4th of April, 2017
That I often get asked.
Let’s talk about tattoos!
- What’s your inspiration?
I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty impulsive when it comes to tattoos. If I get an idea, and it immediately clicks, I go for it.
I usually get an artist (like for the Banana Yoshimoto tattoo) or my friend Daizo (like for the anime ones) to draw it for me – after explaining my vision – or at times I even just do it myself (for example, the quote) or bring a photo to my tattoo artist and she designs it for me (like the easel with flowers).
I don’t really pick what’s popular at the moment but rather something that has a meaning to me, something that I can look at and it instantly reminds me of a period of time (like the hand shadow). A person (the lemon tree for my dad). Or something about myself (the twig).
Some are very personal, others are more fun. What matters to me is how they all connect to each other, and most importantly how they relate to me.
2. How do you pick the placement?
I have a very strange way to place my tattoos; for some reason I tent to move mine off-center, rarely I opt for what makes the most sense. I find that it gives them a more personal vibe, just cause they are a bit unexpected.
Another thing I keep in mind is how often I wish to see each tattoo: when I got the chamomile near my wrist, I knew that was going to be very visible to me – that is what I wanted and I truly enjoy seeing my favourite flower at all times. Others, like one hand holding a bouquet of flowers with a libra sign, are more hidden, so they are a nice surprise every time I glance at them.
Not many get to see it, but I know is there.
Some complained that this way they look random and unconnected, that I should just get a sleeve or something more cohesive, but my idea is to have them all around as if, when I was a kid – during a hot summer day – I would just cut out the fake ones and stamp them on my body.
Obviously, there is more thought to my placement than that, but that’s what I want to achieve, it gives them a sense of fun.
3. What about the pain?
People have different pain tolerances for different things, as well as every part of our body is more or less sensitive than others; because of this, it is very difficult to tell how much it is going to hurt for someone else.
I was told that getting my spine tattooed would hurt like crazy, but it really didn’t. The one thing I’d noticed was my arms twitching, cause when the needle hit some spots I couldn’t control them. But not much pain.
I always say that the pain reminds me of when you use an electric razor, the one that pulls out your hair. Same feeling to me. Totally doable. Plus, if you find a tattoo artist you like to chat with, time goes by really fast.
Overall, for me, bony areas are okay, just feel stranger and slightly more painful. Every area of the arm is totally fine, the only spots I’m more sensitive are the ones near the elbow and the line in front (like where I have the little heart). The pain, for me, generally goes from a 3 to a 7, on a scale from 0 to 10.
4. Why don’t you do a video about your tattoos?
I have talked about many of them here on my blog, where I feel like I have a chance to properly explain myself. On Youtube, it’s simply too easy to come across random people that just hate the idea of tattoos on itself. It doesn’t seem appealing to me to open up about something personal on a video when I know for a fact that it will bring a lot of negativity.
5. What about when you get old?
This is the remark people with tattoos hear all the time: “You are gonna regret that when you get old”.
But what about: “Would you rather spend the rest of your life regretting a choice you made or spend the rest of your life wondering what *if* to something you didn’t do?”
It’s a fair point, it applies to everything. It’s up to you to pick.
I was stuck for the longest time thinking, “Oh, but if I do it I may regret it”.
But then realised it was something I truly liked, so why not do it. For the fear that once my body is all wrinkly, in so many years from now, I may regret it? It sure can be a possibility, but I’m not gonna stop myself from living the present for the fear of the future.
And if I truly hated something in the future, it being 5 or 50 years from now, there is always an option. Also notice that this choice doesn’t affect anyone, and it also doesn’t hurt me: if I were smoking, for example, that could actually kill me.
I don’t think there is a need to get all weird about tattoos, they are a form of art, some enjoy it, some don’t. It’s all cool!
If you are one of those who do like it, and is maybe interested in getting some, I hope this post helped you figuring stuff out. If you really don’t get their appeal, I totally understand that, but I ask you to respect me as well. ✌️