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For centuries, humans have decorated their bodies with symbols. The art of piercing, tattooing, and scarring have been used as symbols of bravery and social standing. Tattoos and body art remain popular today.

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Tattoo shops are considered high risk businesses due to the potential for injury to customers from dirty needles, rashes, bodily injury and numerous other reasons. Therefore not a lot of companies are willing to insure a risk of this nature. You can due a search on the internet for each of the follo…
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Symbolism of a Swallow Tattoo: Here are opinions and answers from contributors: Swallow tattoos are just that; tattoos of the swallow bird. Reading about it, they are the traditional tattoos of birds that are commonly seen on people.The swallows are an old sailor's tattoo. Sailors got them for proof…
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Rockabilly Girls' Tattoos Simply, it's right for the era. Tattoo imagery has changed a great deal over the last couple of decades, designs such as those you mentioned were fairly popular during that time period as they were simple to do, looked good and held up well in the long run. A good source fo…
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Nautical Star HistoryNautical stars were first tattooed on early sailors because they relied on the stars to find their way, therefore they always had a star to be with them and always knew where they were going in their own lives and at sea. It was kind of a sense of security and guidance.Here is m…
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Sparrows are (I should say "were") symbolic for sailors that have logged 5000 nautical miles at sea. These are blue swallows as far as tradition goes. The others are just new schooler trying to bring back some old school with there own twist. I personally have one tattooed under each arm showing for…
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Nautical StarsSailors have long used nautical stars as symbols of protection and guidance.Here is more information and input:A friend of mine who is a marine told me that a star is a symbol of protection. He has them tattooed on his shoulders.Back in the day when being gay wasnt the thing to do, but…
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Traditional Tattoos and Piercings I believe that tattoos originated after James Cooke first arrived on Tahiti. Tattooing was very popular in the South Pacific. Fletcher Christian and George Stewart of Mutiny on the Bounty fame both had stars tattooed on the left of their chests. Perhaps these were e…
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It means making sense of the world and excepting that everything does what it does, like a black widow has poisonous venom.
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Several FAQ Farmers? Opinions The nautical star is associated with punk because they have adopted it to stand for unity. Like checkers, it has the two alternating colors meaning racial unity and tolerance.It could be that punks, and alter-natives in general, just dig sailor stuff. Maybe most of the…
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As far as I know, mermaids were the embelishments of very "lonely" sailors who mistook sea-cows, (manatees) for something a bit more alluring... I believe it just became the hallmark for many sailors who wished to carry on the salty tradition for lonely sailors everywhere... Lar Waimon   I've…
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Koi Tattoos: According to Japanese legend, if a koi succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate on the Yellow River, it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. More generally, the Japanese associate koi (a…
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Answer Personally, I own a tattoo with a rose. My meaning for it may sound shallow, as it's linked to my past relationships. I am a rose. Beautiful, red, blooming; yet it dies quickly. Like how men are attracted to me at the start, but then they start to realise the petals are shedding off. The…
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I heard that if I sailor lost a good mate at sea he would put a dagger through his swallow tattoo to symbolize his lost friend. My grandfather told me this and showed me a picture of his sailer friend. He had 2 swallows on his chest and one had a dagger through it. My grandpa then told me about thow…
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Looking closely, it is Red and Blue with a Sun in it, Its the Philippine Flag. He's proud to be a Filipino just like his Father. And the other side is a Greek flag, he's proud to be Greek just like his mother It's written in Japanese. Don't know what it means, ask someone from japan  it means…
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yeah, nautical stars go back to the navy.... i was told they meant " to protect and guide" "to protect" that is the meaning. It means to show the way to. If its nautical stars, often times it is a sign of homosexuality for women. Once there was a time that women got them to 'show the way' in the…
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Answer the main difference is that the birds are two different species. A sparrow is a small, brown-grey colored bird. A swallow is a larger blue bird with red cheeks and a greyish-white breast. the two tattoos also have separate meanings: a sparrow tattoo is very rare and may have a religious me…
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That the person likes airplanes, but if the tattoos are on his genitalia, then well, he has a fetish :/
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Here's the law itself for Massachusetts (A) No tattooing, piercing of genitalia, branding or scarification shall be performed on a person under the age of 18. In MA every city has different laws. In some city's you can get pieced with your parent/guardian's permission. (B) Body piercing, other th…
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Answer The tat may have a religious significance... see Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Answer Sparrow (swallows, you may be confused with) are traditional nautical/Navy tattoos that signify that th…
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I heard that the swallow/sparrow tattoo's are to commemorate a fallen friend or family member. I would assume any persona that the bird has ie., devil horns, angel halo or even knife through it would depict the dead person's personality or trait. It just means that they were a "Hard Man" back in t…
