#35612
RanWal
Participant
    @ranwal

18 here. Looking into getting a tattoo to represent my childhood and where I came from. I have a powerful story, and want to translate that into a symbolic tattoo. Don’t know the placement or even where to begin. Wanted to seek help from som tattoo enthusiasts.

Anyone here do sketches or anything? I know you guys might get a lot of requests and might be annoyed with it. But I am really interested in knowing what everyone has to think. I want to get multiple views of input here.

🙂 so where do I begin to get help? <3

oh, and also, my bro is a amateur tattoo artist working at a shop. (no way in HELL is he tattooing me) XD

#97290
ArniVidar
Moderator
    @arnividar

Wise man… free ink is not worth it 🙂

You begin by finding a good tattooist that does the style that interests you, and then sit down with him and talk to him and explain what symbols you like to get in there. If he likes it, he’ll draw it up for you and you pay him for it regardless of whether or not you get it inked on you, and if he doesn’t like it he either changes your mind or you go to another artist.


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#97321
reefdiver
Participant
    @reefdiver
RanWal;79406 wrote:
18 here. Looking into getting a tattoo to represent my childhood and where I came from.
I have a powerful story,

#97327
buttwheat
Participant
    @buttwheat

Not sure anybody is going to draw it up for you but we could help you come with ideas. We need to hear the story or we will just have to make one up.

#97414
RanWal
Participant
    @ranwal
buttwheat;79453 wrote:
Not sure anybody is going to draw it up for you but we could help you come with ideas. We need to hear the story or we will just have to make one up.
reefdiver;79447 wrote:

Somehow I knew this was going to be said.

I was born into a family addicted to drugs and alcohol. My birth mom was addicted to Heroine, so I was exposed in utero for my first eight months of gestation. At six months of age, I was abandoned with my older birth brother. I was put into the foster care system. I bounced around from home to home until I was settled into a home for 5 months.

In the meantime, my brother (2 years old) had been placed with another family, the ****** family. I was stable and loved there for about a year, when my birth mother was told she had to take us back into her custody, or lose us forever. Without warning, my brother and I were placed back with her into a drug-treatment center. Within weeks she relapsed, and I was given back to the ***** family. For the next ten months, I was bounced back and forth between the ******* family and my birthparents due to continual relapses (my birth father had been released from prison during this time).

As a result, my ability to trust and attach to people had been effected. Thankfully, my foster parents, the *****, fought for my brother and me. By the age of four, I was finally in full custody with my family; my adoption complete.

While living with my new family, I have had a loving, successful upraising. From my parents I have learned that things in life do not always come as easy as they should, and that even in times of despair and hard times, that you should always push through and carry on, no matter what. It hasn’t been an easy road. I have watched my brother struggle with Attachment Disorder, mental illness and bad choices. His life choices have affected me profoundly. My brother remains my only biological connection in life, something I have been taught to value.

Today, I strive to make the most of the opportunities I’ve been given. I am grateful for the new life I was adopted into, and want to make my parents proud, and glad for their decision. It hasn’t been an easy parenthood for them. We have struggled financially at times, been through many stressful events, and have come out the other end intact. I am a success story.

it’s fancy only because it was a personal statement for college. This is the cut and chopped version.

So I literally have no idea where to begin!

#97419
buttwheat
Participant
    @buttwheat

Get a koi swimming up stream surrounded by lotus flowers.

#97428
suzridesahog
Participant
    @suzridesahog

Or the typicaly Phoenix rising from the ashes type of tattoo. You will find lots of examples of Koi and the phoenix. Water also represents rebirth, or starting over.

Or….. just get a cool tattoo that you like. They all don’t have to have symbolism or deep deep meaning.

#97431
RanWal
Participant
    @ranwal

hmm. I like the meanings of those, but I think it would be odd to have those cultures on my shoulder..(japanese, hindu)

I guess I’ll have to look for generic symbols and piece something together. thanks guys.

#97436
ArniVidar
Moderator
    @arnividar

Well, do you prefer your own culture then? There is nothing more American than old-school.


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#97449
reefdiver
Participant
    @reefdiver

i dunno……….you have a scull as your avatar, so why not just get a killer tattoo of something random that you like, and you will still remember it as having whatever meaning you want ……..

no one else is gonna care…………

#97464
buttwheat
Participant
    @buttwheat

I see your in Seattle maybe a Northwest Indian totem pole. Totem poles tell stories you could get one that tells yours. There a lot of great artists up here. Come up to the Jet City Tattoo Expo at the Tulalip Casino resort this weekend I will be there on Friday.

#97481
Despoina
Participant
    @despoina

Hi,
In one part of your story you say that your brother remains the only biological connection in life. Maybe you should start from this and find something that represents you and your brother walking the hard road of life and a symbol for your parents because they help you to get out of this way.
Maybe my idea looks stupid but thats what i think when i read your story!

(I think that Wheel of dharma also represents life and reincarnation.)

#97622
RanWal
Participant
    @ranwal

i dont want to be rude but i dont want something that has to do with religion or mythology 🙁 I just dont want that on my arm.

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