A tattoo – YES or NO!

C’mon girls…help me decide….I want this tattoo, or a very similar one! but I feel that I might regret it afterwards…(this is a piccy of my hand with a transfer) but for an age I have wanted a tattoo like it! so I need you to help me decide…and if you have a tattoo – tell me ‘please’ where and when…have you got a sleeve (I love them!) or a tattoo on your hand?

50's style granny

Perhaps you could recommend a good tattooist for me and others that read this! Oh I am in such a quandry…please help…you can even send me piccy’s of you’re tattoos, if you like :), to my email found on my profile page…I’d like that 🙂

Bye for now and thanks for your help 🙂

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.



  1. dlw
    24th March 2012 / 5:00 am

    i waited until i was 47 to get a tattoo on my foot. it's a dragonfly, and i love it! i waited because when i was younger i was concerned about "ruining my body" (the words mostly of other people). eventually, i just thought, "what the hell am i saving myself for?" so, i accepted what i really want and i just went for it! i'm planning to get some more going on up the leg with a dragonfly / butterfly theme, i'll see how far i'll go with it, and to hell with the naysayers! you do what you want to do!

  2. Anonymous
    24th February 2011 / 1:38 am

    NO,NO,NO!!! I love jewelry too much and having a big old blue mark on my hand would detract from the lovely silver rings I love to wear…and can change whenever my mood changes, which is something you cannot do with a permanent mark on your skin! I vote no.

  3. Anonymous
    21st March 2009 / 8:38 pm

    I am a tattoo artist and have nearly a whole sleeve among others. I work days as a public school art teacher in Canada where our tattoos are seen a little more liberaly I think. (I have several on my wrists and one on my hand.) I just wanted to let you know that the design you have chosen on your hand will not hold up well. It is pretty, but our hands endure a great deal of stress and tattoos there are liable to fade quickly as well as bleed a bit under the skin. I would decide on something far simpler, or expect that in about 10 years you may be looking at a bluish black series of lines and blobs around your finger. Not to say don’t do it, many people do get hand tattooes, but understand that they do not stay crisp and black for long. I also wanted to say that your blog is absolutely delightful!

  4. Lavender hearts
    9th March 2009 / 8:36 pm

    oooh, I saw Fern Cotton’s absolutely stunning tattoo (like the one pictured) on her foot in a mag. I even thought about having it! 🙂

  5. masonspaige
    9th March 2009 / 5:29 am

    I don’t have a tatoo… but I think some of them are beautiful. I think because trying to find something I would want to look at for the rest of my life is not easy and the fact that the ink continues to spread over time and so that once beautiful thing becomes a blur… just a thought… 🙂

  6. ^..^Corgidogmama
    6th March 2009 / 12:50 am

    I love your rings…if you get the tat then you’re rings won’t show off so well….just a thought.

  7. prettyshabby
    4th March 2009 / 6:33 pm

    Hi Happs, I missed this post earlier, I have an orange tiger lily on my the back of my shoulder, it’s somewhere I can hide it when I’m older and wrinklier, I loved it when i was younger but hated it after our last holiday twelve years ago where you could pick out every Brit abroad by their tattoos and larger lout behaviour, it really put me off it so now I keep it well hidden, Pete on the other hand loves them, he has four playing cards and a 50s pin-up gal on his arm but is saving up for more, he would like a sleeve..all in a vintage 50s style. Loads of our friends have them and I think they are really beautiful..especially the rockabilly-goth-burlesque style tats.That one you like on your hand would also look gorgeous on your foot y’know.x

  8. Taz
    3rd March 2009 / 3:41 pm

    I think the fact that our Mums say things like that makes us not say them to our girls ;)Congrats on deciding to go for it I wish I had the bank balance to nip over to get one done by Chris Garver in Miami.

