I’m 19, of course some (most?) of my friends have tattoos. Some have multiples, some are haunted by a choice to beg their parents for a cartoon ankle tattoo at 14. A lot are memorial tattoos, as parents always seem to allow those to commemorate late family members, some are quotes, and some are just ugly flowers.
I have nothing against tattoos. I spent most of my pre-teenhood perusing the pages of BMEzine, planning my next self-piercing or future body art, even entertaining the validity of suspensions and all that weird stuff. In the period of a month, I went from two lobe-piercings I begged my mother to let me have in second grade to more than 10 piercings in my ears alone. Being able to fit a q-tip through my left ear piercing was a serious accomplishment.
I always dreamed when I turned 18, like every other weirdo pre-teen, I would get a tattoo. It would be awesome, and I would forever be a bad-ass because of it. (The legal consent age for piercings in 16 in Ontario, so they were old news).
And then I turned 18, and then 19, and now nearing 20. Still no tattoo. Could it the fact that there are so many failed and poorly planned tattoos that a rather successful website has started? Could it be that I’ve already seen some regretful friends get even worse cover-ups for their bad tattoos?
Maybe I’m just over-thinking it. Idea #1 was a nice, colourful swallow on the top of my foot, near my toes. I’ve drawn it out a few times, but it’s a tricky thing to get right. My biggest problem is that it’s a rather common tattoo, although I suppose it’s better than nautical stars. Would I get it too small and the ink would bleed together over the years? Would I find myself in a business situation and my heels would expose it?
Idea #2 was a small, Canadian maple leaf somewhere on my rib-cage. Not straight from the flag, no, too symmetrical. No black outline, just red. But flat colour looks amateur, could they add some shading? Or should I get a realistic and non-stylized maple leaf? Would it be weird to get the leaf from the Globe and Mail logo as a tattoo? What if my red maple leaf looks like a huge blemish on my ribcage after a while? I don’t even look good in red!
You know what? I think I’ll give it a few more months.