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How much do they hurt? Does it depend upon whereabouts you get it on your body?
and different colours hurt more than others and how heavy handed the tattooist is
that sounds like quack talk!
several dozen hours under the needle, but hey, what do I know, eh
under the needle all at once? no that is not possible! i can't take more than 3 hours at once!
not an experience I'd care to repeat, about 5 is more than enough thankyouverymuch
Size: a bigger tattoo abviously hurts more.
Colouring: The outline is relatively painfree, hwever, when the tattooist fills it in, that's when the real pain comes.
Body part: On the bone (ie shoulder blade) hurts more than soft tissue (ie tummy).
but yes where it is on your body plays a big part as does your own pain threshold.
not as painful as the inside of your upper arm though. this is from my friend who is adorned in them, not me.
thanks for the forewarning. I think I have a high pain thresh hold anyhow...
whole length of my inside arm from wrist to armpit done, and have to say it was tolerable.... but everyone's experience is different
the colouring in does hurt less, as a larger needle is used, therefore the pain is less concentrated in one place. This is usually when the brain releases endorphins which kill pain. The outline, unless it's a very thick one, uses (usually) three or five needles in close configuration, therefore the pain is very specific and sharp.
yeah, it's my job.
on my wrist. But I'm still thinking about other ideas...
not sure where though. I have a small tattoo on the inside of my wrist it didn't hurt much at all.
I hope it doesn't hurt. I'm quite excited now.
I want one that looks a but different than that.
(female zebra finch, to be exact) on my left wrist!
they also have a lot to do with sailors.
I'd go into detail but I have a headache and think my eyes may pop out my skull.
maybe I should actually check it doesn't mean something bad first...
Here are opinions and answers from FAQ Farmers:
* Swallow tattoos are just that; tattoos of the swallow bird. Reading about it, they are the traditional tattoos of birds that are commonly seen on people.
* The swallows are an old sailors tattoo. Sailors got them for proof of the Navy and trust. I'm getting one on my hand next week. Sailors also got mum and dad with an anchor behind it.
* Long ago, a sailor would get a swallow tattoo after successfully sailing a certain amount of miles (obviously a great deal of miles, but I'm not sure exactly how many).
* Actually, all swallows return home to San Juan Capistrano every year. So the tattoos were used to say that you will always come home. They are a sign of loyalty, pride to both regions and people.
* It is said in an old superstition, that when you see a swallow for the first time in a new year it is an omen of wealth. You're supposed to rub the money in your wallet while watching the bird, in order to ensure wealth in the future.
* Sailors would have a swallow tattoo put on their chest after completing 5,000 sea miles and one on the other side after completing 10,000 sea miles. Many sailors still get authentic Naval tattoos.
* Here is the origin of the swallow tattoo: there was a ship named the swallow, the men had a mutiny and the original seven mutineers had swallows tattooed on them so that they could identify each other. Out of this two things happened: 1. People got swallows tattooed on them and lied about being one of the original seven; and 2. The authorities heard of this identification and searched for the seven sailors who got swallows to throw them off the right trail. Since then sailors have gotten swallows for every 5,000 nautical miles, one on each side of their chest, when they would retire they would hang a string between the two birds and hang women?s underwear and stuff.
* The traditional tattoo means: A sailor gets a set of swallows on his chest. The story goes if he or she drowns, the swallows come down and lift his soul to the heavens.
* Sailors would get swallows after sailing all seven seas. If they had one, they saved a man's life. It?s a sign of trust, honor, dignity and respect. Nowadays, they mean nothing more than some random tattoo that someone gets that has no meaning behind it.
* I've always heard that the swallows are a mark for sailing around the horns (the bottom of South America and Africa) or for crossing the Equator, both longitude and latitude.
* Okay; the swallow is a tattoo that a sailor gets after traveling 5,000 nautical miles at sea, but the reason behind it is that a swallow is the "first sign that land is near". To a sailor the swallow means a "safe return home". Swallows are known to travel far distances out to sea during migration and would rest on boats close to shore which gave early mariners the first sign that land was indeed close by. The horizon is 12 miles from a boater's standpoint in the ocean (more if higher up) and swallows fly further then 12 miles out. The swallow is also known as a sparrow and was worn by the famous pirate "Jack Sparrows".
