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Title: TATTOOS
Post by: bob nelson on December 15, 2020, 05:20:00 PM
As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to get tattooed. My mom told me years ago that even as a kid, I talked about it. Problem is, as I became an adult, got married, had kids, and worked 40-50 hours a week, there was never any extra money in our budget for that, getting tattooed is expensive. In '94, we moved our family to a different state, one that was more financially friendly. We bought a house, and our finances got to a point where I could afford to do it. 2nd problem, my wife was against it, she's christian, and I'm not. The idea that I talked about for my first tattoo was not "GOD" friendly. It was simply a grave marker with the inscription THE END on it. We talked about it, and we agreed to wait a little while. Then on my 40th birthday, my wife gave me a gift certificate for the tattoo studio I had talked about going to. She realized that it was very important to me, and that it wouldn't change who I was. Well, as they say, the rest is history. What they say about getting tattooed is true, once you get 1, you can't stop. I'm 61 years old now, and have gradually added to my collection of ink, about 120-150 hours of work in total. I just got worked on for about 3 hours last friday, have to go back on feb. 4th to finish this piece. Some people like to "collect" tattoos from different artists, mine have all been done by the same artist, my friend Brandon. He was still an apprentice when I got my first one, I've stuck with him because he's very good at what he does. He's had his own shop for almost 20 years now, and I'll never go to another artist.

Being an atheist has definitely affected my choice of artwork. I have some Celtic imagery, a lot of Halloween artwork, several Latin inscriptions, and several "heathen" images. My entire back is a Cemetery/Pumpkin Patch piece that took 2 1/2 years and about 40 hours to complete. I have 3 memorial tattoos on my chest, 1 for my mom, 1 for our stillborn granddaughter, and 1 for my older sister who died in AUG.  Both of my arms are covered, but not by "sleeves", those are usually 1 large image or theme, I have gradually added to them in the last few years. I'm starting to run out of room, nothing on my neck or legs or hands. I can hide it all if I need too(weddings/funerals).

The whole point of this long story is this, I have several anti-christian tattoos that drive my wife crazy, but she's figured out I 'm still a decent person and has accepted it. Is there anyone else out there that is not afraid to show the world that you're a heretic or a heathen or an atheist? I love the reactions that I get when I'm out in public, no one ever fucks with me or my wife. So, do you have any "anti-christian" artwork that you're proud to show off?
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: Gawdzilla Sama on December 15, 2020, 05:26:40 PM
If they don't get the message it's not my fault.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZeD6Lvw.jpg)
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: Shiranu on December 15, 2020, 05:29:36 PM
Can't say I have any anti-Christian artwork, the only non-geometric tattoo I have so far is "Om Mani Padme Hum" on my right arm.

I cant really think of any "atheist" tattoos I would want to get; not because I would feel ashamed or scared of one, just cant think of any that speak to me.

That's pretty cool though, can't say I've seen many tattoos that I would considered anti-Christian/theist. And 120+ hours is crazy, i think I'm still at just about 8-10.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: GSOgymrat on December 15, 2020, 05:41:58 PM
I've never had the desire to get a tattoo but if I got an atheist tattoo it might be this:

(https://uuffm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/v1.1secular-humanism-logo.jpg)
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: Baruch on December 15, 2020, 07:02:46 PM
Dad got two tattoos on each arm, in the Navy.    He tried to have them removed because they weren't OK in white collar society.  I have never had that need.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: aitm on December 15, 2020, 08:03:38 PM
Personally never cared for them. I would rather have a good steak.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: drunkenshoe on December 16, 2020, 07:34:48 AM
If they don't get the message it's not my fault.

It's a cobra and I also see infinity symbol in it. I don't get the message. What is it?
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: PopeyesPappy on December 16, 2020, 07:53:01 AM
I don't get the message. What is it?

That he was a big fan of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme?

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/94/6d/9a/946d9a44942fe1f901aa98c11400ec0d.jpg)
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: drunkenshoe on December 16, 2020, 08:06:20 AM
But his snake doesn't look like Gawdzilla's.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: PopeyesPappy on December 16, 2020, 08:29:43 AM
(https://i.etsystatic.com/9717105/r/il/8edb9d/2732963107/il_1140xN.2732963107_iw2d.jpg)

Close enough for government work.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: drunkenshoe on December 16, 2020, 08:39:31 AM
LOL Yes I did. But Gawdzilla's snake has a completely different pose. It has an infinity symbol too. (Maybe it means Prudhomme forever?) I think it is too common as a tattoo and I keep looking for some striking accuracy.

So it is a 'he is so famous, it's definitely him' kind of generational thing?
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: PopeyesPappy on December 16, 2020, 01:54:20 PM
LOL Yes I did. But Gawdzilla's snake has a completely different pose. It has an infinity symbol too. (Maybe it means Prudhomme forever?) I think it is too common as a tattoo and I keep looking for some striking accuracy.

So it is a 'he is so famous, it's definitely him' kind of generational thing?

