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Tell me about your very first tattoo.
I got my first when I was 20, and I'm glad I waited. They're song lyrics to This Fire Burns by Killswitch Engage. It says "Even through the darkest days this fire burns always". I was going through a rough point and that line really resonated with me. It still does.
Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past?
Fortunately, no. Most of mine are covered during the day but the ones that aren't have never been an issue.
What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
I'm lucky to say that I've never been treated differently for having tattoos.
Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
There's an unspoken competition between my mom and I about who has the most. Currently, I'm leading by 1 but plan to make it 2 by year end.
Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
I think my Scrabble tiles are my favorite because it's completely up to interpretation. Some people look at it and only see one thing. And then I have to look at them and say, "or...?" Only recently did I have someone see the double meaning without me saying anything. I should have hugged him.
Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
I do think they should have some personal meaning since they're permanent, although two of mine are "meaningless". The one with the most meaning... It's hard to choose. I got a purple ribbon on my hip after my sister passed away, Simba on my ankle is for my mother (it's her favorite movie), and my lyrics were my first tattoo, which is my life mantra.
Are you planning any more?
I'm always planning more. I have 3 small ones in the works and one large thigh piece that I need to start planning.
In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
Does life hurt?
Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
It may sound ridiculous, but think before you ink. You don't want to have to spend triple the amount I have it removed. Do your homework - if you love Japanese art, find someone who only does that. Always walk away from a pushy artist. And for the love of God, no names!
A huge thank you, Michael, for telling us all about your tattoos! If you'd like to get to know Michael pop on over to www.franklymydearblog.net! I wanna hear about your tattoos too, so make sure to send an email with the subject heading 'INKED & AWESOME' to firstname.lastname@example.org!!