* The swallows traditionally mean 5,000 miles for the first and 10,000 miles for the second. When I got mine done, in honor of my grandfather, I was warned by the tattoo artist to be aware that, in terms of jail house tattoos, the bluebirds, swallows or sparrows can also stand for white supremacy or white power.
* I am surprised that no one has commented on the connection that swallow tattoos have to rock and roll or music in general. I have always connected the swallows with a love, respect and appreciation for music. Much like the swallows always returning to San Juan, their home. I've always thought the tattoo represented always being home when you're within the music.
* I've always associated swallow tattoos with loyalty and fidelity - swallows choose a mate for life and will only nest with that bird and no other. Also they carry a message of hope, when sailors saw a swallow they knew that land was near.
* I actually wondered about this myself, and by chance a homeless person in London approached me, wanting to sell "the big issue" (a magazine). He had two swallows tattooed on his neck, so I asked him the meaning, and he said; "It?s kind of rude" and he whispered it to me, because my girl was with me and he was a gentleman. He said it meant "Live long and f**k hard".
* I always thought that two swallows seen paired together symbolized freedom.
* I heard that the swallow/sparrow tattoos are to commemorate a fallen friend or family member. I would assume any persona that the bird has i.e., devil horns, angel halo or even a knife through it would depict the dead person's personality or trait.
* It just means that they were a "Hard Man" back in their day. Everyone that I have ever met with a swallow tattoo has been at least a bit psychotic.
* A swallow tattoo used to be worn by sailors back in the day. When you were out/lost at sea and you saw a swallow you knew you were close to land because these birds are never far from shore. They would follow the birds to safety or to home. I think the idea is that when you had the swallow marked on your body it would always help you find your way home.
* They indicate that you've gone to prison and done your 'bird'.
* From what I've heard and researched, swallows on the back of the hands are supposed to give you faster hands, such as in a fight or at work. These tattoos are much more common in Great Britain. I've never heard of them meaning racism or white supremacy before.
* In Scotland it usually signifies a spell in the infamous Bar-L or Barlinnie prison in Glasgow.
* I grew up in a bad area in Australia and a grandfather of a friend of mine came from England. He was a very hard man and the whole family were very tough and underworld related. I remember being a kid in their house when the grandfather was there and I asked him what his tattoos meant. He looked down on me with a hard face and said in a thick English accent (they moved to Australia in the 70's) "It means I can walk into any pub and put my hands on the bar and if anyone would want to fight, then I would fight them". He was a big guy and I had heard rumors of him tearing people apart. So I guess that they kind of mean courage, strength and loyalty. Oh yeah he was also a "Teddy Boy" in England, but I am not so sure what that is.
* The swallow tattoo in England means "these fists fly". It?s mainly seen on old guys now who used to be good fighters or well know hard men back in the day of the Krays, etc. Now younger people get them because they think they're tough. But the bright new ink used nowadays doesn?t give the same look as the original tattoo.
* I had a few tattoo artists tell me that sailors would get one bird tattooed on themselves after crossing the equator and the other when they came back.
* My Dad has a swallow tattoo on his hand. When asked about it, he said he got it when he was 13 because it was the cheapest in the shop!
* Swallow tattoos on a man's hands and neck originated in British prisons from the term 'jail-bird'. It simply means you have been to prison and served your 'bird'.
* The swallow tattoo on the hand symbolizes that you're a swinger.
not to add something about 'swallowing' to that list*
IT'S A LOVELY BIRD.
about your self in the third person.
would decide they wanted a tattoo in the abstract and then start thinking about designs.
I definitely want that design. I saw it ages ago and have just been working up the courage to a tattoo of it since.
cool! i like the design, for what it's worth.
Or get a facial tattoo.
Something you won't regret like SKINS across your forehead or leopard markings.
i've ever seen. amazing.
i am jealous.
you'll officially have one of The Most Beautiful Tattoos Ever.
