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Rewarding my slim new body with a tattoo?

Shinypurple

No longer "Overweight" !
S: 12st13lb C: 9st7lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 24.3 Loss: 3st6lb(26.52%)
#1
Please bear with me - this is going to be an epic post...! Inspired by discussions on the 100% forum about the rewards we will give ourselves when we get to goal, I've returned to ideas of getting a tattoo - here are the ramblings I've put together today.

When I was 18 or 19 I had my first ideas about getting a tattoo. I didn't want to rush into getting something I'd grow out of and regret, so I made myself a deal that if I still felt the same way in 5 years time, I'd do it. I've changed my mind about what it should be a few times, so now 20 years on, I've still not done it!

Here's a summary of my evolving thoughts through the years:

Place: Base of my neck at the back. It will be a bit of a shame not to be able to see it myself, but have never really considered anywhere else. Maybe I should? :confused:

Design: Originally, a spider - to look like it's crawling up my back. Junked that idea due to boyfriend (at the time) and best friend both being Arachnaphobes. Decided it was probably my fate to spend my life surrounded by people who would hate it, and that wasn't fair on them... :doh:

Then thought maybe an Egyptian Scarab beetle instead, but decided they were too stylistic to look like they were convincingly crawling... :hmm:

Liked the Eye of Horus symbolically watching my back, but was put off when I realised how many naff companies, corporations and computer games used it as a logo! :9529:

Then thought of a tree frog. My parents have a holiday chalet in France that I go to a lot (as often as I can get away with, frankly - hurray for easyjet) and I saw a few of them there. Very small and bright green and very very cute. I’m still considering that, but sadly haven’t seen any for a good few years and wonder if they’re not so relevant to my life anymore...? :wave_cry:

For the same reasons as the tree frog (though not *quite* so cute) is a Gecko. Again, not so prolific as they once were, but we still have a fair number of them living in the chalet roof or the garden shed. If we go out for an evening and leave the outside light on, the moths flock around it, the Gecko basks under the light and snaps up a tasty snack while he’s at it. An expansion to this tattoo could be a moth fluttering across one shoulder... :tongue:

Finally, when my brother John died (almost 4 years ago, now - blimey, time speeds by with no flipping regard, doesn’t it?!) I thought I’d get a tattoo of his name. Maybe with mine and my other brother’s, too. He was quite into the Ramones and I’d bought him a cd and a t-shirt a couple of years before he died. I’d bought myself a vest-top with the Ramones logo on it at the same time and wore it to the funeral, and I ended my funeral speech with a lyric of theirs. He was probably into a dozen other bands just as much, but I personally hold a strong association of them with him. Because their logo has the name Johnny at the top, I thought it would be fairly easy to adapt it to our own names. I’m stuck about what to do with the eagle logo in the middle, though. Not too keen on the USA-tastic-ness of it, and not sure how it could be adapted to be more personal. Maybe a gecko instead of an eagle? Maybe I’m going a bit bonkers, now...!?
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So there we are. Those are my thoughts. Looks like it could well have to be two separate tattoos! Any thoughts and comments sincerely welcome.
Mx
 
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ElectricLilac

Like a Renegade Master
S: 18st8lb C: 11st5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 25.7 Loss: 7st3lb(38.85%)
#2
I can give you no advice on good tattoos as i have two but neither are good lol have put pictures up on my profile if you want a laugh ......Deezer i think this one is over to you honey
 

Shinypurple

No longer "Overweight" !
S: 12st13lb C: 9st7lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 24.3 Loss: 3st6lb(26.52%)
#3
The first photo is the right sort of idea, but I’d want mine smaller and perhaps a little lower down.

Also, not so cartoony! I like the realism of something like the one on the foot... That one won an award, apparently, so I may have to search around to find as good an artist!

This is one of our real geckos, taken just a few days ago - so cute!

The guy with the Ramones tattoo is Arturo Vega, who designed the original logos. They evolved slightly over time and then the names differed depending on the line-up. Obviously he’s adapted it again for his own...
 

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Shinypurple

No longer "Overweight" !
S: 12st13lb C: 9st7lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 24.3 Loss: 3st6lb(26.52%)
#4
I can give you no advice on good tattoos as i have two but neither are good
Eeek! That must be so annoying! Well at least you can tell me where *not* to go... :D
 

ElectricLilac

Like a Renegade Master
S: 18st8lb C: 11st5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 25.7 Loss: 7st3lb(38.85%)
#5
Don't get drunk in vegas and go to the first shop you see, thats my advice lol.
 

