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Do you have any tattoos that you regret getting?

Asked at The Merc, 901 Iowa on September 25, 2009

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Photo of Pete Rowland

“No, I have two. I got them for good reasons, and they’re still good reasons.”

Photo of David Voss

“I originally had a rose with some names, but I have covered up the names with a panther.”

Photo of Katie Krider

“No, I don’t. When I was younger we didn’t do tattoos.”

Photo of Annette Delaney

“I have no tattoos. I just never had the desire.”

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couranna1 4 years, 6 months ago

yeah caus he is always saying "boss the plane the plane"

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Stat_Guys 4 years, 6 months ago

spacehog (Anonymous) says… Think twice. When I was a 21 I got my ear pierced. That was quite a statement. However, I rarely wear it anymore so know one knows about it.

Oh yes we do. PM's and emails went all around about it just after you signed up dylan boy.

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kansas_o_kansas 4 years, 6 months ago

Everybody needs at least one - makes the body easier to identify!

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igby 4 years, 6 months ago

I think women with the big tat across their lower back is a major turn off. Jaded and used comes to mind. One mans trash is another man treasure, as the saying goes.

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acg 4 years, 6 months ago

I only have three and don't regret them at all. Just got my latest, and final, last night, actually. Joe, u did a great job (Joe's Body Art, everyone, I highly recommend him). It still hurts like hell but that's why the good lord gave us jack daniels. :)

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Mary Darst 4 years, 6 months ago

Bluegrass was a sea of tats. Almost you were the odd duck out if you didn't have one. Of course we camp where all the young folks are. Wild and crazy. I was going to get one once. It was going to be Ruby Slippers. Ihad planned to put it right above my right breast. I decided not to, only because I figured that in a few years they would be Ruby Boots. hahaha

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riverdrifter 4 years, 6 months ago

Know whut Ah mean?! BTW: I will not misspell your name again. Promise. See.

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H_Lecter 4 years, 6 months ago

Are we counting lampshades and gloves?

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riverdrifter 4 years, 6 months ago

Got a small pheasant on one upper arm & a canada goose on the other. They're just fine.

I thought H_Lector might stop by here...

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jonas_opines 4 years, 6 months ago

be3 (Anonymous) says…

"Do I look like white trash?"

Hairy knuckled troll, maybe. Is that different?

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ModSquadGal 4 years, 6 months ago

I have seven - don't regret any of them, but some are in places I wish I could change. I made sure when I got each of mine that it was for a reason that meant something truly meaningful to me (not my favorite band or cartoon character, etc.), NO NAMES, and ones I'd always be proud to show or share with others. If you're going to get them, you'd better really think about it first. All these young kids getting them because they think they are cool is a sad commentary on what I feel is a really beautiful art form.

I think what bums me out these days is that the meaning behind the art has been lost because it's become the "fad" of the moment. Getting a tattoo should mean something... it should affect you and the pain associated with it should be a rite of passage to attain the goal of the inner meaning of your tat. It's been cheapened and mainstreamed, and I think that's a shame. JMHO

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edjayhawk 4 years, 6 months ago

No I was raised better then that and in a proper home.

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Bruce Rist 4 years, 6 months ago

no tats that I regret, but I have a couple of girl friends I'd like to forget

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be3 4 years, 6 months ago

Do I look like white trash?

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1029 4 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, when the Chiefs got Elvis Grbac I got a tattoo of him about to throw a football.

I had it covered up about 6 years ago by changing it to a werewolf about to throw a skull.

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Newell_Post 4 years, 6 months ago

"....The child is amoral. To our eyes, the Papuan is too. The Papuan kills his enemies and eats them. He is not a criminal. But when modern man kills someone and eats him he is either a criminal or a degenerate. The Papuan tattoos his skin, his boat, his paddles, in short everything he can lay hands on. He is not a criminal. The modern man who tattoos himself is either a criminal or a degenerate. There are prisons in which eighty per cent of the inmates show tattoos. The tattooed who are not in prison are latent criminals or degenerate aristocrats. If someone who is tattooed dies at liberty, it means he has died a few years before committing a murder...."

"Ornament and Crime," Adolf Loos, 1909

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salad 4 years, 6 months ago

scars make better stories than tattoos

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kjo_shorty 4 years, 6 months ago

I have 3. My only regret is the placement of the last one.

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spacehog 4 years, 6 months ago

Think twice. When I was a 21 I got my ear pierced. That was quite a statement. However, I rarely wear it anymore so know one knows about it. If you get a tatoo and change your mind in 10 years, you're pretty much stuck with it. I liked the days when the only people with tatoos were soldiers, bikers, and ex-cons

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autie 4 years, 6 months ago

Non regretfully I have no tattoos. Momma says that only hoodlums and riff raff get tattooed and we'd all wind up in prison if we got any. But my one cousin got one. On his privates. It says "Shorty's Transmission Repair, Chattanooga Tennessee."

