June 29 11

That’s what it will say.

The tattoo I will never get.

I think about it, perhaps more often than someone who will never get a tattoo should.

I cannot even commit to a menu item at a restaurant (I’ll have the pasta. No, wait the pizza. No, wait, the pasta. Hrm. Yes. Pasta. But which kind?), how could I possibly commit to something that will live on my person for the rest of my days? I stare longingly at Hayden Panettiere’s and convince myself that it is perfection. Sexy, simple, hidden, lovely.

Perfection, of course, until we remember that it is SPELLED WRONG. And you know, obviously, that even though my quote of choice is in my language of choice, this would happen to me. Permanently branded with an extra “i.”

You are picturing it now, aren’t you?

Let me hold it close and keep iit here with me.

Fear of commitment. Fear of failure. Fear of my mother just a little bit.

And therefore I remain tattoo-free.

And just watch a lot of New York Ink.

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  1. I stayed away from words entirely and went for my sun sign – Capricorn – uniquely displayed and looking a little like it could be Aquarius as well (if I had not been born way early I would have been an Aquarius).

    And I brought a very clean copy of what I wanted it to look like; I want one more on the opposite side of me symbolizing my husband’s sign, but I keep going back and forth for that second design.

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    alimartell replied on

    I feel like the first one is so much more agonizing…no?
    And I don’t know…I love the quote thing for me personally, since it just means soooo much. There aren’t really any symbols in my life that could convey what that quote means for me.

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    Mari replied on

    You know, it actually hurt LESS when I looked at it than when I looked away during it.

    I guess keeping it down to one word wouldn’t work, and I can’t imagine having something misspelled on me for the rest of my life.

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    Comment by Mari on June 30, 2011
  2. I’d like to get my first initial in FilScript or my sign (Scorpio) tattooed on my hip, so it’s hidden a little bit but is visible when I wear shorts or a sarong. But I won’t get it until I’ve lost weight, so that when I’m finally 115lbs and have this beautiful tattoo, I’ll be all afraid to gain weight again and have the tattoo morph into what looks like an armadillo with tentacles. Preventative maintenance, that’s what my tattoo will be for! :)

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    Mari replied on

    I got my Capricorn sign right above my right knee – so high enough that I could wear knee length skirts and not have a coverage problem at work, but easy enough to be visible when I worse shorts.

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    Comment by Nenette on June 30, 2011
  3. I’m thinking of a second tattoo- behind my neck, somewhere it can be hidden.
    This one would mean something.. i want to but my girls initials: ??
    Because as you know it means miracle in hebrew- and they truly are a miracle.

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    Comment by Gemini-Girl on June 30, 2011
  4. when i wrote in my comment that didnt show up was i would use my girls inititals: Nen and Samech- which is nes. miracle. perfection.

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    alimartell replied on

    Was that on purpose or a happy accident?

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    gemini-girl replied on

    happy accident!! i always knew “baby a” would be neve and “baby b” would be soleil…. it totally worked out that way!

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    alimartell replied on

    What a great accident that is! Amazing!

    Comment by Gemini-Girl on June 30, 2011
  5. I am totally getting a tattoo on my foot just as soon as I decide what words to use. I can never make up my mind.

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    alimartell replied on

    I watched an episode of NY INK and this girl who has tattoos all over her body came in to get the tops of her feet done and only was able to get one done because it hurt so badly.

    otherwise, I totally would have wanted it on my foot too…

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    Jen replied on

    I’m going for the outside of my foot along the bottom. I figure it will hurt like hell but I will keep it small and just grit my teeth.

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    Comment by Jen on June 30, 2011
  6. I have the one thing tattooed on me that I will never regret – my college mascot. It’s the only one I have and the only one I will ever have because there is nothing else in the world I want on my person for all of time.

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    ali replied on

    It’s good that you still love it.
    I couldn’t even tell you what my college mascot was…let alone want to put it on my body. hee!

    I just looked it up. It’s a lion.

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    Comment by Kristabella on June 30, 2011
  7. I had a quote tattooed on my ribs last fall, and my tat artist had me read it & spell check it so many times before he even put the stencil on my side. My quote is in English, though had it been in another language I wouldn’t dare let it be permanently inked onto my skin until I was 1,000% sure that it was spelled correctly, as well as grammatically correct.

    Tattoos on the feet aren’t as painful as you’d expect either! =D

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    Brittany replied on

    Same. For my wrist tattoo, I had to read and re-read it so many times, the word started to not look right, so we had others triple check it, haha.

    My next tattoo is two words, and I will also be quadruple checking the shit out of it.

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    Comment by K-Tee on June 30, 2011
  8. oh my goodness, I love me some New York ink! I always watch that show and long to get some inspiration for a tattoo, but I got nothin

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    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on June 30, 2011
  9. I have a tattoo that I got when I was 18, and I so want another one, but because of my inability to commit to anything other than a living human, I just have the one.

    I feel your pain.

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    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on June 30, 2011
  10. When I had my first tattoo done it was a tribute to my very recently deceased son. Whose first name Shale, is actually spelled Skjel. (Ya that was a lot of fun to explain to the zillion doctors and nurses who had to care for him and couldn’t pronounce his name.)

    Anyways, I will never forget the extreme panic I felt right after the tattooist finished the piece and told me I could go look at it in the mirror before he bandaged it. I was convinced he screwed up the spelling and was about to vomit with the knowledge my sons name was tattooed on me incorrectly.

    However, it wasnt. Multiple mirror checks confirmed that. And then I was bit by the tattoo bug. And now I want to get a sleeve done on my left arm.

    To me, each tattoo is a scar of time, like a snapshot of my history. And I don’t ever want to forget who I am or where I was ever again. Because losing yourself is easy. But it’s so much harder to find yourself.

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    Comment by Redneck Mommy on June 30, 2011
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