  9. Happy @/*-*@
    3rd March 2009 / 2:11 am

    Thanks everyone… I am so full of it :)…and i even told my mum about it, you know how excited I am and everything…I thought it would be nice to have one together…you know for a bonding type of thing…but Na, I got the same answer as Taz, she thinks they are appauling!! why oh why do mothers make you feel terrible about something that you are excited about…just in one sentence…I am not like that with Rosie…Infact quite the opposite! Never mind onwards and upwards He he!I still do not know what to have done…In my wildest dreams and with the help of a large bank balance (which i havn’t got!)- I would like to have Kat Von D, do it in LA….now theres an artist!But for now i am still deciding – but thanks everyone for your comments – I really do appreciate all your advice xxLove Happy xx

  10. Régine
    2nd March 2009 / 7:07 pm

    Go for it. You might want to decide on a different spot because of the fading. I had mine done in Camden town. Very professional and didn’t hurt all that much.

  11. Taz
    2nd March 2009 / 4:40 pm

    I have 6 tattoos and more in the planning stages. I love the design for your hand tatt, I would talk to an artist about the tatt fading as I seem to remember someone once telling me hand one’s fade fast. My mother doesn’t like tattoos and has mentioned to me once ot twice ‘what will they look like when you’re old?’ I tell her they’ll still look great and I’m not not living my life now because of what I’ll look like when I’m 60. I’ll still love them then. 🙂

  12. Kinderfalls Primitives
    2nd March 2009 / 9:16 am

    I have a tattoo on my bum and by golly it didn’t half hurt! Go for it girl if that’s what you want, just remember that the colours tend to fade over time so what starts off as a beautiful full colour picture can end up as a dark blue monotone after a few years. I often wonder what the undertaker will think when he comes to lay me out as an old (well, older than I am now and that’s petty old) lady and sees a butterfly tattooed on my butt. x

  13. Linda Lilly Cottage
    2nd March 2009 / 4:42 am

    Hi, I don’t have a tatoo but have always wanted one on my back just near my shoulder of a rose, we will see. Where I go to get my hair done the girls there have tatoos on their feet and they are so gorgeous!! With strappy sandals they look wonderful. The salon does happen to be right next to the tatoo parlour and I think it is an amazing advertisement for them….I want to have one on the top of my foot now!Have fun deciding,Kiss Noises Linda

  14. corine
    2nd March 2009 / 12:40 am

    if you’re over 35, then YES!

  15. angeltreats
    1st March 2009 / 9:15 pm

    I suggest you find the exact tattoo you want, print it out, hang it up somewhere and look at it EVERY SINGLE DAY for six months. If, after that, you still love it then go ahead and have it done!I have two, both small. A butterfly on my belly and the Japanese kanji for “eternity” on my shoulder. Both done when I was very young (16 and 18). I’m 28 now and hate them both, one day when I’ve got money to spare I’ll have them removed.I don’t dislike tattoos, far from it. I love them. I just hate mine!I do like the one in your photo, it’s very pretty.

  16. Lisa the Lovely
    1st March 2009 / 7:25 pm

    go for it in a big way. you only live once, and if you play your cards right, once is enough!

  17. Bobo Bun
    1st March 2009 / 7:04 pm

    Like you been wanting one for an age, but can’t decide where to put it. Want it on show sometimes, but not all. So I would say go for it. Lovely pattern by the way.

  18. zoebabie
    1st March 2009 / 7:03 pm

    I don’t have a tattoo but in future i might going to have one why not?:)im going to be 27 this year, i wish to have a love name tattoo of my hubby’s name, tattoo last entire life on our body so i would go for a name memorable one, but if you really want a tattoo so much just go for it! nothing to regret since we just live once right:) the tattoo u r going to have look nice on ur finger i love it seriously honestly too.Don’t worried or panic we all seem so suppotive here *TEEHEE* XOXOZoe

  19. Mandy
    1st March 2009 / 6:14 pm

    Oh goodness its a hard decision! I had years ago a daffy duck on the top of my arm and winnie the pooh and tigger on my back! This year now at 42 I have had them cover with flowers! I wish I never had them done really. I love the flowers now but am glad I can cover them up. I suppose the only one I havent regretted is the one on my ankle of two sea horses.Only you know if you should have it.Whatever you decide will be the correct choice. Perhaps have one somewhere it can be covered up ??Let us know what you decide. I love your blog x