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jonas_opines 4 years, 6 months ago

O-Bob: That's the best memory-jogger yet. There was a On the Hill insert about body art sometime last year that my Chinese class stumbled upon while at our usual table waiting for class to start. On one lady's foot were proudly displayed three characters 公司事, with the caption that "she didn't like to tell people what it means, she liked it to be an intimate secret." The characters spelled out the romantic, and so erotic, message: "company affairs." (affair, situation, happening, the last character)

We asked our professor if there was anything we were missing, and she assured us that there wasn't, so we felt qualified to laugh for a spell.

/my character is the male half of the mythological bird of wind, generally translated as the phoenix. Apparently it also meant peacock by the time it got to Korea, but that's not my responsibility.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 6 months ago

I like it when people get Chinese letters tatooed on them and they think the letters mean something like, "Curious Warmhearted Soul." And then when they meet someone that actually can read Chinese they are informed to find out it means, "Cat Has Heartworms."

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sgtwolverine 4 years, 6 months ago

I regret not having any tattoos to regret. Maybe I should follow Mike Tyson's lead and get a face tattoo.

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blue73harley 4 years, 6 months ago

That portrait of Mork and Mindy was probably not the best choice...

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Boosh 4 years, 6 months ago

Gonna be kinda hard as they keep moving all over the yard.

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Boosh 4 years, 6 months ago

I have some moles. Someday she and I are going to play connect the dots.

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Marcy McGuffie 4 years, 6 months ago

True enough, jonas! I still find myself shaking my head, when thinking about that young gal...

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jonas_opines 4 years, 6 months ago

Well, beatle919, console yourself that if it was not that, it would have just been another. That kind of vacuity is just waiting for something to enter its sphere of influence.

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Marcy McGuffie 4 years, 6 months ago

I have two that I don't regret at all (well, other than the fact that I have occasional allergic flareups to the ink!). While I was waiting to get my second one, I was roped into a conversation with another gal, waiting to get inked. Bless her - I bet she regrets hers! She was getting her boyfriend's name tattooed on her chest. She had known him, less than a month! But, ya know...she was taken in by his line that he was an actual prince. She was on her cell phone, arguing with a friend who tried to talk her out of it. The tattoo artist, also tried to talk her out of it. But, she went through with it. They talked so much smack on her, when she left the shop.

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sinverguenza 4 years, 6 months ago

prospector (Anonymous) says…

I have a W tattooed on each butt check. When I do a cartwheel you see wow-mom-wow.


Damn the visual imagery of naked man cartwheels. shudders

I have an astrological tattoo which I've come to discover (thanks, History channel) means nothing, but it's not a big deal. My only regret is that I didn't make my other one larger. And I regret the prevalent social stigma of tattoos keeping me from getting my next one (the boss says it wouldn't go over well and wouldn't have hired me if I'd had it when applying here). That's lame.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 6 months ago

jonas,

We've read about Lecter keeping body parts in some curious places before, but I've never seen anyone actually keeping any of theirs in the gutter before.

Just which of yours DO you keep down there that you expect people to see if they stuck their head down there?

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 6 months ago

R_I !?!?! We swore we would never tell !!

8 /

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 6 months ago

No tattoos I regret.

However, the same is not true for most of my brandings and cuttings. Those I regret.

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GardenMomma 4 years, 6 months ago

No tattoos, no regretted tattoos. Simple.

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rachquiz 4 years, 6 months ago

No...every tattoo I have signifies a time or person that has had an important impact on my life...no regrets here!!

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 4 years, 6 months ago

I was thinking about getting a red tattoo.

I know I'll regret it.

( red, for regret )

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prospector 4 years, 6 months ago

I have a W tattooed on each butt check. When I do a cartwheel you see wow-mom-wow.

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conservativepunker 4 years, 6 months ago

The two I have are connected with meaning and a point in my life. No regrets here.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 6 months ago

I will still never understand why I woke up after a drunken night in Thailand with a tramp stamp.

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M. Lindeman 4 years, 6 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says…

I find tattoos disgusting.

rdragon write:

I might agree with on the extent that some are. If a great deal of thought is put into it ( image, location,I prefer custom artwork) the work can look outstanding. I have never had one put on myself, that I didn't ponder it for a great deal of time.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 6 months ago

Nope, I quite like mine, as does my wife, and my friends. The only people ever likely to see it.

/no, it's not down there, pull your head out of the gutter

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 6 months ago

If a person answers no, you really don't know much more than you did in the first place now doyou?

How about, 'Do you have any tattooed Carnies that you regret?"

If they have to stop and consider...then you have something to talk about in the break room.

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RKLOG 4 years, 6 months ago

You're asking the wrong demographic.

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