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#1 WinglessFaery

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:05 PM

Hi everyone.

I'm a bit of a tattoo enthusiast and though I don't currently have the money for one, I'm always planning ahead to the next one that I want. Not sure if I will do this or not but I wondered if any of you have/have thought about getting one to represent your struggles with MI. If so, what are some of your ideas?
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:09 PM

I have "The Devil and God are raging inside of me" covering scars on my left forearm.


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#3 Breebree93

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:42 PM

Peace and love

 

I felt the need to get it because of the fact that there are too many fucked up things in life, so I wanted something pretty on my body to remind it doesn't have to be all bad. 

 

(I have a lot of scars, you can see pick marks on my legs...etc. Forgive that please.) It was something to counterbalance the bad. 

 

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You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then the one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking

And racing around to come up behind you again
~Pink Floyd


#4 WinglessFaery

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 04:04 PM

Cool guys. I had meant too ask about opinions on tattoos too cover scars too.
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#5 Phoenix_Rising

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 04:16 PM

I plan on getting a phoenix b/c they represent always rising after the fall.


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Posted 16 March 2013 - 04:26 PM

when i got released from the ed clinic, i literally walked straight down the street and got my hip pierced. it was kind of a congratulatory thing.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:57 PM

On the 11th anniversary of my abduction I got a tattoo of a Buddhist knot of eternity. It's in the mid upper back, so I don't see it much, but I know it's always there, protecting me in a way. Or 'backing me up,' as my tdoc said.

From what I've learned from various tattoo artists, it's generally not a good idea to tattoo over scarred skin. It reacts differently to ink and cause more scarring, or spreading of the ink.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:00 PM

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:26 PM

On the 11th anniversary of my abduction I got a tattoo of a Buddhist knot of eternity. It's in the mid upper back, so I don't see it much, but I know it's always there, protecting me in a way. Or 'backing me up,' as my tdoc said.

From what I've learned from various tattoo artists, it's generally not a good idea to tattoo over scarred skin. It reacts differently to ink and cause more scarring, or spreading of the ink.

 

 

I really like the knot of eternity tattoo, especially that you don't see it but know it's there..

 

One tattoo artist I spoke with said that for him he didn't have much more trouble tattooing over scars, in terms of ink spreading etc...he said that stretch marks were harder to tattoo over. I think it would also depend on the scar itself and whether it's fully healed etc...I recently read an article about someone who got a tattoo over a scar on his chest from open heart surgery and he said that getting tattooed over scar tissue was much more painful compared to other tattoos he had gotten previously.

 

Peace and love

 

I felt the need to get it because of the fact that there are too many fucked up things in life, so I wanted something pretty on my body to remind it doesn't have to be all bad. 

 

(I have a lot of scars, you can see pick marks on my legs...etc. Forgive that please.) It was something to counterbalance the bad. 

 

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forgive my hairy foot....

 Bree, I really love your tattoo, it is pretty and I like the thinking behind it, you have a lot of insight for someone your age


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#10 WinglessFaery

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:39 PM

Thèse are all great! I have thought about getting a pheonix myself and TOT I plan on getting the little red righteous babe from the righteous babe record logo. Its so cool that you got a moth i love that album!
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#11 jarn

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:40 PM

I have a bipolar tattoo - it is ankle to over my hip on the outside of my leg.  It's a non-representational vine with one centering piece and two dual elements around it.


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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:45 PM

I got "Hold on Hope" from the song and to remind me to be strong. 

 

I also have a tattoo on my ankle. It really needs touching up so I won't post a picture. But on the outside it has an ankh with thorns wrapping around it. This is to represent the struggle with life. The thorns wrap around my ankle and surround ash leaves that symbolize strength and wisdom. These leaves surround the Celtic tree of life (this part of the tattoo really needs fixing because it is just a mess. I'm thinking of converting it to a eclipse). Crowning the tree of life is a pair of acorns that symbolize protection. The tattoo means a lot to me, I want to get it fixed up so I can be proud of, too.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:07 PM

I'm writing an album right now and most of the subject matter is about what it's like to be bipolar. As soon as I've finished producing it, I'd like to have the cover art or some of the song lyrics tattooed on my body in a kind of two-for-one congratulatory memorial, like: "Hey, you're bipolar and you've accomplished this great thing!" 

I've also considered getting something tattooed on my thighs, which is where I used to cut. In addition to being a testament-to-survival thing, I think it would also make relapse much harder for me, at least on that area of my body. I love tattoos and think they're beautiful; I wouldn't want to ruin any lovely artwork.


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#14 Rowlena

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:12 PM

I have http://pinterest.com...72324710970984/ I got it for many reasons but the story behind it is that my freind S and I got into Awkward Ballon, http://www.urbandict...Awkward Balloon during Spring 2012. She was the one who took me to the ER and bought me awkward red ballons during IP (inaddion to other stuff). So I decided to turn the ballon into a sign for hope, and to remember to let things go.

 

 

I also have the one below, in Turkish it means 'dont panic'. The story behind this one is that I wanted more theny anything to go to Turkey with school, in May. But I was having great problems with one of the deans of my school, who had the power to prevent me from going. I was able to go with several pepple going to bat for me. But I spent the trip alternating between 'BEST DAY EVER" and "WHAT HAVE I DONE"(think Rapunzle from Tangled when she leaves the tower). I started to calm down with the help of a PRN. But a few days before we where leaving, we took the tram in Istanbul. My freind Kim almost triped on to the tracks, but caught herself. A Turkish dude said "Panik Yuklu! Panik Yuklu" or as our teacher told us dont panic. Its on my wrist and serves as a way for me to rember how important that trip was and how important it is to not panic.

 

You can read my theological/emotinal/personal relfections on my tatts at http://itinerant-cam...anik-yuklu.html

 

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#15 Breebree93

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:25 PM

Technically it is covering scars...when I did drugs I used to pick at my feet. 


You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then the one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking

And racing around to come up behind you again
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:44 PM

I have a teal survivor ribbon (for childhood sexual abuse) on my arm, and the "OM" symbol on my wrist. I would find something that you like and you don't mind explaining... although you don't have to explain anything you do not wish to share. I just get asked all the time if it's a breast cancer ribbon, and I tell them what it is... Good luck!! :D


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#17 WinglessFaery

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:56 PM

Thanks for the responses i so wish i could get one now!
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#18 WinterRosie

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:09 PM

I want a dragonfly as my "MI" tattoo. Idk why. They just seem related to me.

I have a sea monster (taken from Where the Wild Things Are) to remind me to be calm and that it will be okay.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:16 PM

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:44 PM

I have a phrase tattooed on my left wrist (too paranoid of being identified in real life to say what it is right now) and that always kept me from cutting on it. I would love to get the big scar on my right wrist tattooed over with something meaningful, but I don't know, would tattoos on both wrists be too much?


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