Monday, December 14, 2009

It Won't Wash Off!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy Monday everyone!

Usually I have Monday's off from my day job but this week is screwy and not only do I have to work today, I also have to work Saturday. I haven't worked a Saturday in about 8 years. I guess I can handle it and I'll try to do so with little complaint.

Today, I'd like to discuss the tattoo phenomenon. I don't have one and more and more it seems like I've joined the ranks of the minority. Everywhere you look, you see people with tattoos. Almost every hero in the books I read is sporting a tat of some sort, whether it be tribal, military or a dragon. Tattoos have taken over.

I do know what mine would be should I ever be brave enough to jump off that cliff. I just don't know where--on my body--I'd put it. My hesitation? What if in 10 years, I don't want it anymore? It won't wash off! At least with jewelry and make-up you can change your look everyday. But with a tattoo? Per-ma-nent!

Well, what are your thoughts? Got one? Where is it? Any regrets? Want one? What would it be? Where would you put it?

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi


SIS BJ said...

Hi Barb,

I have a tattoo on the back of my neck. It is an Ankh, an Egyptian symbol for eternal life. I love my tatt and don't regret getting it.

They do have lasers that can remove tattoos'. Of course that is twice as painfull and twice the money to get it done. They also have make-up that cover them up. Actors use it all the time.

If you decide to get one, make sure it is meaningful to you.

Mary Stella said...

For years I dreamed of getting a tattoo. It took me years to decide what I wanted and where to put it on my body. Finally, everything came together and I got a pink and purple starfish on the top of my right foot.

Yes. It hurt. I love it and have never regretted getting it done.

I'd get a second one, too, if I can ever decide what and where.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I don't have one. I've considered it. I picked out a design I love 10 years ago. Just haven't done it. May never do it. I have nothing against tasteful designs. I do take exception to crass everywhere there is skin tats. IMO they look tacky regardless of how lovely they are.

I've been fighting with my 14 year old over getting one. fighting isn't quite the word. He has a design in mind but no way in hell is he getting one that big on his back at my expense and this young. I told him if he wants one like that at 19 or 20, cool, go for it. Kids change so much between 14 and 18 as do their taste.

He has one he likes. It's tribal, elegant, small. Hmmm. Maybe. We'll see.

Tori Lennox said...

I don't have one and have never had a desire to have one. If I ever did get one, it would be on my lower back where I've got a scar I wouldn't covering up. *g* Not sure what design I'd go with, though.

Linda Wisdom said...

I have two. I got Fluff and Puff inked on my outside right ankle 18 mos ago and Horace was inked on my other ankle a few months ago. They're my good luck charms. If I got another I have it in mind and it would go on my shoulder. The guys at the shop were fantastic and now fans of my books.

I've been told to never have one on the lower back because if you ever need a spinal you can't have it done because of the tat.


Beth Ciotta said...

Wow. Really interesting reading everyone's thoughts and experiences with tats. Linda, I've never heard that about the lower back. Interesting.

I don't have a tattoo and doubt I ever will. But I've always wanted to get a Henna tattoo around my wrist. A semi-permanant bangle bracelet. Celtic style would be ultra cool.

As a side not, I am one of those who find the celtic arm band--or something close--around a man's bicep very sexy. Kind of a tribal thing, I guess.

SIS Beth

Sisters-in-Sync said...


Your tattoo is very pretty and at least you can hide it with hair if you ever felt the need.

I've seen people's skin after having tattoos removed. Not pretty. It tends to look scarred and inflamed.

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Mary Stella,

I bet that did hurt! I once met a girl with a gorgeous design tattooed on the top of her foot. It was all done in black ink but had a henna feel to it. I loved it. I think if I ever did do it, that would be my spot too.

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Sisters-in-Sync said...


I'm not surprised your teenage son wants a tattoo. Everywhere he looks, he's surrounded by them. Athletes, musicians, business men!

Hang in there and who knows, maybe you can compromise and he can get his lip pierced instead!

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Sisters-in-Sync said...


Maybe a zombie tattoo for you! What do you think of that? You could totally work that scar into that motif. Think about it. It'll grow on you.

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Linda,

I love that your tat artists are fans. How cool is that? After I finish with the series (so far) I'm going to try and guess who your next tattoo will be.

Good to know info on the lower back. Thanks for sharing.

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Beth,

I'm not surprised you find that sexy. I tend to agree but not on a wimpy man. A man with skinny arms, trying to sport a tribal tat cracks me up.

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Sisters-in-Sync said...

I've wanted a tatoo for years. By the time I decide what I want I'll be so old and wrinkly that the only thing that would work would be prunes or raisins. My foot or ankle would be my spot.

I definitely like tasteful tatoos and think they are best when they can be covered. A man with great arms and a tat on or around his bicep is very sexy!

SIS Bren

Sisters-in-Sync said...


A raisin or a prune? That's too funny! I think you should go for it very soon and this is just my opinion, but I think it should be a cock roach with a word bubble!

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Um, yeah. Cockroach is probably one word, isn't it? Now I look perverted. Great!

I shouldn't even sign my name now. Better yet, I should sign Brandy's name since she didn't show up yet.

Linda Wisdom said...


All the guys were fascinated with Fluff and Puff. Then when I had Horace done, the guys would come around while John was inking it and John would say to me "Tell them about Horace". The tattoos are on my site and blog.

You won't be able to figure out the next tattoo because that book won't be out until 2011. :}

One friend's sister has a dolphin arched over her navel. We joked that Flipper would turn into Shamu when she got pregnant.

As for old and wrinkly? I see myself using a walker and (hear old lady voice here) "wanna see my tattoo?"


Sisters-in-Sync said...

Love it Linda!

I'd pay to see you hike your leg up on said walker so that the older people won't have to bend down to see Puff and Fluff. Could you imagine if you lost your balance and took 'em all down. It must be because it's so early here but I am really cracking myself up with this visual. Looks like it's going to be a good day!

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Mary said...

I have a tribal butterfly on my lower back that I love and dont regret getting..and I do plan on getting another one. I want one of the kids first initials just not in English.. something that you cant tell what it is just by looking at it

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