thread that are indeed impressive. But you're quite right about the age thing; two of my cousins (both of them women now in their 50s) were already past 40 when they got their first tats.

I would recommend following the advise others have already given: Be sure it's what you want, be sure it's THE particular tattoo you want, then go ahead. I would also add that you be mindful of just how visible it is when attired in a more professional business clothing. You wouldn't want to offend potential employers or clients.

Also need to point out that tattoos aren't quite as permanent as they have been alluded to; they can be removed if you become dissatisfied or regretful later.
 
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