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Old 02-08-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting my first tattoo. I would like something simple on the inside of my forearm. Like a combination of my wife and my initials plus our wedding date. See my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.watching her battle this has been the hardest thing I've ever had to go though. Anyone that helped a love one go though chemo can attest to that. So a long story short she is recouping well from all the treatments and hopefully on her way to being cancer free. Any way I want a tattoo to symbolize are marriage and my devotion to her, but don't know anything about tattoos.I know this is a jeep forum but a lot of jeepers have tattoos so if any of you have Any advise for me, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Old 02-08-2012, 09:56 PM   #2
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The only advice I can offer is make sure you go to a reputable shop.
You don't want to end up with any diseases because you decided to save a few bucks.

Love the idea and I can't wait till I get my first tattoo

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:01 PM   #3
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Honestly you have the hard part done, getting an idea that has meaning and purpose. I couldn't think of a better reason to get a tattoo. Like previously stated go to a good shop with solid artist and you should ready to rock and roll. Wish the wife the best of luck from everyone here!
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I am sorry to hear about your wife. I hope she continues to improve.

Just remember...a tattoo is permanent. Make sure it is exactly what you want. Make sure the shop that you choose can do the type of work that you want done. Make some sketches to take with you and place them on your arm to get a feel for the size.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:04 PM   #5
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Normally I would recommend not putting anything to do with a woman on ur body but your case is a special one. I say go for it, just make sure the tattoo is just as perfect as your wife (or make it as close as possible) I hope everything works out man.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:12 AM   #6
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sorry to hear about your wife, i have a tattoo of skull and cross bones with my wifes name embroider into it,,, it means till death do us part,, she will always be with me. in life and in death.
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Normally I would recommend not putting anything to do with a woman on ur body but your case is a special one. I say go for it, just make sure the tattoo is just as perfect as your wife (or make it as close as possible) I hope everything works out man.
Like he said...I typically wouldnt suggest a tattoo for the wife/gf, but I also agree that you are the exception.

When I typically get tattoos, I either draw something myself and let the artist have some freedom with it...or I have a good idea of what I want so I can explain it to my artist. Artists always like pictures...if you find pictures online of something you like or want to incorporate, print them out and give them to your artist.

Like already mentioned...find someone you are comfortable with. Make sure you have good vibes from the person that is going to be making a permanent mark on your body. Not every shop you walk into may feel right for you. It is also a very good idea to look at their portfolio so that you have an idea of what kind of work they produce.

Something I personally do, that some people may not...I watch them setup and how they handle their equipment. Watch where their needles, tubes, and anything else may cause cross contamination comes from. Not trying to freak you out, just be aware. Just because someone can do good tattoos doesn't make them clean.

Lastly, if your wife KNOWS you are getting the tattoo...maybe consider getting her input. If it's going to be for her, it may be wise for her to like the design as well .

Good luck! It's an addiction haha
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Get advice from friends that have tattoos on a good artist. I have been tattooed by several people all across the country due to living in so many places while in the military, but my last 2 tattoos were done by an artist here in Seattle and I recommend him to any friends that ask me. I will also be getting all of my future tattoos from him.

I personally have found that when I tell an artist what I want either verbally or with pictures and then tell them to add their own twist and just make it great it turns out great. It is amazing what a good artist and some artistic freedom can do!
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:33 PM   #9
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My wife Kathleen passed away on march 19th. Her cancer returned in oct, it had spread to the Brain. She had two operations on her brain to remove tumors and then had several radiation treatments to Brain and spine. But the cancer spread to fast. Anyways I know this is dragging up an old thread but I thought I'd show the tattoo I got in memory of her. The nail cross symbolizes our faith in Christ and the flowing breast cancer ribbon her fight against cancer. I meshed her and my initials together for the 23 + years together.

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First off, I'm sorry about your loss and hopefully your faith has helped you through this difficult time.

Now to the tattoo. It looks awesome and carries a great meaning. I also have an "in memory" tattoo and know the significance they hold.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:26 PM   #11
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Sorry to hear of your loss, and, indeed, a beautiful memorial.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Beautiful memorial tattoo.
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I had never seen this thread before. I did not realize the date until I read your update. I was all set to advise, as others did, to look for a reputable shop. Then I read your update and saw the photo. There have been few things I have seen that have moved me. I will say that this is one of those things. I think that tatoo is the best symbol anyone could have come up with. Knowing the meaning behind it makes it even more powerful. I would also like to offer my condolences and sympathies during this time. . I'm sure it's not easy to post something like this on an internet forum, thank you for sharing your story. It really is a beautiful tatoo and I believe she would be proud.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Beautiful memorial tattoo.
Indeed a wonderful memorial
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:53 PM   #15
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By all means, don't skimp on the price. You know what 'they' say, you get what you pay for. Be prepared to spend a couple hundred on up for a very detailed piece. I spent $250 on mine and it looks great. Just wish I had taken care of it and protected it from the sun, it is really faded now...and not sure I can stand the pain to get it filled in again!!! Good luck.
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My wife Kathleen passed away on march 19th. Her cancer returned in oct, it had spread to the Brain. She had two operations on her brain to remove tumors and then had several radiation treatments to Brain and spine. But the cancer spread to fast. Anyways I know this is dragging up an old thread but I thought I'd show the tattoo I got in memory of her. The nail cross symbolizes our faith in Christ and the flowing breast cancer ribbon her fight against cancer. I meshed her and my initials together for the 23 + years together.

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I was reading it down the line and I instantly got goosebumps. I'm so sorry for your loss. The tattoo looks amazing, it is a true tribute to your wife. I have a Leukemia ribbon and a bird for my grandfather. They give you that little smile each and every day.
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:19 PM   #17
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Sorry mine.

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Old 04-27-2013, 04:31 PM   #18
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Here shortly I'm getting pretty much the same thing done. I'm getting a pink ribbon on the inside of my right bicep with "Mom" on the inside in cursive. My mom had and beat breast cancer. Plus she said she'd pay for half of it if I get it. lol

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