I really like it!
clingfilm on yours? everywhere and everyone seems to have a different opinion on it!
the time before last i left the clingfilm on for 24 hrs. the time before that i kept putting fresh stuff on for days and days!
this time, i took the clingfilm off within a few hours and so far it seems fine anyways...
i have big(L)4 bird tattoos.
i just got another the other day too and FUCK did the filling in hurt. i actually started shaking so much that i had to quit and i have to go back to get the rest filled in once it's all healed, dear lord!
is really beautiful.
I'm not a huge fan of tattoos, but for some reason I absolutely love tattoos of birds and animals, and the colours in the one you've chosen are gorgeous.
Wrist would probably CANE LIKE A MUTHAFUCKA though.
well mine didnt.
im planning on getting one on my ribs soon, i can imagine that hurting, a lot
says that it hurt him the most ever on his ribs. i WAS planning on getting a male zebra finch on my ribs, but now..well, now i just dont think i can deal with the pain!
on your forehead. This is the only acceptable tattoo.
At a push, 'Coach Parties Welcome' at the base of your spine would also be worthy.
"I always liked him, but not like that..."
What a cunt.
Gypsy from Popular Workshop has this tatt. Said he shudda been born with it!!
Some people say they hurt most over muscley areas and some say they hurt most over bone.
Mine is on my shoulder blade and IT WAS NOT SORE AT ALL. Seriously, it was slightly tingly and that was it! Everybody else are obviously just big pussies.
you a sure know i am. but with all these tattoos now i look tough, hehe
the pain is related to the amount of nerves and tendons in the area. for example, the arse really hurts, despite people relying on the 'fatty-bits-wont-hurt' theory. Ditto the inside of an upper arm.
a minehead tattooist
It makes me sad that people elect to mutilate their bodies, though Cadd's do look badass, it's true.
I don't think any the less of someone who does. I just don't really like them.
oh just on yourself you don't like them? or do you think they make people look bad?
They can look shit when they fade, or they can age massively quickly in terms of their fashionable aspect.
Sometimes they just ruin a perfectly nice piece of skin.
I wouldn't ever have one; I wouldn't ever try to stop anyone I knew from having one.
that's why a 4 year decision is needed, hehe
before getting it put on you. if you want it for four years you're going to most likely want it for quite a good while. also, i know some people who got tattoos done and didn't speak up during the process if they didn't like the way it was starting to look. my tattooist says i'm funny cause i'm constantly watching what he's doing and he always says "who's giving the tattoo here, me or you?" but it's really important to get it RIGHT if it's going to be on you for life (like my unicorn tattoo on my shoulder, i trusted the wrong person to do that!)
but it's not an entirely unbearable pain. I can't wait to get my new tattoo!
the colours are pritty
I want to get "All Of Your Friends Are Cunts" on me somewhere. Maybe knees.
I'm never exposing my arm to sunlight ever again.
That looks great.
However my parents are going to murder me... :s
you had a one-night stand with someone you met at a party, and now you're pregnant with no idea what the father's name is or how to get in touch with him.
Then when they get REALLY angry, tell them: "Just kidding! However, I have a new tattoo..."
well, kind of. "mum, um... i've got something to tell you..."
"OH GOD ARE YOU PREGNANT"
tattoo didn't seem so bad in comparison.
brilliant. I'm doing this.
they'll get used to it! It's lovely BTW, I've got one on my wrist too - it won't be that bright for long but I think they look good when they've settled in a bit.
how much did it hurt there in the end?
Bepanthan cream on it and it's a good idea to keep it out of the sun anyway, but the only reason it's really bright at the moment is that the excess ink right on the surface hasn't been shed yet. It will still look sharp and bold but not that bright. You can always get it rejuvinated in a couple of years.
the excess ink can stay... or maybe I'll just buy permanent markers and top it up myself.
the ink stays in the sub-layer, all the other layers shed and renew just like the rest of your skin so there's nothing you can do about it. Keep it clean young lady !!
and I'll be sure to keep it clean, I don't fancy a manky arm.
im covered in em. blasted things dont hurt!
i dont want to dissapoint her do i now?
to anyone else, hehe. it's yr choice! :)
on my chest. I hadn't noticed they were there before, and panicked incase i started to not like them.
They were shit, and i'd stolen the design off a tshirt.
Don't do that, me.