Friday, January 3, 2014


This year, I'm probably going to get a tattoo. It will probably be something really nerdy, like SPQR or a Frank Herbert/Daniel Handler crossover. Regardless of what it is, it will be planned long in advance and done by someone good. Here's some stuff I've been looking at that I like for various reasons.

I like that kind of arm-ish location. I like the idea of using a natural history illustrative look.

Do you have tattoos? Do you have advice?


  1. A good friend of mine is a tattoo artist in NC (I should visit soon). He did the tattoo on my back that my sister drew.

    Best advice, get what you want. I know some people who just like to splash colorful things on their body. I know some who like meaning or at least things that provoke thought.

    Also, set the money aside before you go looking. You'll feel less guilty (tattoos can be expensive) and you won't make the mistake I did and blow $40 on a deposit for a tattoo that you couldn't afford.

  2. Realistically, you limit your career options by getting a tattoo in a visible place. If you're going to get one, you might give thought to doing it somewhere that can be covered up by work clothes. Or don't, but just know that might stand in the way of certain jobs down the road. Is this right, perhaps not, but it's reality.

    1. I disagree. One can easily can cover up just about any tattoo that isn't on your face, neck, or hands by clothes. Yes, that might mean wearing a lightweight blazer over your professional clothes or a cardigan, but it by no means is impossible or even totally uncomfortable. Additionally, the makeup for covering tattoos that is on the market is more readily available and easier to use than ever. My aunt worked for a Graphic Design firm in Florida that employed a man who wore long sleeve button-down shirts to work everyday. She did not know until much later that he was tattooed all the way up to his neck! If he could wear such clothing in Florida for a job to cover up full-body tattoos without anybody knowing, then anyone else can do it, too.

      Furthermore, one not need always cover tattoos if employed in certain environments. I have known plenty of employed college graduates and otherwise that have had good jobs that did not require them to cover up their tattoos while working. I have seen college professors, nurses, government employees, and especially professionals in the arts gainfully employed and showing their ink and/ or piercings while on the clock. When asking a couple of these individuals (namely the nurse and college professor) how this worked out for them they said that their bosses don't mind just as long as it is not vulgar or offensive. There is a facebook group dedicated entirely to educating nay sayers on the reality of tattoos and employment. I think it is called, "Tattooed and employed."
      And lastly, being in the graphic design business, which Lily is becoming educated in, means staying relevant to culture and retaining a youthful cutting edge. Having a tattoo could make Lily culturally relevant, cutting edge, memorable, relatable, and will give her a perpetual sense of youth as tattoos are and have been gaining popularity amongst young adults for decades and they are bound to continue on this trajectory.

    2. That's a really great response, Lucy! Thanks. However, I am wary of getting anything that might limit my job options. I believe tattoos to be more acceptable in a graphic design career than in most, but I still don't plan on getting anything too crude. Plus, I plan to get one above the elbow so I don't have to wag it in the interviewers faces.

  3. For your first tattoo, get something small where it is easily covered by clothes, like on your back. A small one won't be very expensive, and if it turns out you don't like it or the idea of tattoos at all, there are no regrets. If you like the tattoo, then you can go for something larger or more visible later on. And make sure the artist is a pro who has worked out of a shop for some time. Don't use the person just starting out who does work in their kitchen!

  4. I LOVE that placement on the back of the arm, just above the elbow! I saw it on someone in the street once and it's haunted me ever since. I'd love a tiny hummingbird to hover there.

    I have a pair of doves on my back and I will love them forever :) Usually when people at work find out about them it surprises them because I "don't seem the type" but maybe they are more prevalent/accepted in the UK these days?

    Just get something you adore. For me, price is no consideration as it's going to be with you forever, so if it requires some saving up then so be it. It will be worth the wait.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with! Do you think you'll design your own?