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Tattoo Cold Feet

RecklessReckless Registered User regular
edited January 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Heyo,

I'd like to get myself a tattoo - a peace sign on my upper right shoulder. However, I've got a nasty case of the cold feet about it. I've wanted to do this for a while, so it's not something spontaneous, but this is the third opportunity I've had to get my work done at a good shop while I'm home from school, and I've yet to walk in and get it going.

My major worry is that I'd like to join the Peace Corps after school, and from there go into either International Journalism or International Development with an organization such as the World Food Programme, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, etc. Now, this thing is going to be generally covered up by a t-shirt, let alone officewear.

I'm still nervous having the thing will keep me from going far in a professional sense. Additionally, in the back of my mind, I'm thinking maybe I'm only getting a tattoo for silly reasons like "my friends all have one" and "chicks dig tattoos."

So, I'd really like to get one, but I've got these worries to put aside. This is sort of a vent session, but any help in calming my nerves would be much appreciated.

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    AdrossAdross Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Unless I'm mistaken, you can get ink tattoos which last about six months. I'd start off with one of those as a trial if you're worried.

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    noir_bloodnoir_blood Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    If you have ANY doubts, you probably shouldn't get one.

    What with tattoos being pretty permanent things and all.

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    SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I work in a professional office and I have a Nightcrawler tattoo that goes from my wrist to my elbow on my inner forearm. I wear short sleeves or roll them up on Friday's (it's Phoenix and it's freaking hot). The only comment I've ever gotten was "great tattoo!" I think people overestimate just how "damaging" a tattoo will be to their career.

    Granted, it might be different if I had a whole sleeve or something, but I've never had a problem with Nightcrawler. He's awesome.

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    Sol InvictusSol Invictus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    If you have doubts, don't do it.

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    QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    If you have any doubts I'd put it off for now. That said, a peace sign on your shoulder isn't going to ruin your career for much. Especially in the hippie liberal fields you mentioned. Hell, if anything it'd probably help if you walked around in a tank top on occasion.

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    LoveIsUnityLoveIsUnity Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Sentry wrote: »
    I work in a professional office and I have a Nightcrawler tattoo that goes from my wrist to my elbow on my inner forearm. I wear short sleeves or roll them up on Friday's (it's Phoenix and it's freaking hot). The only comment I've ever gotten was "great tattoo!" I think people overestimate just how "damaging" a tattoo will be to their career.

    Granted, it might be different if I had a whole sleeve or something, but I've never had a problem with Nightcrawler. He's awesome.

    Sentry is 100% right about this. I've done a lot of crazy shit to my body, tattoos and stretched piercings included, and I'm in a graduate program that puts me in front of impressionable college students so I can teach them things.

    Having a tattoo that no one can even see will not damage your career. It sounds like you are harboring some false impressions about the current climate regarding public perceptions of body modification and the demographics that engage in this type of activity. There's a pretty good essay entitled "Not Just for Bikers Anymore" that you may want to look up. It's in a lot of Sociology readers, and I'm sure you can find a copy online.

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    LoveIsUnityLoveIsUnity Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    If you have doubts, don't do it.

    This is also a good point.

    Keep in mind that "doubts," in this case, are things in the vein of not wanting the actual design. Don't mistake nervousness about getting the tattoo for doubts. Also, if this is any consolation, thinking about a tattoo for a long time is always the way to go. I give all of my ideas three years before I act on them. If I still want a tattoo three years later I will get it. I'm glad you've put a lot of thought in to it, because my first tattoo was gotten on a whim, which was then covered up on a whim, which I'm finally going to cover up again with a design I can live with.

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    PongePonge Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Tatooing cold feet would probably be even more painful than normal... I advise you warm them up, possibly in some sort of foot bath.


    I'll be here all week folks.

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    MooblyMoobly Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    My 2p:

    I've a quarter sleeve, from about the interior edge of my shoulder blade down to just below my deltoid. It's just the right length that even a short sleeve shirt still covers it. With business/dress attire, so long as I'm wearing an undershirt, it doesn't even show through.

    As all others said though, it's not permanent but it's quite expensive to remove if you decide later you dont' like it. If you're worried about how it'll do, take a lookin into Henna tattos and have a mate draw it on for ya. Just a thought.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2009
    A tattoo no one can see will not damage your career in any way. It can't, because no one will know about it unless at your interview you yell out "BY THE WAY, I HAVE A TATTOO." Unless you are planning to work in a field that requires naked body-cavity searches regularly, a small peace sign on your shoulder is not going to set you back.

