It is a deeply held dream of mine to one day get a tattoo of a large butterfly on my lower back, which, when you look closely, will have a teenage girl on its lower back. Alternatively, the Chinese symbol for “sorry, I don’t speak Chinese.” I won’t. Mostly, because I’m scared of needles, but also because I’m scared of somehow becoming addicted and ending up looking like Michelle “Bombshell” McGee. Fortunately, Suicide Girls’ lovely Clio is able to offer advice on how to get tattoos, and still look human.
Where did Michelle Bombshell McGee go wrong?
I don’t really think there is a right or wrong when it comes to tattoos as they’re personal for everyone, but damn girl, the forehead tattoo was not a good move.
Why would anyone want to get their neck tattooed?
Traditionally the hands and neck are the last body parts to get tattooed, and many artists won’t do these if you aren’t already heavily tattooed, however they are getting more common. Neck tattoos can be very beautiful, but I strongly suggest working with an artist who knows what he/she is doing and consider that your family might disown you.
Are there certain parts of the body that you’d advise people to avoid tattooing?
Visible areas like hands, neck and face you might want to steer clear of if you have an office job, but it all comes down to what you think is beautiful on your body, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
What parts of the body hurt the most?
It’s different for everyone, but boney areas such as elbows, ribs and collar bones tend to hurt more than fleshy areas of the body. Pain shouldn’t be a deciding factor in choosing where you want to get tattooed though, it’s only temporary!
Do you prefer color tattoos or black and white ones? What are the plusses and negatives on each?
I love both colored and black and gray tattoos, but I recommend being consistent with one style you like (whether it’s old school, Japanese, or whatever you prefer). Fine black or gray lines fade faster than others and certain color pigments can cause allergic reactions in some people, but I don’t think one is better than the other.
What are the most common tattoos that you see, so I can avoid them if I want to be original?
Stars, cherries, the name of your baby daddy and brass knuckles are all seriously overdone in my opinion. If you want something original, talk to your tattoo artist about what you have in mind and have him/her draw you a custom design.
Bombshell McGee has a swastika on her crotch. Why, for the love of God, why? Do you think it’s ever a good idea to get your political affiliations on your body? Somehow it seems slightly less offensive if it were, say, Obama’s face.
That is very unfortunate. I generally don’t have anything against political tattoos if it’s something you feel strongly about, do what you wanna do, but don’t act surprised when you get beat up over your sweet new Totenkopf tattoo.