So here is the deal. Every since I turned 18 I've wanted a tattoo. But I've always been going to weight until I "lost weight". So while everyone else got a tattoo, I just smiled and said "I'll get eventually". Well I've never had a "little" amount of weight to lose. I've always been fat. I've never been able to lose enough to look "skinny...or even just normal". This is quite typical of how I've been living my life "I'll wait until I lose the weight". Well...I'm now 25 years old.
If/when I lose enough weight to effect a tattoo wouldn't be for at least a few years (I'm 400+ right now). I've had more people then not tell me....I should wait because tattoos are more appealing on more attractive bodies. Well...honestly...isn't everything? I mean, duh...
The tattoo would be on my forearm. I'm kind of flustered about it. It's something I want pretty bad, but should I continue waiting?
im sorry but sme nes weight should mean NOTHING abou them or their confidence
my mum really obese, has a tatto on her lower back, back of her shoulder and one on both breasts (marking me and my brother's births)
she got her shoulder one with her overweight friends
from experience i've found people only draw attention when they worry about it themselves, otherwise people should love and respect you for who you are and want you want to do
forearm is awesome go ahead, if i get ne it'd be on my ankle :)
your COMPETELY right in saying most things look better on thinner people, generally because the public emphisises that skinny people are more appealing, which i have learnt isn't true. i mean, this is the first time in my life im been a NORMAL weight, i've either been under or over. but i have people that have always thought i was beautiful, for who i was, they look at me and see a 'glow' or radiance that expresses ME, and is lovely (in the words of my BF)
get it, then when you loose weight people will appeciate THAT, not your new thinner-looig-tattoo-bearing body
a tatto would motivate you and boost your confidence, i say get it :)
Original Post by nirriti:
I've had more people then not tell me....I should wait because tattoos are more appealing on more attractive bodies.
Tattoo's either appeal to people or repel them- I mean they either like them or they don't. You don't look at a tiny painting and appreciate it more than a full-wall size painting do you? If its done well it shouldn't matter what size you are. I speak from experience- I got my first when I was 245lbs on my bikini line (that was a pleasant experience for the tattooist eh? LOL!). My confidence grew a bit and I went on to get one on each ankle and one breast- I was a bit smaller when I got these done, but their placement means I get to choose who sees then & when, so I can allow reactions or not as the situation dictates (i.e. in a club, or a work meeting?). I'd make doubly sure your placement is right for you- the forearm is a difficult place to conceal a tattoo (for work/family/church occassions?), but if your heart is set on it then go for it?
If you want it, go for it! Some of the most beautiful tattoos I have ever seen have been on people with more girth. I think the tattoo (and the artist) is what makes the tattoo beautiful, not the size of your body. I would recommend, for the sake of preserving the tattoo for any future weight loss that may happen, that you get it in a location where the skin is less likely to stretch/shrink/what-have-you.
Best of luck!
If a tattoo is something that you really and truly want to have, then don't let your body size/shape stop you! You could spend the rest of your life waiting for the perfect time without it's ever appearing. There is no such thing as too tall, too short, too fat, or too thin to get a tattoo - the only thing there is is too young, because it's something you'll have forever and you wouldn't want to change your mind about it later! You've taken years to think about this, so you're sure... so go ahead and do it!
You should wait until you're approximately near you're goal wait. Getting a tattoo done on an area where there'll be noticeable weight loss means that the tattoo will change shape and look a bit funny. So if you want it somewhere prominent I'd say wait a while.
Do it. Don't wait to do things you want/love because of your weight or you'll be waiting a long time! Live in the now, make yourself happy now!
I have both ankles tattooed and then wanted more but by then I had gained a lot of weight. I never cared for the tattoo on the boob look but to each their own and I was too fat to have a tramp stamp or something cute on my hip or belly.. so I had both of my back shoulders done.
Don't let anyone hold you back!
I just got my first tattoo a few weeks ago (photo in my profile!) - and I'm glad I did it. Mine is on my calf, so there won't likely be significant distortion due to weight loss/gain, but that is a valid point - consider the long term effects of weight fluctuation on your artwork. I'd also really think through the location - of course personal expression is very important - but you never know where your career path might lead you - and like it or not, a visible tattoo can diminish your chances of advancement in many fields.
I am always shocked at teh things that people think they have a right to tell you, the stupid oppinions they feel the need to share.
