1. I got my first tattoo when I was 55-a red rose in my ear My next one-a firefly-on my upper right arm last year I love them & can’t wait to get another

  2. Charlotte Henderson says:

    i have known Annemarie since BT (before tattoos). Annemarie is SUCH an expressive person and incredibly artistic. So, I must admit I was never surprised to see her tattoos. To hear her explain the meaning of each one and why it was selected is well, just typical Annemarie. I doubt any of them were spur-of-the-moment decisions. As a parent of grown children, I understand the concerns of “will you be hired” ,etc. If there are such “consequences” of Annemarie’s decisions, she must live with them.

    My hope is that she can continue in life as the loving, thoughtful, caring, creative, expressive, artistic soul that she is without hinderance and unmerited judgements. This is the young lady that calls me “Auntie” even though I am not related. There’s lessons to be learned here by all of us whether it’s tattoos, hair color, clothing, lack of expression, lack of creativity or whatever.

    Thanks, Annemarie and Cheri, for elevating our thoughts to be more inclusive rather than exclusive. Thanks for being real.

  3. Hello Annemarie! First, let me say you are a brave and beautiful girl. I know your mom appreciates your understanding and patience while she works through this. My question is this. What are you going to do with your Fine Arts degree? My daughter, who also has a couple of tattoos, is a college freshman and has talked of changing her major to Fine Arts, but doesn’t know what she would do with it. She is very creative and talented (no, I’m not biased!), and sees her tattoos as art as well. I m concerned that she’s trying to pursue a romanticized lifestyle that will only frustrate her (and her parents!). I know things have changed drastically since I was in school, and would appreciate any input. As I said, she has a couple of tattoos and would like to get more, but is waiting because she’s concerned (rightly, I think) about future employers reactions. Her father and I want to support her, but also guide her in a way that will be to her benefit. It’s hard to let go of MY romanticized dreams for her life and let her make decisions I don’t necessarily agree with.. Thank you and many blessings on you and your family.

  4. Your comment that the tattoos are NOT about the parent gave me pause. On one hand – I get that. Kids grow up and make their own choices, and those choices are not necessarily because of the parents. On the other hand, it is very difficult to not take things like tattoos and snake bites, etc. as a rejection of the parents’ values. I’m struggling with this right now, and I have done a lot of soul-searching. My son is definitely planning to get some tattoos – he is 18 and legally can, but is waiting to make sure that he gets things he can live with longterm. I’ve talked a lot with him about reasons to wait, etc. my concerns and all, and am grateful that he decided to wait and not just jump into getting one. He is also planning to get snakebites immediately after HS graduation. That is really hard for me, and I don’t want to just freak out but they really are a turn-off, as though they are “in your face” to people, but he just thinks they look “cool” and fit in with his music. UGH. Can I see that they are not about his Dad or I? Yes. And, my son assures me that he can take them out and you barely see the tiny hole they leave. But still…..

    I think perhaps a big part of this for me is that …. yes, this is probably a stereotype but usually stereotypes develop for a reason, KWIM?…. young people who get tattoos and piercings are often involved in alcohol, perhaps drugs, not taking education seriously, just want to party for the most part, sexually active, can be rather mean and self-centered, etc. Now, my son is so very sweet to me, and he is caring. But I would have to be honest and say that school is not at all a priority for him, he does drink but honestly I don’t believe is into drugs, and loves to get together with friends to party. His lifestyle is very different from any thing I had ever envisioned for him. Often, I feel like accepting him means that I by default must accept his values and choices. Yes, I KNOW that isn’t technically true, but it can be difficult to separate the two, the person and their values/choices. Like I said, I’m working through a lot of feelings about all of this, and probably am not expressing myself as clearly as I would like. To strongly reject choices made by a person can come across as rejecting them – and I don’t want to ever reject my son. But do I wish his choices were different? YES!!!!!! Weekends spent more focused on parties than school are not going to help him in the long run.

  5. Hi Annemarie! Good to hear your views in this conversation about tattoos. My questions to you are:
    1. I hear from everyone your age (including my own son) that tattoos are meaningful to them as art. But what is the allure of imprinting art on your body? Can’t you wear it or put it on your walls? I truly don’t understand the need to permanently mark your skin in the name of art. My opinion of art — and what I want on my walls or want to wear — has changed over the years. It’s easy enough to to swap out what’s on the walls or in my closet!

    2. Was your decision to get tattoos truly without any emotional component? Did it not have even a tinge of rebellion, or act as a visible declaration that you’re an adult and can do what you want? I’d love to hear what your thought process was. Did you wake up one morning and say, “Hey, it’s a great day for a tattoo.” Or, given that you were raised in a conservative Christian home, did you have to overcome any internal hesitation of your own (regardless of how you thought your parents might feel)?

  6. designerdiana says:

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your thoughts on tattoos. I have a Celtic crescent moon on my lower hip/bottom, because my name, Diana, comes from the goddess of the moon. I got the tattoo when I was in my early 30s and in great shape. Now I’m a middle-aged woman, and I’ve gained a fair amount of weight in the 25 years since I got the tattoo. The image got stretched and distorted because of this, and now it seems rather ridiculous to have the tattoo at my age. The tattoos that are visible in your photos look great on you now, when you’re young and in good shape. So, my question to you is, how do you think you will feel about your tattoos, and how do you think they will look on you, when you’re 55 years old, or 85 years old? Also, what do you think that prospective employers will think of them? Do you think that you might miss out on employment opportunities, when a job is given to someone who is not so decorated? That’s why I got mine in a spot that isn’t visible in a job interview, LOL. Thank you for your thoughts, and best wishes in your journey of life.

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