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People used to get sick from glow-in-the-dark tattoos, but I don't think they do anymore. In the early days of photoreactive tattoo ink, the ingredient that made the tattoo glow was called EverGlow. It was never intended for use in tattoo ink--it is intended to be used as an ingredient in road paint…
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A skull and crossbones is usually a sign of something dangerous and warns a person not to enter ...or to fear death. They were long popular in the old school of tattooing on bikers to show one's outlaw side and now they are synonomous with heavy metal, outlaws and the 'wrong side of the tracks. As t…
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It means that your a true hot boy
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Most definitly, Artists can aquire licenses to tattoo in their home or in the home of their clients. Many popular artists do this because they are required to travel around for special assignments. My friend's first tattoo was done in her living room.   Check with your local Health and Human…
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Cardinal Tattoos Cardinals mean a few things, actually. The one i like best is "vitality and/or happiness." Another i found is "brings colour to your life and reminds you that all you do is important, you are someone who brightens others lives" (http://www.brigids-haven.com/bos/info/birds.html) I…
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its not necessarily one kind of tattoo to show respect for a loved one that has been lost. simply getting a name tattooed over the heart or elsewhere on the body can show that you have lost them. remember that tattoos are appreciated for their art and that no one has to understand your tattoos but …
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Answer You need to check your local laws you can go into any shop and find out the legal age Answer I believe you have to be 18. I don't think a person under 18 can get a tattoo in Nebraska even with parental consent. Answer You have to be 18 to get a tattoo, but with parental permission …
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i don't know much about them i know that they do mean something though but i know that the red and black is the chaos star  Originally the first tattoo inks used consisted of black ash or soot from a campfire. As tattoo inks started to evolved different mineral pigments were used to give color…
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For the most part dragons have always been signs of protection and also of wisdom. Despite this, it may mean something different for someone else, or it could just be that the person likes dragons.
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Answer Sailors earned the right to wear "blue birds of happiness" tattoos on either side of their chest after having crossed the equator. Answer they were to keep sailors from drowning Answer sparrows can mean all/any of the following: -eternity -luck -innocence -sparrows are al…
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I have one on my hand because I wondered how far a needle would have to go under my skin to make a good tattoo. Now I realize it was a bad place for that, but I was 18 what can you do? Answer one of the main reasons for having a black dot on the knuckle of fore hand is to represent the length of ti…
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Answer Getting a tattoo actually becomes addicting after you've had one. It's comparable to getting scratched on a bad sunburn - but in a good way. The longer the artist has to spend on one area, the more sore it will get and some people can tolerate it after more than three or so hours. The …
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Symbolism of a Dragonfly Tattoo Here are opinions and answers from WikiAnswers Contributors: I have one and it's for good luck. The artist who did my dragonfly tattoo told me that it symbolizes freedom. The dragon fly is symbolic for change and being okay with it. Here is a story: The Dragonfl…
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Answer This one is a bit trickey...being pregnant will not affect the healing process of the tattoo by any noticable degree. HOWEVER... All professional artists that I know, myself included, flat-out refuse to work on pregnant women. It's nothing personal, it's just that there are no definitive t…
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Knuckle tattoos do not have a specific symbolism behind them. They are meaningful to the person who has them. Typically speaking, the people who have knuckle tattoos have made a conscious decision to live outside of standard culture. For a good idea of what people have on their knuckles and why they…
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yellow or gold is the colour of the most powerful Chinese dragonsthats why i got my tattoo yellow the other colour depend on where the dragon livesie aquatic blue
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Direction of a Koi Tattoo Here are opinions and input from FAQ Farmers on whether the direction of the koi fish is significant: SOMEONE ACTUALLY SAID THIS: "Yes - when a koi is swimming up on a tattoo it means that the person is either very sexual and/or homosexual. If the koi is swimming down it me…
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Answer See the closely related questions linked to the right. Answer I see this is a much debated subject but as not a soul has came to a answer I will for you..... It is easy to see that in different society's it's got a different meaning for punks its anarchy, dreams ect. But for so…
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no, you can not. Karma is not part of any voodoo religion. it is the assumption that in the next life you will experience reward and punishment for your actions. but not the books you read, paintings you create, things you say or body art you sport.but i wouldn't recommend the tattoo, personally. &…
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Choosing a Body Piercer With the rise in the popularity of body piercing, piercing studios and shops are mushrooming everywhere. While many of these piercing parlors may be very legit and offer a safe piercing experience, there are quite a few piercers out there who have just some basic knowledge ab…
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Are you serious? Tattooing a number to your body has many different meanings. I would tattoo the number 13 because I was born on that day, My name begins with the letter M, which is the 13th letter of the alphabet and because I consider it lucky.
