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Old 13-08-2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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I don't know if Miami Ink is to blame or what, but whenever you talk to people with no tattoos or only a couple, they seem to say the same thing. "I like tattoos, but I want one that has lots of meaning!". What is this obsession with tattoos having some special meaning.

Is it just some kind of justification because they're scared of what people will think if they get a tattoo without a particular meaning attached to it?

I have some tattoos with meaning, but at the same time I have lots without. And I worried about the meaning behind them less and less the more i got. I started appreciating them as decorative artwork more than some picture-book of my personal details and lost loved ones and so forth.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 13-08-2008, 10:28 AM   #2
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I like Japanese tattoos beacause of the meanings and all of mine mean something but not soppy memorial stuff, more like personal qualities and traits that I have and aspirations

Some people just have great looking tattoos and I appreciate them just as much...I always look at the artwork before the meaning - that always comes later I think
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Old 13-08-2008, 10:40 AM   #3
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Some tattoos have a meaning for me, but mainly because they remind me of what I was like when I got it done. I look at my first tattoo that I got on my 17th birthday and smile cos I remember how young and excited I was! Am now 26 and cynical

But then some of my tattoos are just pretty pictures! Meaning is fine, but you wouldn't look for meaning in any other adornment, so it gets annoying. "I chose this purple belt because it reminded me of my struggle to get over my drug addiction...."
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Old 13-08-2008, 10:51 AM   #4
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mine have great meaning too,,,,,,they mean hellboy fucking rules .
i would also like to say im my defence meanings are like opinions which are like assholes ,,so you can see where im going with this
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Old 13-08-2008, 10:54 AM   #5
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Mine don't have 'meanings' to them except for my daughters name but that's self-explanitory. I just like having pictures on my body. That's it.
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Old 13-08-2008, 11:23 AM   #6
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mine have great meaning too,,,,,,they mean hellboy fucking rules .
i would also like to say im my defence meanings are like opinions which are like assholes ,,so you can see where im going with this
I see being a year older has made you even happier than usual

Hellboy does indeed rule...
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Old 13-08-2008, 11:33 AM   #7
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just call me MR CHUCKLES :P but if you start calling me anything that has sunshinne of your life in it i swear to god the chickens are dead and i will find a hole for your bike so big it wont come back when its callled heh
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Old 13-08-2008, 11:41 AM   #8
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Apart from my parents surnames, all mine mean i like tattoos, and like getting tattooed, and thats the answer i always give.
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A couple of mine have meaning, but for the most part its images relating to consepts, so not just a random image but an idea behind it. If it was a case of meaning to everything, then what would my lady leg say about me, I like ladies a lot. Im sure some Miami Ink fans will take it to mean Im a lesbian.
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Old 13-08-2008, 11:57 AM   #10
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Some of my tattoos hold meaning. Like the lady HATA did on my leg - the apple is for Charlie.

Others like my 'Fuck' don't really have much lol
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