Who Has a Tattoo (or tattoos)?

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  1. diakonos

    diakonos Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I recently got a tattoo, on my upper right arm. For everyone that has a tattoo (or tattoos), I have questions about how to take care of it over the next few days.

    How often should I rinse it off (with or without mild soap)?

    How many times a day should I apply the bacitracin ointment on it?

    Because I weight train, I have always used cocoa butter on my arms to remove stretch marks. Will using cocoa butter dull the color or design of my new tat?

    I’ve been told that it will eventually scab up. When should I expect this to happen? What should I do when it happens?

    I got it done 3 days ago. How long should I expect this God awful itching to last? Is there anything I can do to alleviate some (if not all) of the itching?

    Finally, (if you don't my sharing on a personal level) what is the meaning of or story behind your tattoo?
     
  2. kente417mojo

    kente417mojo Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hey diakonos, I had to wipe mine of water drops that appeared on the top of it. I was told not to wash it. It was hard trying to shower without getting it wet. I used vasoline, but not too much. As far as the itching, I had to deal with it a little while. I wanted to scratch it too.

    Mine is just a dragon, no specific meaning, just a dragon since i like them so much. It's not really detailed, it's more tribal style, just a fill, but with dark green ink. I want to get a couple of swords because I collect them so I think it would be cool to have one in ink. What's your tattoo of?
     
  3. diakonos

    diakonos Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Mine is an Aztec Bat, with the word TZIN 5 (pronounced zin 5, the "T" is silent) written on it.
     
  4. sistahisis

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    i got my most recent tattoo last year august (eye of horus). i have 4 tattoos total (see thread: Me and My Tattoos). i did the whole bacitracin thing for my first tattoo (arm band) only. that was too messy and too much trouble for me by the time i got my second tattoo (butterfly). all you really have to do is treat it the same you would any other wound... keep it clean. you shouldn't use any vaseline. uhhh... i used antibacterial soap. i did not use any type of moisturizer until they were scabbed up. i think the grease is supposed be bad for the ink or something. there are a lot of websites online that will give u instructions on how to care for your tattoos.

    the meanings of my tattoos:


    arm band: at the time i got it (21 years old) there was not a reason. i just thought that arm bands were cool ever since i was 16 years.

    my butterfly: ideally, i would like to live my life by just going where the wind takes me. and i have always loved the beauty of butterflies.

    eye of horus: represents my rebirth both spiritually and culturally. i have also always had a weird fascination with eyes even before i ever heard of the eye of horus.

    my fourth tattoo: is my personal nickname for my boyfriend (we just celebrated our 5 year anniversary)
     
  5. toylin

    toylin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I have one tattoo.. Left shoulder.. it's an ankh.

    I washed mine.. with mild antibacterial soap, and put some unscented lotion on it when it started to itch/peel. The tat place I went to recommended Neosporin.
     
  6. CarrieMonet

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    I have a tattoo of a Carebear. When I was younger I used to love the heart bear. When I got older that became an automatic nickname...people who meet me give me that nickname right away.

    So a carebear seemed like a natural choice for a tattoo.
     
  7. LibertyLady

    LibertyLady Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    mmm this has taking my attention last day cause...


    these little kids come in with tatoos from where i work.....




    they come in verry cool and say "'look''' cool huh...




    but those are tattoo,s from out of a pattato bag...







    :x:





    not long ago i had this conversation with this nice friend...

    and he showed me his tattoo,s

    now i actually realy dont like tattooo,s ....but he showed it to me ...

    and than i asked him ....

    do you have a specific reason why you choose that one....


    than he said "'no....'"

    than i said do you know what it means ....



    than he said "" No"'....


    lol....

    actualy because he said that ..i loved him even more...


    him not the tats...






    Lovelibertylady:heart:
     
  8. CarrieMonet

    CarrieMonet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    My sister has Japanese writing on her, she too does not know what it says or what it means.
     
  9. MississippiRed

    MississippiRed Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I ain't never felt the japanese and chinese characters who's to say them folk are telling you the truth...a dude I know has some on his arm and this Chinese girl we know told him the other day that it doesn't mean anything really just lines...I was rolling....lol...I have a cross with rose on my right forearm says In Memory of Robert L. Williams ( My Daddy) on my right shoulder I have a Flying bird with banner that says Lynda Williams, on the left side of my chest I have a Lion's head ( me) and my baby boy's name around it..Omar Robert Williams, I have Mississippi on my back in Olde English , on my left shoulder I have an Ankh with a breeze coming out of it with my Wife(Janet) my Oldest son (Osiris Andre Williams) and my Daughter(Jada khalilah Williams) I have Strange Fruit poem on the inside of my left forearm and on right side of my chest I have a Skull with a black rose in his teeth a cross on his forehead and NN on his chin..over it says R.I.P. Disco Kid ideas for maybe two or three more for this year...
    I think if you put that ink on your body it should mean something ...my tats show different things I was thinking at those times in my life.. I want folk to look at me and get an idea of who I am...still love women with tats though love em...ummmmmhmmmm :grin:

    Mississippi Red
    I'm the South like eating greens and cornbread with yo fangers....
     
  10. Nisa

    Nisa Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I have 8 tattoos...
    The eye of horus
    name on arm
    dad's initials on left ankle
    nick name on right calf
    one on lower back
    tattoo of an ankh on the nape of neck (just a little surprise when i wear my hair in a head wrap)
    and one in a special place

    The tattoos itched like crazy...woooo but i used the bactirin as welll...2 of em healed weird...ackkk...I love tattoos...i have my nose pierced as well..all tattoos are well covered..when people do see em..they trip out cuz im so innocent looking lol..go figure
     
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