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Self-Expression – Voices

“I’m no artist and I don’t want to be a tattoo artist professionally at all, but I do think it’s really cool to learn how to do things yourself.”
New York, NY
I’ve always wanted tattoos and I wanted one since I was a young teenager. As soon as I turned 18, I got my first tattoo of a lotus. I have six now and I want a lot more.

I guess my love for tattoos was so strong that I decided I wanted to try tattooing for myself. I’m no artist and I don’t want to be a tattoo artist professionally at all, but I do think it’s really cool to learn how to do things yourself.

I got a stick and poke kit a few months back, and I’ve been practicing making little tattoos on myself ever since. I’m not great at it yet and I only tattoo in really hidden spots on my body because they’re pretty rough. I started by practicing on fruits but nothing is the same as practicing on real skin.

The first stick and poke I ever gave myself was a little flying saucer on my upper thigh. It’s pretty faint and it’s already starting to fade, but I think it’s cute.

I have some friends willing to be my guinea pigs, too. I poked a little flower on my boyfriend and a cloud on another friend of mine.

Hopefully, I’ll get better since I just started. It’s not something I’d ever do for money, but it’s something I’d do for myself and for my friends.

It’s a really fun way for me to express myself and learn more about an art form that I really love. Tattoos are already so meaningful since they last forever so to be able to actually do them yourself is pretty awesome.

I’m not too bothered about making little mistakes. I’m also not very uptight about the fact that it’s permanent.

They’re in places where they’re never visible and, in my opinion, it’s not the end of the world if they look a little messy. That’s what happens when you’re learning, you’re going to make mistakes. Plus, I feel like that gives them a little character.

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