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I want a tattoo!

April 23, 2008

My dear mother is appalled that those words are coming out of my mouth.  Quite frankly, I have always said that I would never get a tattoo because I couldn’t think of anything I would want on my body for the rest of my life. I have an idea that just might cause me to take the plunge and get some ink.

My lovely wife and I are going on a European cruise to celebrate our 15 year anniversary. Rome is one of the cities that we will be visiting.  While we are there, we are thinking about getting tattoos that somehow incorporate the Roman numeral 15 (XV).  I am picturing the large letters looking like they have been carved in stone.  I may include some sort of Latin or Italian script underneath, too.

Good idea or bad? (Please don’t give me the “Bible says don’t mark yourself” argument.)  Do you have any ink?  Will I regret this decision when I am 60?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. arenoguy permalink
    April 23, 2008 9:16 pm

    One thing to remember, life is a short ride. I you want a tatoo, go for it. I was 35 when I got my first tatoo. My grandfather had just passed away and I decided I also wanted a tatoo to remember him. I had a friend draw up kinda what I wanted and off we went. Well, 10 years later and I am up to 5 tatoos. They are all conceled when I am wearing pants and a tee shirt and I enjoy them all and plan on getting more. You want something to remember your 15th anniversary, go for it. Good luck and let me know how things work out.

  2. SSchmedt permalink
    April 23, 2008 9:19 pm

    Are you finished at 15? What about when you get to 24 and 33…???

    XXIV and XXXIII don’t look as cool.

    What if people think you are celebrating the Raiders 27-10 victory over the Eagles in Superbowl XV, becoming the first wild card team to win the tile?

    Just some things to think about.

  3. virago permalink
    April 23, 2008 9:32 pm

    I say go for it. As long as your not inking each others names and it has significant meaning to both of you, why not? I think it would neat. I have a tat so I am a little biased. I got it when I was younger and probably would have picked something a little different at this point in my life. It’s a rose and will probably be wilted when I’m 60. I was smart enough though, to get it somewhere “hidden”. My only recommendations…Make sure you LOVE the design and don’t put it on your forehead!!!

  4. April 24, 2008 1:25 pm

    The only problem is this. YOU WILL WANT MORE, and MORE, and MORE. They are addictive.


  5. Mike High permalink*
    April 24, 2008 3:49 pm

    Ha! I’ve heard that from several people now. I don’t know that I will be getting a sleeve anytime soon.

  6. April 24, 2008 11:05 pm

    Well Schmedt’s not a life group leader for nutin’…what wisdom, ha/ha.

    Oh just do it. There are not enough people married even 15 years anymore! Tattoos in Europe. Sounds like a good way to make some memories. Mark away.

  7. aaron heeg permalink
    April 25, 2008 5:02 am

    Love the idea and think you should go for it.

  8. Chivon permalink
    April 30, 2008 10:13 pm

    I think that the idea is cool, and pretty romantic. if it’s something that you and your wife want to do together, why not_you know? be free

  9. michaelmanasseh permalink
    May 2, 2008 1:22 pm

    Dude the Bible says…
    Ha! Of coarse you know my stance, ink up bro!
    Sleeve up in my opinion!
    And as long as you get something you know you will care about when your 60, then you won’t regret it!!!

  10. tim permalink
    May 2, 2008 3:12 pm

    I don’t regret mine and haven’t had the urge to get more. I think Amy will want something more than just the numerals though.

  11. Troy M permalink
    May 5, 2008 7:33 pm

    Being part of the group I say go for it. I have a TAT on my shoulder of a cross to remind me everyday that Christ is always there with me. I got it shortly after my first Mission trip. I have NO regrets and I would LOVE to get another one at some point in time. Have fun on your trip and show off your INK when you get back.

  12. Amy High permalink
    May 30, 2008 9:55 am

    You all need to keep asking about this, he was getting really nervous when he thought it might actually happen.
    After debating whether we should ask our tour guide where to find a tatoo shop, i decided to take the plunge while Michael ran to the bathroom. Our guide was nice, she said her daughter had one, and she proceded to ask all of the ladies who worked in this really nice leather shop we were touring if any of them knew of a place. Almost every one of them acted like “why would i know where a tatoo shop would be, do I look like the type of person to have a tatoo”. After much asking around, we found a place to get it done, but it had not opened yet. So we went looking for a place to grab a bite to eat around the corner. We walked up and down a couple of streets with me saying “how about this place” 50 million times and him not really replying but just kept walking. Finally we settled on one, and while ordering noticed the lady behind the counter had quite a significant tat. So we asked her where one would get a tatoo. She pointed over to a lady who was now leaving (after having lunch), and said she owns a place.
    So we asked this woman where her place was, what do you know, it was the same place that we had found awholago. We thought maybe that was Michaels “wet blanket” (or whatever that deal is called in the bible when whatshisname asked for confimation from God). Needless to say Michael started getting nervous. After lunch, we made our way back to the tatoo/piercing shop and unfortunately found out that they could not get to us until later. We had to be back with our tour group in a couple of hours, so it was impossible to make the jump into tatoo world.
    Michael did say that he still wants to get it done here, so all of you out there, keep on him about that.

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