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Tattoos - Happy's Obsession
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Tattoos
Lately, I've been pondering getting a tattoo. I've wanted one for years, but am a bit of a wimp when it comes to pain, so I've avoided it. And now I have a condition that can sometimes affect the skin, causing lumps (granulomas) to form where ink is injected (rarely, but can happen). Although the condition seems to almost have run it's course, so that's probably not a significant factor...

And I've been thinking about what I'd want. Long ago, I wanted to do the "copy your favorite star" thing and get Gale's "RESIST" tattoo. But I realized that it would be cheezy to get it just because he had it, and what would I be resisting, anyway? Thought about other words that might work (similar feeling, strong meaning, and not too long), and nothing else sounded right (DEFY, ENDURE, PERSEVERE, WITHSTAND, BRAVE). And the SO definitely doesn't want me to get anything, even though I've been wanting one for years.

But it's been several years now, and I've kind of come back around to it. And why? Well, for a number of reasons. First, there are quite a few things I need to try to avoid doing, and would like a reminder to stop me from doing thats right out there in plain sight. Like, resist eating that fattening thing, resist escalating arguments at home, resist my impulse to isolate myself in my own little world of TV and ignoring those in RL who need my love and attention, resist that extra drink at night, resist buying that extra pair of shoes/more MAC makeup/more clothes that I don't really need.

And between the fingers is less noticeable than other places, but still very noticeable to me. Although I always felt hand/neck/face tattoos weren't the smartest thing to do... though I'd probably get it on my left hand, since I write a lot at work, am right handed, and that's the hand you hold out to greet people...

Any thoughts?
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bliss_ From: bliss_ Date: December 24th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's a pretty great idea actually. I mean, you wouldn't be getting it because Gale has it (especially because at this point, he's like an old lover, or something like that, I mean you look back at the QAF days fondly, but you're not madly obsessed with him anymore), it would be more like you're taking an idea from someone that you feel really applies to you.

Of course, you could always just make yourself a "resist" bracelet and wear it all the time too. :)
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: December 24th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course, you could always just make yourself a "resist" bracelet and wear it all the time too.

You're right, and the bracelet is fully removable... and that might be the problem. I want a more permanent reminder... I think.

Oh, did you get your package yet? Or did the US Postal Service lie to me about delivery times?
bliss_ From: bliss_ Date: December 24th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think they may have lied to you, but there's still a few more hours of delivery time. No worries though, I have the one gift that came with the jacket. :)
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: December 24th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

*crosses fingers*

I hope it gets there in time, but if not, then it's a Boxing Day present! (or do I have my holidays confused?)

I'm gonna be upset if they (Customs) unwrapped them, because I used a pretty blue/white/silver theme, and I'll be pissed if they ruined the bows!
highd From: highd Date: December 24th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think this might be why Gale doesn't really talk about why he got that tattoo in the first place :) I mean its personal to him. I know that there are a few people in the fandom that have copied his, with their own word or the same tattoo, but really its kinda silly because you don't have your own story behind it.

Tattoos should be unique. You are thinking about something that will be with you forever. It will be in the grave with you. So you want something that really means something to you other then something a tv star had in 2000.

I am getting a tattoo for my 33 birthday. Scott, my husband is drawing it for me. He told me once that when he thinks about me and what goes on in my mind he imagines a sleepover with 5 or so 8 year olds dressing up and wearing their mom's high heels and over sized rain boots beating pots and pans and having a great time. So he is drawing one of those little girls for me. She is going to be a little girl with a raincoat on and over sized rain boots carrying a sword. To me that is me, I will always be that little girl playing pretend and having a great time. Even when I am 70 I will be young, happy and beating pots and pans in my own personal parade.

So please try and think about something that means a great deal to you. Think about who you are, and what you are about. Think about your past and your life experiences and then decide. I am sure having a tattoo that you love and tells a personal story will be better, and you might like it more.

Edited at 2007-12-24 10:38 pm (UTC)
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: December 25th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
While the fact that Gale had it sparked my interest long ago, I knew it would be silly just to copy it. So I tried to think of something else, but didn't come up with anything. But I've had a tough couple of years, made it through two diseases (mostly through the last one now), and am thinking of getting something to mark this time in my life.

I try to RESIST seeing only the negative, RESISTed giving into despair about my health issues, RESISTed my inclination to overeat and become fat (indeed, lost 70 pounds so far this year), and I have quite a few other things I'd like a reminder to RESIST. Which is why I would consider getting it now.

NOT just because Gale has it, but because I can't think of one word that has sufficient connotations to better it.
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