Last month I ran a competition on Facebook which gave readers the chance to win a free copy of new book The Tattoo Dictionary (congratulations to our winner Holly)!
To enter, you had to comment on the post sharing the story behind your first ever tattoo. I just LOVED your guys’ answers and wanted to share them with the rest of the Inkluded community.
I recently did a vlog about the importance of information and research when getting your first ever tattoo. I think most of us make those decisions quickly and go on to be a bit embarrassed about the tiny, cheesy symbol we put on our bodies as angry teenagers! It was great to learn that we are not alone. 🙂
The responses from you all just proved that no one tattoo story is the same. From plain symbols to a complex unicursal hexagram, this selection of answers is evidence of how diverse tattoo motivations can be. Some of you felt regret and negativity towards your first tattoo, one individual in particular was forced to receive it – but overall you had positive, nostalgic emotions towards these experiences.
We’re sometimes really quick to judge ‘common’ or ‘cliché’ artwork but I think that first tattoo decision is a huge one at the time. Decorating our bodies with tattoos is a very lengthy journey for many of us – it all starts somewhere and goes on to give us immense personal joy and self-exploration. I feel so honoured to have heard about these varied special encounters that, for many, kick-started the wearer’s life-long love with tattoos.
There were over 60 comments but here are a selection put together in a jazzy word cloud!
As you can see, tribal, Yin Yang, crosses and butterflies were the most frequent answers, but still a load of variety in there.