ElectricLilac

Like a Renegade Master
S: 18st8lb C: 11st5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 25.7 Loss: 7st3lb(38.85%)
#6
also if you don't like what they are doing don't let them talk you into it, stay strong and say no
 

Shinypurple

No longer "Overweight" !
S: 12st13lb C: 9st7lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 24.3 Loss: 3st6lb(26.52%)
#7
Oh no! I know I shouldn't laugh, but I'm afraid I am doing... sorry! At least it's made a memorable souvenir, right?

Good advice about not being pressured, though. I'm a wuss about things like bad haircuts, so I would have to watch out for that.
 

ElectricLilac

Like a Renegade Master
S: 18st8lb C: 11st5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 25.7 Loss: 7st3lb(38.85%)
#8
its ok i find it funny now, the day after, when i woke up i cried for about an hour asking my OH if he could still love me now i had a rubbish tattoo his response was "what you mean now you have another rubbish tattoo" lol. My first one i got done when i was 19 and is a very cliched tramp stamp of wings on the bottom of my back, its ok though coz i can't see it !!
 
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#9
I LOVE the Clash logo idea!!! I think thats ace!! Original....

And i love the geckos...... But then i love the idea of the scarab beetle!!!

This is a great post and i have a couple of pieces planned when i get to goal.... 2 very different ones....

If you need any help looking for images or i can draw you something up give me the nod!!! : )
 

Shinypurple

No longer "Overweight" !
S: 12st13lb C: 9st7lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 24.3 Loss: 3st6lb(26.52%)
#12
Indeed! You've had the guts to get onto this diet and stick it out - that's not something a wimp is capable of! You may surprise yourself yet, with what the new, improved you can do... :-D
 

brochmor

food is not my friend!
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#13
On the subject of tattoos, I have some cupcakes on my thigh and an hourglass on my back, i was just wondering how my weight loss would affect them? I really love my tattoos and would be gutted if they got all misshapen. =[ xxx
 

Shinypurple

No longer "Overweight" !
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#14
On the subject of tattoos, I have some cupcakes on my thigh and an hourglass on my back, i was just wondering how my weight loss would affect them? I really love my tattoos and would be gutted if they got all misshapen. =[ xxx
No real clue, but I suspect the size of them would be relevant? I'm sure they could be artistically tweaked if need be. Dee probably knows best...! :D
 

Deezer

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#15
Normally they only become distorted if you get bigger but a decent artist would touch them up for you if need be babe!!! You'll be fine!! x
 

brochmor

food is not my friend!
S: 14st7lb C: 12st0lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 31.7 Loss: 2st7lb(17.24%)
#16
Thankyou Dee! That has put my mind at ease, Im such a worrier lol! they are not really in places where im going to lose lots of weight i wouldnt think anyway, I am apple shaped so most of my weight is around my tummy area! My best friend does all my tattoos for me anyway so if i need her to retouch them she will. Im having her draw up a new one for my other leg soon, its going to be a bird cage (to symbolise setting the skinny me free) with a old key inside shaped like a heart, with a crown on top (because i will finally feel like the princess i have always wanted to be) and then crystal droplet beads surrounding everything xxx
 

Deezer

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#17
Thankyou Dee! That has put my mind at ease, Im such a worrier lol! they are not really in places where im going to lose lots of weight i wouldnt think anyway, I am apple shaped so most of my weight is around my tummy area! My best friend does all my tattoos for me anyway so if i need her to retouch them she will. Im having her draw up a new one for my other leg soon, its going to be a bird cage (to symbolise setting the skinny me free) with a old key inside shaped like a heart, with a crown on top (because i will finally feel like the princess i have always wanted to be) and then crystal droplet beads surrounding everything xxx
Awesome!!! Love it!!! I'm thinking of a pheonix!!! Re-birth!!! X
 

brochmor

food is not my friend!
S: 14st7lb C: 12st0lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 31.7 Loss: 2st7lb(17.24%)
#18
Awesome!!! Love it!!! I'm thinking of a pheonix!!! Re-birth!!! X
That sounds awesome =D I love tattoos that have little personal meanings to them! I have wanted another tattoo for some time now but I have been putting on weight and I have never been able to truly say 'when i lose weight' and actually know that its not that far away!! xxx
 

Shinypurple

No longer "Overweight" !
S: 12st13lb C: 9st7lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 24.3 Loss: 3st6lb(26.52%)
#19
That sounds awesome =D I love tattoos that have little personal meanings to them! I have wanted another tattoo for some time now but I have been putting on weight and I have never been able to truly say 'when i lose weight' and actually know that its not that far away!! xxx
Exactly my thinking! :) I love this diet for being so predictable... (if you know what I mean!).

Mx
 
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#20
love this thread :) i love tattoos just got my tenth one done a design just over my collarbone with arabic writing on it. when i lose weight im plaaning on a big one on my back not sure what to get tho

xxx
 


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