Nov 28

The Traveler & The Tattoo

by in art, travel

79798224617239271_ALZ0grix_cOver the years I’ve contemplated getting a tattoo to mark my love of travel, colour & design. Today I got to wondering how many others have tattooed themselves while on the road. Surely people get tattooed while traveling to ink their adventures & their confidence on their skin.  I wonder if the destination and the tattoo artist are as important to other travelers as the design and image itself.  I have really only ever considered getting tattooed in Vancouver, Tokyo, Amsterdam or Paris, the cities I have a strong affinity for and which have phenomenal reputations in the tattoo industry. I have researched artist after artist and reviewed countless portfolios, now if only I could find the courage and commitment.

So tell me, have you ever gotten a tattoo while traveling?  What was your motivation for doing it at that particular destination?  How does your tattoo relate to your travels?  Can you recommend an exceptional colour tattooist in Paris or Amsterdam?

From my Tempting Tattoo board on Pinterest, some of my ink-inspiration for you!

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7 Responses to “The Traveler & The Tattoo”

  1. From Carole:

    Oh yes! I’ve had tattoos inked in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Tokyo – and a couple from my home country, Britain. They’re all very special to me, of course, and one actually represents my entire life’s travels so far. No particular motivation apart from wanting to get one 🙂

    Posted on December 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm #
  2. From wftristan:

    Never got any ink whilst travelling and to be honest I dont attach any meaning or significance to my tattoo’s
    Just wanted to get tattoo’d and now have about 50 hours under my belt.

    I would recommend in Paris – not my cup of tea as i use in Oxford uk who specialises in blackwork – i have no colour on me at all.

    I think there comes a time where you have to say “right lets do this”

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    Posted on December 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm #
  3. From martin:

    I got a tattoo in my “new” town, 2 months after moving out of my parent’s home. It was a symbol of freedom and my passion. Got the continent of Africa permanently engraved on my chest to show my heritage =)
    haven’t got a tattoo while travelling… its a bit too expensive compared to the prices in South Africa. want to get a new tat the moment I return in January !!

    Posted on December 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm #
  4. From Wftristan:

    me again – here is a link to my current work in progress

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    Posted on December 18, 2012 at 11:42 am #
  5. From Alison:

    If only Mike would let me…

    Posted on January 1, 2013 at 3:48 am #
  6. From Seattle Dredge:

    I think you should definitely go for it and hope that you find a good artist in Paris or Amsterdam!

    I’ve got quite a few travel tattoos and counting, you can see some here if you want :

    I like to think of them as permanent souvenirs, and they mean so much more to me than my “regular” tattoos :]
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    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 5:35 am #
  7. From Marky Licastro:

    I have 2 tattoos from when i was being nomadic. In both situations i wanted something to represent my love for travelling.
    I got one while travelling Italy for 2 months. I am Have Italian background so to be tattooed in the ‘mother land’ was a major pride thing for me. I got the tattoo to represent my heritage, a representative symbol of my heritage and i got it coloured in the colours of the Italian flag. Im super proud of it. I didnt research the artist but i saw another person walk past me with a tattoo and just enquired about it with him. It was sporadic as in the time got it but was definately having thoughts of getting one before i reached the country!!
    I think if you are passionate and have some sort of idea go for it. Its the best souvineer and story you can tell.

    Posted on October 12, 2014 at 10:05 am #

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