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That is simple, you don't. Only get your tongue pierced, or anything else pierced by a professional. You have veins in your tongue, and if you puncture them you could bleed to death.   Don't do it...if you do it incorrectly you could bleed to death like that person above me said or your tong…
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that he had sailed the Atlantic ocean
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Many people may associate a dove with peace and tranquility. However, the true symbolism of one's tattoo depends on their view of it rather than popular perception.
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A bluebird relates, firstly, to sailors. 5,000miles at sea would be represented with one bluebird, then 10,000 with another and so on.. When a bluebird was seen at sea, it would mean that you were close to land. Finally, sailors would believe that if your ship went down, a bluebird would fly over an…
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Getting a piercing is completely different from getting a tattoo. Also there are way to many variables for why people get infections after piercing. For some they have problems because they were not pierced properly, or it was not a sterile inviroment. They may not have been given the proper informa…
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Symbolism of a Lotus Flower Tattoo Here are opinions and answers from FAQ Farmers: Like the Hibiscus flower, the lotus flower is universally accepted as a symbol of estranged love and the associated empty yearning it entails. The lotus flower originated in Egypt and in India, and has had a major ro…
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Flame TattoosSee this link - should help. http://www.rankmytattoos.com/tattoos/mythical-tattoos/supernatural-tattoos/AnswerFlames symbolize different things to different people.I have found that if you give each tattoo serious thought and research,you will be much happier with the end result.For me …
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depending on the size, colors, and where @, it could be anywhere between 45$ to 600$ or more.   Prices vary on the size of the tattoo, the location of the tattoo and the artist. One shop's prices will vary from another's. But remember, you get what you pay for! The prices can be far greater t…
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Skull Tattoos Considerations, perceptions, beliefs by many are influenced by unknown variables. Determinations should be individual opinions. At times kept in mind without reaction, given time to overlook or simply not judge the ability to understand others choices as expressing themselves answers m…
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I designed a yin yang fish tattoo several years ago. My zodiac sign is Pisces, and for me, this was a part of it. The design also referred to the importance of balance and the opposites, just as with the yin yang symbol. However, I'd be interested to find out more..the yin yang represents the acient…
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Many people get swallow tattoos and sparrow tattoos mixed up. If you associate sparrow tattoos with a sailor he may get very upset with you. Many people use them interchangeably but there is a big difference. The majority of the bird tattoos that you see are swallows although many people call them s…
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the sun does certainly wreck ink, as does swimming in water containing chlorine, sunbeds are a no no too, white coloured creams make ur black tattoos go a rather yukky shade of bluey green too, and picking would also give the patchy look, so no picking! sometimes your skin just doesnt take the ink …
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Tattoos can become infected, but only if they are not taken care of properly, or if you went to a dirty shop. BUT...I will say this...ink from tattoos absolutely 100% does NOT go into your bloodstream. You would probably become extremely ill if it did. Needles in a tattoo machine are like pins, and …
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It just another place to throw some ink. Traditionally people in the business world scoff at tattoos that are in full sight. So if it's a very important tat, say a dove dedicated to you mother that just passed away, it's like saying, who cares what people think, i loved her and here's proof that eve…
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The Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula, is a large blackbird.Adults have a long dark bill, a pale yellowish eye and a long tail; their plumage is an iridescent black. Adult females are slightly smaller and less glossy.Their breeding habitat is open and semi-open areas across North America east of th…
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The tattoo of a spiderweb on an elbow or a neck most usually indicates that a person has done time in jail/prison. The spiderweb as a symbol of "doing time" comes from the notion that a spider web catches and imprisons. Therefore translating to doing time. All ethnic races; especially gang members m…
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Your whole body filled with tattoos. Tattoos are bad, they dont let your skin breathe. So you will die quicker the more tattoos you have. =)
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Go to a local tattoo shop and check out their portfolios. Make sure they are clean and they do good work. Ask your (hopefully) artistic tattoo person to draw you something custom and describe it in as much detail as possible. They may require a deposit for the drawing to ensure your return and if th…
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you might just be in ink pain If you mean a while after, it's probably some form of ink poisoning. It's not uncommon.
