Name: Nora Spaulding
you can view all my tattoos/meanings under tattoos at the top of my blog
Tell me about your very first tattoo.
My first tattoo I got after a bad breakup (isn't that how most of them happen?!) and I decided I wanted to permanently remember that I am an independent woman first and foremost. I can always be okay without the help of a man or needing someone to be there 24/7. It was loosely based on a design I had found online. A ribbon style butterfly. It didn't hurt much for being a small tattoo and I put it on my right back hip. I often forget it there but I'll always remember what it stands for.
Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past?
They haven't affected me yet. I have only had a few part time jobs here and there. I stay at home as a housewife so I don't need to worry about it much. But if I was ever in corporate America, it is something I would always have in mind to discuss with my employer. I know everyone handles it differently.
What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
I have only ran into judgement with family mostly. But after the shock value wears off and I explain what they mean to me and how much I love each piece- then I just ignore any further comments I may get. My in laws and husbands' family seems to have the most issues (mostly because of jobs etc).
Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
A lot of my friends are into tattoos and other forms of body modification. My sisters have a few tattoos and a few piercings, nothing too crazy. I don't care for much body mods such as piercing, gauges or sub dermal... eh, not my thing.
Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
It's a lotus. My tattoo artist I go to regularly now did it and I love her original designs. It is bright and drawn beautifully, I love that it adds so much liveliness to my body art. It just makes me happy seeing it all the time. It's on the top of my right forearm and I just, GAH, love it!
Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
I do think all if not most should have some sort of meaning. Granted not all mine are deep, and thought out, my lotus was just a beautiful piece. I LOVE my lotus and my "beautiful" and "be still" the most because they are all the newest. But you should LOVE every permanent piece on your body.
Are you planning anymore?
Yes, I would love more but I don't have any planned. I have a couple fix it's I'd like to start and perhaps different coverups. Not that I didn't like them but they faded and melded together so now a fixing session is in order. (another tip to find a QUALITY artist, not just the first person you come across, and never do at home tattoos, it's scary and can be dirty and dangerous).
In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
Yes, they are supposed to hurt but it feels like a giant cat scratch, someone once explained it to me that way and it's semi true. It feels like a needle yeah, but not like a shot or getting your blood drawn. I'm a classic, "I hate needles but I love getting tattoos" kind of person. It's ironic. Just a different kind of pain,a temporary pain.
Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
I would only say that if you are going to get a tattoo, first wait until your at least 18, be of age so you don't make any stupid hasty decisions.Second, I would say try it on, make a temporary tattoo or a henna before you get it OR apply the rule of thirty days and at the very least *be certain* that you A) will love it for life and B) no names unless they are of children... I'm married and would not see getting divorced but I will NOT ever put husbands' name on me, EVER. I will accept dates, because I have our wedding date but even if we ended up not together, I would still keep it as a happy time memory. :)
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