People are always asking me about my ink, if they have any meaning (most do) if they hurt (yes!) and for tips on getting their first tattoo, so I figured a blog post would be the easiest way to answer all those questions.
How many tattoos I have: 17 (Edited after a friend reminded me i had one more I forgot about OOPS!)
Where I have them: both wrists, finger, lower back, back, inner forearm, inner bicep, outer bicep, half sleeve, abdomen, hip, butt, shoulder, collarbone, ribcage, neck, foot
Why I get them: I believe that tattoos are a form of self-expression and an art form that many still don't get. In this day and age where it's not really that uncommon to have ink, I STILL get questions like "What if you regret them?" (It's been 18 years and I still don't) "Won't they look weird when you're old?" (Maybe but I also know we're the first generation who will have fully tatted up senior citizens!) and "What do your parents think?" (First of all, I'm in my thirties so it doesn't matter and second, both my parents have tattoos now too!) My tattoos tell stories of my past and I can give you a memory for every single one I have. Some people have diaries, I have tattoos.
Who inks me: I've gone to Sarah Gaugler, Mike Sambajon, Ricky Santa Ana, Gene Testa and Ding Fernandez
Should you get a tattoo: Only if you have sat and thought about your design for at least 6 months (especially for first timers) you have a trusted artist and have seen his or her work, you aren't pregnant, you are sober and clear headed (Please never get a tattoo when drunk) of age (Ok, I was 16 so don't copy me) you don't plan on donating blood for about 6 months, and your tattoo artist is certified by DOH and PhilTag.
Which are your favorite tats: The words Love, Patience, Priority on my wrist in my daughter's handwriting, My half sleeve drawn by my sister which has symbols of everything important to me, Ganesh on my back drawn by artist friend Dee Jae Paeste and the Apsara on my left arm, inspired by all my trips to Siem Reap, Cambodia. In reality, I love ALL my tattoos, but these are the ones that stand out.
Where would you NEVER get inked: My face and throat area.
Where is the most painful place to get inked: So far, rib cage, anywhere on your feet and inner arm.