The lovely Mamushka Marie has put up an interesting post about her tattoos, and has also asked me about mine. I read a statistic once that stated that New Zealander's are "the most tattooed nation per capita" , and it didn't really surprise me, as most of my friends have been inked. This seems to be a cultural thing, perhaps because New Zealander's appear to hate being thought of as conservative, and the influence of maori culture.
I have six tattoos, more than most people I know, excluding tattoo artists of course!
On my right shoulder I have this large rose design, which has been an ongoing work in progress over the last few years, as I have had it redone and enlarged several times.
I also have a somewhat faded blue bird of paradise on my right ankle, which I hope to get recoloured soon. I got this tattoo at Venice beach, California, and have semi regretted it ever since. The tattoo artist did a pretty piss poor job, and I was damn near delirious with food poisoning ...not a good time to make decisions!
Across my left hip I have a trio of dancing faeries. I got these all done individually in my late teens, and have since had them recoloured, they are very cute :-)
My final tattoo is the southern cross on my right wrist. I get a lot of comments about this one. In NZ I get positive comments, and lots of "I love it, I want to get one too". In Australia I get "....your missing a star" (they represent the southern cross as having five stars). In America many people thought it was a religious symbol!
Thankfully I have a job where tattoos are quite common. Over the years I have met many nurses with visible tattoos, though interestingly no doctors. I have not yet been judged on my tattoos when looking for work, but I have when trying to rent a flat. Despite my great references, steady income, and Innocent face :-) , one Realtor refused to rent me her property until she had met my sister...after which she declared me "normal" and let me have the flat! (and the flat was a real shit hole anyway!)
Surprisingly, the group of people who are most taken by my tattoos are my elderly patients. Many of them think that I have drawn on myself, and have to crank out their glasses just to check me out! Many elderly love them and ask lots of questions....
I personally think tattoos can be stunning and true works of art, when done by the right person, though I don't like armbands, or angry violent tattoos on women....or playboy bunnies.
Are any of you tattooed?
Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post, I will be sending the dress to Charlie tomorrow (sorry its so late!). These last few days have been spent semi-drowned at a music festival...will post about it soon!