    That said, ARE you getting one because your friends have one? So chicks will dig you? Do you really think that's what's going on here? Or is it just that you're not sure if one day you may decide to convert to orthodox Judaism, or maybe go into the warmongering business, or something else that will make a peace sign permanently inked on your body a nuisance?

    Either way, before you get it done you should probably work hard in your head to isolate the real reason you don't want to do this. No one else can do that for you. The possibility exists that maybe you just don't want one that badly, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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    GPIA7RGPIA7R Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I would imagine that the colder the foot that you're tatooing, the more it might hurt... unless it's so cold to the point of being numb. You're welcome.

    (Didn't read a single post, just jumped on the title of the thread :P )

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    SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Cold Feet jokes aside, and really, those are just... yeah...

    I was very hesitant to get my tattoo... even though I really wanted one. I went to two artists in two states with the intent of getting one. A friend finally gragged me and I got it. I absolutely love it, and wouldn't undo it for anything, but I understand the desire to get a tattoo coupled with the fear of getting a tattoo. I know everyone is saying don't get it unless you really want it, but really wanting it sometimes isn't enough to drive you to get it. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do it anyway, or you just tell your friend to drag you in there and make you get it.

    My friend sat with me for 2.5 hours while I got mine done... because she rocked.

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    When I was a little kid, I always pretended I was the hero,' Skip said.
    'Fuck yeah, me too. What little kid ever pretended to be part of the lynch-mob?'
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    MeeOkMeeOk Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I work at a law firm, where the primary work the attorneys do is corporate law. I've seen quite a few with tattoos, little glimpses here and there. I worked in high end retail prior to being in an office environment, and my manager had a very large amount of tattoos and earrings all up and down her ears.

    I shaved my head at PAX '08 (still have short hair, it's taking a while to grow out slowly), have stretched my ear piercings out some, have my nose pierced, so surely if the only reason you're abstaining from getting it done is because of repercussions on your career? Do it. From how you described it, it sounds subtle, and like it would be easy to hide.

    Don't do it because everybody else has one, or cause you think chicks will dig it (although I do like people with body mods, what can I say). I've got two more piercings to go, and then I'm going to start getting ink done. <3 my body mods. Also, make sure you do a lot of research and find a good place. Autoclaves are a must have, that way you know all their equipment is sterile. :)

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    ThemindtakerThemindtaker Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I was in a similar situation, so i made plans with a friend to go with me so I wouldn't wuss out.

    And as someone who also has a shoulder tat, let me tell you, being discrete with it is not an issue at all. Sometimes I forget I have it, then remember and go "Man, I'm awesome." (Especially since it's the Star Wars logo.)

    That said, the other advice here is sound. What I did to make sure I wasn't doing it for anyone else or as the result of any pressure was to just think - when I'm old as hell, with friends that have no tattoos, will I still be okay with it? (the answer, for me, was a resounding yes, because Star Wars has been a big part of my life for over half of it)

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    MrMonroeMrMonroe passed out on the floor nowRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Feel free to disregard this, but I would feel worried about getting a peace sign on my shoulder as well because it's horribly campy.

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    Matt_SMatt_S Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Just to echo what everyone else has said: If you have any doubts, don't do it. The only possible exception I see to that is if you're having doubts because of the pain associated with getting a tattoo, but that seems to not be the case here.

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    SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Tattoos are put on too high a pedestal in our society. Honestly, getting a tattoo is not the life-altering experience people make it out to be. Yes, be sure of your decision, but it's not something you need to fast on for 40 days and 40 nights before deciding.

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    When I was a little kid, I always pretended I was the hero,' Skip said.
    'Fuck yeah, me too. What little kid ever pretended to be part of the lynch-mob?'
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    RecklessReckless Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    MrMonroe wrote: »
    Feel free to disregard this, but I would feel worried about getting a peace sign on my shoulder as well because it's horribly campy.

    See, I don't care about that. I actually believe in what the symbol represents, I'm not doing it because "oh hey i'm such a hippie scenester hehe."

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    SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Reckless wrote: »
    MrMonroe wrote: »
    Feel free to disregard this, but I would feel worried about getting a peace sign on my shoulder as well because it's horribly campy.

    See, I don't care about that. I actually believe in what the symbol represents, I'm not doing it because "oh hey i'm such a hippie scenester hehe."

    Just get the tattoo. You can spend hours coming up with reasons why not, but you won't really understand the why's until you get it.

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    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    wrote:
    When I was a little kid, I always pretended I was the hero,' Skip said.
    'Fuck yeah, me too. What little kid ever pretended to be part of the lynch-mob?'
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