SAYING THAT...... here is something I can say, I wish I had not gotten most of mine, dont get me wrong, I love them and all but I am concidering losing lots of weight, I am also 400+ and have severe arthritis so I am litterally comptemplating eventually getting Weight Loss Surgery and I wonder what will happen to my lovely artwork when I deflate. I remember the main argument my mom had when I was 25 and got all of mine(I turn 40 on sunday the 7th) was "what if you lose weight?" and me thinking yeah right
Trust me I am already scared to death of the consequenses of the weight loss but more scared to be in a wheelchair at 40 for the rest of my life, if you do get a tattoo I would say the fore arm is a good place, if you do lose a lot of weight it wont change much.
You have the right to do as you please just thought I would let you know what I am going through personally so you can keep it mind.
Oh by the way I have 7, one on each shoulder front and back, one on my right upper arm, one on each leg, a calf and ankle one... dragonflies, a goddess, a frog, an ohm, a lotus, a bow and arrow and an ankh.
You've wanted a tattoo for 7 years... Go for it! If it's something you really want and has a significant meaning to you, do it. You're the one who has to live with it.
I got a tattoo on my thigh, even though I don't have modelesque thighs. I got it because it was for ME and no one else. I didn't think most people would see it anyway, though I was wrong about that since I wear shorts at the gym all the time.
I'm personally not a fan of tattoos, but if that's what you want you should get it. I've seen really ugly "thin" people with tattoos and really beautiful "large" women with them. So quit putting it off. What are you going to get?
tattoos are about placement..... for a forearm tatt, i would suggest you wait until you loose the weight.... i had a friend get the cutest little rose tattooed on her belly when we were seniors in high school.... a few years later she had a baby...... and that rose doesnt look like a rose at all... in fact it looks like a mangled birth mark now!!! the stretching and then collapsing of skin will ruin a tattoo and you will find yourself trying to fix it after you have lost the weight...... i suggest you get a tattoo on your foot or ankle, but somewhere that has a lesser fat area and will not be affected by a drastic weight loss.... but dont wait for a tattoo because they "look better on skinny people," if you want it get it, but i suggest you consider the placement heavily!!!
Why not wait a bit? You could spend some time and carefully consider a design and research safe places and good artists to have it done. Maybe you could make it a treat for yourself after you lose your first so many pounds or something like that.
I always thought about getting one too, but could never decide on anything that I wanted to permanently display on my body. Keep in mind too, that if you plan to have an office job, you may want to place the tatoo somewhere it won't show under a suit.
Definitely go for it, but agree on the advice to think about placement. I have two tattoos, one on my right shoulderblade and the other on my left thigh, just under the saddlebag area. I've lost 135 pounds in the meantime, and both of those came through OK. If they'd been on boob or belly, probably wouldn't have worked so well.
Dude, get the tattoo if you want it!! Just keep in mind that it might change when you loose weight. I want one around my wrist. That way, if I gain/ loose weight the tattoo won't be effected that much. About 1/2 wide all the way around, roughly the width of my thumb.
I'm going to wait until I'm done having babies though because I want the tattoo to be my childrens astrological signs, initials and birth dates.
Why wait? What if now is all you have? Your size is not you and it's not your beauty.
Also tattoos are awesome! Good luck!
why wait if you want one? I say go for it, your size does not matter!
none of us even know for sure if we're going to wake up tomorrow
carpe diem - sieze the carp! or the tattoo as the case may be
i am personally not all that fond of tattoos but if i was going to get one, it would be on the under side of my boob where it would never see the light of day, plus that is some nice creamy skin right there... nice palette
I say go for it. Probably one of the best places to get it (I also have it here) is maybe on the back of one of your shoulders. Skin doesn't tend to stretch so bad there.
You should never let your weight hold you back from anything in life. If you want something then I say, "Damn it, screw what anyone else thinks and just do it!"
I should take my own advice though because I'm waiting to reach my goal and as my reward I am hopefully planning on getting my belly button pierced. :/
I say go for it if you've wanted it for that long. I was the same way (got my first at 26 after wanting it for years). If I'd waited until I thought I was at an ideal weight, I never ever would have gotten it, ya know?
The only thing I was really worried about was placement, I was concerned about gaining/losing weight and how that would affect the look of the tattoo over time. Like if I have a baby, and I am always up and down in weight, etc. So for that reason I chose my back.
Go for it!! Or I kind of also like silent's idea of using it as a reward... you could always get the one you really want now, and then get another as your reward for losing weight. Because you will want another one, trust me!! :)