It seems like everyone and their mother has at least one tattoo, whether they like it or not. More people under the age of 25 are getting tattoos and I found a few of them that like to show them off to the world.
Sean McClellan ‘s one of a kind tattoo that took 3 hours to draw and 10 hours to do, courtesy of his Facebook page.
Growing up in my household, tattoos were forbidden until you turned 30 (when my mom got her first tattoo). In Dana Jeffries household, it wasn’t strange to get your first tattoo before you turned 16.
Dana Jeffries is a 29-year-old mom with eight tattoos and counting. She lives in Gloucester City, NJ and loves going to events like Comic Con in New York and going out with friends on the weekends. In between events, I was able to catch up with her about her artwork and what her permanent ink means to her.
Q: Describe your tattoo(s) and what they mean to you.
A: Tattoos are a reminder of different points in my life. The tattoo itself generally is not as meaningful as the memories that they bring back when I look at them.
- My first tattoo is a dove carrying a rose and my dad took me to get it for my 15th birthday. It reminds me of him, and how silly I was at that age.
- My second tattoo is a vine with roses on it and a butterfly at the top that reminds me of the friends I had when I was 18 years old.
- My third tattoo is a gecko that reminds me of my first marriage and my fourth tattoo is a black rose with a rosary around it. It reminds me of a lot of things that happened in my early 20s that I don’t ever want to forget.
- My fifth is a dragon that is placed on my arm to chase the gecko because the gecko was lonely.
- My sixth tattoo is an R.I.P for my dad that has a treble clef and drumsticks because my dad was a drummer.
- My seventh one is a sun with an eye in the middle. I’m not gonna lie, that one doesn’t have much meaning to me because that day I just felt like getting a tattoo, but it makes me smile though.
- My last tattoo says, “Live Humbly”. My soon-to-be ex-husband, brother, sister-in-law, and I all got the same tattoo on my wedding day. I’m going to get it covered up some time soon, because that it not a memory that I want to keep and the font is crappy so it looks like it says, “Live Hombre.”
Q: Where did you get your tattoo(s) at on your body and why did you decide to put it there?
- Tattoo number one is on my right ankle. I wanted to get it on my left ankle, but I got a cut on my ankle the day before I was going to get the tattoo. My dad would only let me get a tattoo on my ankle because it can be easily hidden.
- My second tattoo is on my stomach, to the left of my belly button because at the time, I had an awesome stomach. I don’t anymore, but that’s okay.
- My third, fifth, sixth, and seventh tattoos are on my left arm. It was a spontaneous decision to put the gecko there, and the others are there to keep him company.
- My fourth tattoo is on the upper right side of my back that I can only see with a mirror, but I like knowing it’s there.
- My eighth tattoo is on my right arm because there wasn’t enough room on my left arm for it, so I had to branch out a little.
Q: What place did you get your tattoos at and who them?
A: I’ve gotten three tattoos at the Ink Castle in Bellmawr, NJ one at some random place in Watertown, NY, one at Sick Creations in West Deptford, NJ, two at some random place on South St, and one at some random place in Las Vegas. I do a lot of research before getting tattooed.
Q: How long did your tattoos take to complete and how painful were they?
A: I don’t remember how long any of my tattoos took. Not super long, none of them are very big. The tattoos on my arms and ankle didn’t hurt much at all. Maybe a 3. My back tattoo hurt quite a bit. Maybe a 7. The one on my stomach was the worst. Probably a 9. I would not recommend stomach tattoos. The price range of each one was maybe $50-$250?
Q: Do you plan on getting more and do you have any ideas of what they might be?
A: I’ll probably get another one with my daughter’s name eventually, and I’m going to get the Live Humbly one covered up and made into another tattoo. I don’t know what I’m going to do for my daughter yet but it will probably be on my left ankle. I don’t know how I’m going to cover up the tattoo on my right arm, I’ll have to talk with an artist about it. I want to come up with a funny way to do it.
Q: How do people react to your tattoo(s)?
A: Sometimes people that I meet in the winter are shocked to see me with exposed tattoos in the summer. I’m told a lot that I don’t seem like the type of person that would have tattoos, whatever that means…
Q: When did you get your tattoo and has your opinion changed on how you like it or not?
I got my first tattoo when I was 14, about a week before my 15th birthday. I still like that one a lot.
Q: What is your advice for other people who want or are thinking about getting tattoos?
Covering up arm tattoos in the summer sucks.
When someone thinks of a typical “Mom” tattoo, they usually think of the word with a design around it and put somewhere obvious like on the arm or a leg. But not 19-year-old Corinne Bat Watson of Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Massage therapy student Corrine decided to get her first tattoo dedicated to her mom not only at a young age but in a different style than most people are used to seeing. I caught up with her this week to talk to her about her one of a kind tattoo.
Q: Describe your tattoo and where is it on your body?
A: My first tattoo is a rose with a banner that says, “My best friend/my hero/my mother/I love you” and I got it for my mom (obviously). I decided to get it done on my back so I could show it off if I wanted to but still be able to be professional when I need to be.
Q: What place did you get the tattoo done at and how long did it take to do?
A: The rose was done by Tony Nos at RC in Folsom, Pennsylvania on March 21, 2011. The banner was done at Indelible Ink Tattoo in Wilmington, Delaware on March 13, 2012 and altogether it was $230. I was supposed to get it done at the same place but I didn’t have money at the time and the artist went to a different shop, so the second part was done by a different artist named Jamie. It took about four hours to do all together and from a scale of 1-10 my tattoo hurt about a 7 around my ribs and lower back.
Q: Do you plan on getting more tattoos and how do people react to the one you have now?
A: I have a lot of ideas for other tattoos but I don’t plan on getting any more for a while. Tattoos are a lot of money and I need to
save up for them. If I decide to get more, they will probably all be done on my back or somewhere else concealable to not be passed up for future job opportunities. People usually love my tattoo when they see it and they think it’s really sweet but they usually think it’s too big.
Q: Do you have any advice for people that are thinking about getting work done?
A: I encourage people to get tattoos whole heartedly but if you can’t stand the pain of a getting one done, I suggest that you rethink the sizing of your tattoo and where on your body you want to get it done.