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Has travelling inspired any tattoos?

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1. Posted by danielle21 (Budding Member 64 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


So i have always wanted to get a tattoo but never got round to it. On my year long trip there were many oppportunities to get tattoos but i always wimped out!! also funds were pretty low. My other major problem is im not sure on what i want i want some thing relating my travels and i have seen some cool map designs.

Have any trips you have been on inspired you to get a tatoo and if so what did you get and where?


2. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Danielle,

Since i have been travelling i have accumulated 4 tattoos including a 3/4 arm sleeve!! You might like to say i went a little off the rails!! haha
First one i got done was in San Fran, where i originally wanted to get a previous one touched up as it had faded over the years. It was a Japanese rising sun, and when i showed the guy in the tattoo parlour it, he wouldn't touch it claiming......"Those 'Japs' killed my grandparents and i wouldn't show it off around here if i was you, as the Chinese gangs will have something to say".....needless to say i changed the subject and opted for a new one on my wrist....

Next stop was LA - Hollywood Bvld. Not sure if you have been, but every other shop down there is a tattoo parlour and I found it hard to resit not going in for 'a look'. 3 hours later, i walk out the shop at 1am with my sun touched up and a new edition to my arm....

For the following 2 months i decided to give my body a rest but later moved to Manly in Sydney (where i am still currently). 5 mins around the corner is a tattoo parlour, and i'm sure people have told you that tattoos are addictive, well they are! And i soon developed a habit which was encouraged by me choosing to get my sun incorporated into a 3/4 arm sleeve.

And for 2 hours every week (over 4 weeks) my arm soon developed into a pretty cool 3/4 sleeve with a dragon added to my back......

I don't think it was the travelling that inspired me to get it done, more the mood at the time and whether i had some disposable cash to part with. As i said before they are very addictive, and when you find a tattooist who is really good, it is hard not to keep popping in every couple of weeks!

When my mom see's my travel pictures every week she is no longer surprised to see new additions to my body...


3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

My country's flag and blood type on my right shoulder.


4. Posted by ontheedge (Full Member 90 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


I got my australia passport stamp on my back and it looks great, it always reminds me of goodtimes when i feel abit low!

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

That's a cool idea. I like that one.


6. Posted by ofthesea (Full Member 46 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

On my third last day in Ireland, after having worked there for 7.5 months and then spent 2 months travelling Europe, I got a triskele tattooed on my left shoulderblade! (It's a celtic symbol). I had wanted to get a tattoo to commemorate how much fun I had on my first big adventure. Also, because the trip was practically over, I knew there was no possible way for me to screw it up, so my tattoo would always have positive connotations. :P It was my first and (so far) only tattoo, but I plan on getting more. :P

I think tattoos to commemorate turning points in your life, or adventures you've had, are excellent, nearly-indestructible (or at least as indestructible as you are) souvenirs. Just make sure the event is over so that you can't accidentally ruin it. :P

7. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

For as long as I can remember I always wanted a tattoo but could not decide where or what. Following the current trend of lower back (the only place I can think of on the female anatomy that does not wrinkle or droop with age) I was one step closer. Then, whilst volunteering in SA a couple of years ago I met a guy from Barcelona who happened to be an illustrator. He drew me a really cool design of a pair of ring tailed lemurs, my favourite animals. I carried this picture with me for months, unable to pluck up the courage. Then one day I decided to visit this guy in Barcelona and low and behold there was a tattoo studio a few doors from where he lived. Where better to finally get it done, in the home town of the designer. I now proudly show off my tattoo, a permenant reminder of my travels in Madagascar and Africa and of course, my good friend in Barcelona whose books by the way, are becoming increasingly popular so who knows, one day my back may be worth a fortune!!! ;)

8. Posted by Falukozi (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

About two years ago I did a volunteer project in Costa Rica and the country really touched my heart. I loved it there and want to go back. this was my first big trip on my own and I wanted something special to commemorate it. so I got the words Pura Vida tattooed on my left wrist. they mean pure life in Spanish and this is a popular saying in costa rica.

9. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I have just had a tattoo done in the Philippines of a big Tokay (or commonly called To Ko as that is the very load sound it makes) gekko climbing over my shoulder next to a fertility sign that a lot of the native warriors would have tattooed on their chests in the Philippines. It is done in the native style by my Filipino friend who is a great tattoo artist. My wife is Filipina and I have a house there now so I spend a lot of time there and the tattoo is very Filipino and I love it.

10. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I detest tattoos, I think they're hideous, especially on women.

But if you are going to get one, make sure you've had a Hepatitus B jab first, because contaminated needles are one of the primary sources of catching the disease.