Can't see the forest for the tress...  :wink:

You'd probably have to be a drag racing fan to know Prudhomme, but if I had to hazard a guess Zilla's tattoo and Prudhomme's snake probably date to the same general late 60s through the 70s timeframe.

Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: drunkenshoe on December 16, 2020, 02:04:41 PM
Can't see the forest for the tress...  :wink:

You'd probably have to be a drag racing fan to know Prudhomme, but if I had to hazard a guess Zilla's tattoo and Prudhomme's snake probably date to the same general late 60s through the 70s timeframe.

Yeah, I think so, lol. But that's what I meant, you answered it. 
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: bob nelson on December 16, 2020, 07:15:42 PM
Can't say I have any anti-Christian artwork, the only non-geometric tattoo I have so far is "Om Mani Padme Hum" on my right arm.

I cant really think of any "atheist" tattoos I would want to get; not because I would feel ashamed or scared of one, just cant think of any that speak to me.

That's pretty cool though, can't say I've seen many tattoos that I would considered anti-Christian/theist. And 120+ hours is crazy, i think I'm still at just about 8-10.
When all of this covid crap is over, I can get my son to take some photos and show me how to put them up on this site if you guys wanna see my "collection".
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: bob nelson on December 16, 2020, 07:21:34 PM
That he was a big fan of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme?

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/94/6d/9a/946d9a44942fe1f901aa98c11400ec0d.jpg)
Been a drag racing fan since I was a kid, recognized Prudhome's logo immediately.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: Gawdzilla Sama on December 16, 2020, 07:26:34 PM
It's a cobra and I also see infinity symbol in it. I don't get the message. What is it?
"You knew I was a snake when you picked me up."
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: Gawdzilla Sama on December 16, 2020, 07:31:48 PM
Can't see the forest for the tress...  :wink:

You'd probably have to be a drag racing fan to know Prudhomme, but if I had to hazard a guess Zilla's tattoo and Prudhomme's snake probably date to the same general late 60s through the 70s timeframe.


That particular snake was drawn on a flight from SeaTac to Hong Kong, departed Jan. 11, 1970, landed Jan. 13, 1970. (Can you guess when my birthday is?) The artist was one of our group and we decided to use the 18 hour layover in Hong Kong to get matching tattoos. Pinky's, the best tattoo parlor in eastern Asia, did all of them in exchange for the original print.

There's only one of them left now.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: CrowTRobot on December 19, 2020, 09:21:14 PM
I have considered getting the triple spiral on the kerbstone at Newgrange in Ireland and lately I've considered Pictish artwork.  I'm a big baby when it comes to pain though so I will probably never get one.  I've seen too many bad tattoos and I just don't want to take the chance of winding up with something hideous I can't get rid of easily.  I've even had dreams about it.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: GSOgymrat on December 20, 2020, 02:27:34 AM
(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/84/86/7b/84867baa2b6fc6c421f37aa6481a6bb2.jpg)
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: drunkenshoe on December 20, 2020, 02:50:03 AM
"You knew I was a snake when you picked me up."

You have a large penis or your chinese horsocope is snake or it's a group in the army thing. That's all I can think of.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: Draconic Aiur on December 20, 2020, 04:40:02 AM
Insert music video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF6ct9ZEq5s


Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: GSOgymrat on May 04, 2021, 04:05:08 PM
Until a couple of years ago, employees at the hospital where I work were required to cover their tattoos. Today I received an email stating that our employer "embraces and celebrates each employee's uniqueness by the Show Us Your Ink campaign. This call for team members to share their tattoos and the meaning behind them is just one of many ways the health system strives to make everyone feel welcome and included." According to the email, the patient response since employees were allowed to show their tattoos has been positive. Approximately 42% of Americans have tattoos.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: Hydra009 on May 04, 2021, 04:25:03 PM
It's largely a generational thing.

"In 1960, there were approximately 500 professional tattoo artists operating in the United States. By 1995, that number had risen to over 10,000" (Source (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/11/the-identity-crisis-under-the-ink/382785/))  So Boomers and younger generations have differing comfort levels and perceptions of tattoos.

Personally, I don't care about tattoos at work at all if they're not visible (why would I?), but face/neck tattoos kinda weird me out.  I dunno if I'd be okay banking/investing with a guy with one of those Hangover tattoos, lol.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: GSOgymrat on May 04, 2021, 04:41:48 PM
It was stated the change in tattoo policy was designed to make younger people more comfortable. Employees cannot display tattoos that could be considered "disruptive or offensive."
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: Cassia on May 04, 2021, 07:39:48 PM
It was stated the change in tattoo policy was designed to make younger people more comfortable. Employees cannot display tattoos that could be considered "disruptive or offensive."
So Charlie Manson is out.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: Shiranu on May 05, 2021, 02:41:28 AM
So Charlie Manson is out.

Completely unrelated to tattoos, but holy shit I never knew Manson was a Scientologist... and that was probably the least shocking thing I learned this month.
Title: Re: TATTOOS
Post by: Gawdzilla Sama on May 05, 2021, 05:49:44 PM
You have a large penis or your chinese horsocope is snake or it's a group in the army thing. That's all I can think of.
0/3.