I love tattoos and I have four myself. This video shows how the needles work in slow motion. i found it fairly interesting to see even thought I was aware of the process having been through it.
My first tattoo I did on a whim. I was clinically depressed at the time, in my second year at university and struggling with a lot of things at once. I desperately didn't want to fail at uni and in the end I did turn it around and got a first class honours degree, going on to do a Masters and Ph.D. The tattoo was when I started to turn things around and was on the upswing. I was 20 at the time and walking past the tattooists on the way to a laboratory practical, as I did on a daily basis, got it into my head that I really wanted one. one the way back down the hill I went in and an hour later had my first tattoo. I am still very fond of it. I know quite a few other people who have the same tattoo, the chinese symbol for strength.
My second tattoo was in commemoration of a friend who was dying of cancer and is a tribal raven. I got it done while he was still alive. My husband at the time decided that i wasn't allowed a tattoo, just like I wasn't allowed to cut my hair without his permission. It was towards the end of our relationship and resulted in a very nasty argument and physical violence. It was the final straw in my relationship and I got the tattoo done a couple of weeks after we finally split.
My other tattoos were done this year, one of a work subject that i have been doing research on for a while, the axoneme of a cilium, and one inspired by artwork from The Levellers.
There is always a fair amount of criticism about tattoos online. It is part of the same, ongoing story of others trying to dictate what you do with your own body. I get that some people don't like them. Some people do. People who like them may or may not want to get ones done themselves. They may have good reasons for getting tattoos, they may not. Some will regret them later on in life. I don't regret any of mine 16 years after getting my first one. I can't imagine I will regret any of the others either. They are part of my life and my history and I am rather proud of them.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!