    1st March 2009 / 5:47 pm

    rosie -I have 13 tattoo’s . I started getting them in the early 1970’s. I have two tiny tattoo’s on my finger – a butterfly and a rose. My sister has a rose on her middle finger, my bff has a rose on her finger also. The thing I can tell you about putting tattoo’s on your hand is they fade really fast as they get more exposure to sunlight and the envoirment ( dishing washing , sunbathing etc ) but I do love them. Another thing I regret about getting all my tat’s is I scattered them about on the body – If I had it to do all over I would put them all into one area….like a sleeve or back etc. HOPE this helps some….I think you should go for something – you seem like you want a tat badly :)Another thing I constantly get ask about getting a tattoo is ” does it hurt more on the fat part of the body or less pain somewhere else ?” Hey it all hurts but get your first one small, the smaller the work the less pain. Getting those big tat’s take time usually several session with the tat artist. hope this helps out like I mentioned above , if you want to chat more about tattooing just drop me a note. BTW – I am now almost 57 – those young girls who get those heavy tribal tattoo’s should remember they are there for ever – so make sure you feel like you will still love your tattoo’s when your much older!

  21. Lavender hearts
    1st March 2009 / 4:08 pm

    I spose it depends, I couldn’t have one on my hand like that because I work with Professors and it’s hard enough to get them to take me seriously for being a young girl let alone if I had a tat on my hand! 🙂 I’ve always wanted a tiny tiny star on my wrist though. Have you seen Davina McCall’s tattoo on her wrist? that looks nice because it’s a bit more subtle but peeps can still see it. :-

  22. sheppy
    1st March 2009 / 2:41 pm

    I always wanted a tattoo since I was a teenager and now have three.Each was done in a different city (Paris, London, Los Angeles), and each are very symbolic and personal to me, which is why I chose to have them done in very private places.I’m debating a fourth, and would love to have it done on my foot, but unfortunately I can’t get away with it with my job – but I can wait and get it when I retire.Enough rambling, if you feel very strongly about getting one and you have been reflecting about it for a long while – do it, you won’t regret it.Hope we will get to see it if you do!Happy Sunday

  23. Happy @/*-*@
    1st March 2009 / 2:24 pm

    Thanks gals…I am getting more and more convinced here…and as i was reading your comments, a song came on the radio…singing ‘you only have one life!’ WOW! how exciting..thanks for the info girls…keep ’em coming :)And Viv…about your daughter! my Rosie as you know is diabetic too and although she is not old enough yet – she does want a tattoo, we thought she might not be able to have one…but reading your comment, has reassured me that she can – thanks honey xxlove Happy xx

  24. vivian
    1st March 2009 / 1:38 pm

    I have a tattoo, just above my left breast. its two roses with a heart inbetween. small, about and inch and a half square. I got it when I was 18.. ummm.. that was about 30 years ago! (gosh.. HOw do I keep adding so many year on all the time!) Anyways, I’ve never been sorry that I have it, but have always been greatful that i could cover it when I want it covered and show it when I want to show it. it is VERY faded now and has not very bright. Ive considered getting it recolored.. but then I think.. why??My daughter has 6 tattoos. one on each shoulder.. some chinese symbols.. god only knows what they mean.. she has a little butterfly on her foot, a fourleaf clover on here thigh and a really pretty flowers and butterflies across her lower back. She also is diabetic and just got the diabetic ribbon symbol tattooed on her .. though I cant remember where it is! Anyways.. I’ve never seen one like the one you want. I like it though! go for it!

  25. cupcake studio
    1st March 2009 / 1:19 pm

    I don’t have a tattoo, but like you, think it might be fun one day (a secret little one). I think my regret would be placement. If it were somewhere that no one saw it on a daily basis, I think I’d live with it better. :)The design is so pretty!

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