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Alright, there might not be a meaning for the serpent tattoo, but some people uses these kinds of pictures and symbols to show their gang signs and what their gangs are called. But some people just wears a serpent tattoo because they like tattoos or snakes. But symbols and odd looking tattoos don't …
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Actually that isn't true. With parental consent, 16 and up. And depending on the region of Texas, 17 without parental consent. But mostly 18 with out parental consent. Try south Dallas for 17 year old places.Acording to every website I saw you must be 18 in Texas to ger a tattoo, and according to Am…
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Yes the state has requirements for tattooing, check with the DHP for local guidelines. There are many tattoo schools out there, one of the highest recommended schools is the International school of Body art, they have locations in the US and Canada. the as well have 1 year online study programs as…
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The Sacred Heart is a religious devotion to Jesus' physical heart as the representation of the divine love for humanity. I have a sacred (or "eternal flame") heart tattoo...I got it to symbolize that my feelings for the person I got it for and the memories I have of them are important and never end…
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The tiger symbolizes invincibility, might, and power. In Japanese tattoos, the tiger is sometimes partnered with a dragon to symbolize heaven and earth: yin and yang. The tiger represents strength purity and beauty. Tiger Designs & Symbols - The Tiger is a potent symbol across Asia in many cul…
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Answer its all conected, If you get stretch marks (most women do to some extent) your tattoo will stretch out and warp in those areas and it is not something that can be fixed. My tattoo artist strongly discourages belly tattoos for women who want to have children.
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It depends on a couple of things. One is where on your body are you getting a tattoo, second is how elaborate of a tattoo are you thinking about getting. Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. And the mor elaborate the tattoo, the more it's going to hurt. I have a total of ten tats…
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Answer i think that love and hate mean that u love someone and hate that person at the same time THE LOVE OF A TATOO IS LIKE THE LOVE YOU HAVE FOR A BOYFRIEND,ONE WEEK YOU LOVE HIM AND THE NEXT WEEK YOU HATE HIM,BUT A TATOO IS THERE FOR EVER UNLIKE A BOYFRIEND. .....even though that's quite cute…
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a snake and dagger mean that your a fighter and a good one....agility.no, lol, the snake wrapped around a dagger is a very ancient symbol
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Tongue Piercing Your veins. Answer Do not try to pierce your own tongue. This is a very dangerous percing and cannot be done on everyone. My sister went to get her tongue professionally done and she was informed that she could not have it done because of the location of veins in her mouth. On…
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Shooting Star Tattoo it means you don't have any individuality. don't do it. get something a lot more meaningful. and stay away from the lower back. it's a "tramp stamp"   I don't think it necessarily has any meaning, but I also don't agree that anything on the lower back is a "tramp stamp". I…
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Answer The dragon tattoo means you were old enogh to get it but not old enough to understand the true meaning. The dragon itself is a free and fearless being. So the tattooing of it repercents your self of being free and fearless with life choices.
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Nautical Star Symbolism I always thought of the 'nautical star' as just a 'nautical star'- something having to do with navigating the seas. Perhaps other cultures have adapted it as their own symbol for signaling their sexual preference or anything else - but then wouldn't it be called a 'lesbian s…
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The swallow for loyalty (swallows have a single mate for life), to guide a sailor home (finding birds at sea mean you're near land/swallows always find their way home) and also to signify sailing 5,000 nautical miles (one swallow for every 5,000 miles). A rooster and pig on the ankles, knees, calve…
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There aren't any universal meanings for tattoo symbols.Check out tattoo symbolism here:http://tattoo.about.com/cs/beginners/a/symbols_intro.htmBut remember, sometimes a rose is just a rose. It doesn't mean or symbolize anything!ALSOSwallows stand for Love so a dead Swallow could symbolize a dead lov…
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if you ever saw the crow movies that pretty much explains in the crow is the transporter of souls of the people who past I AM NOT JOKING that was REALLY belived by the ancient mayans,Aztecs,and suoy Indians
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Symbolism of a Gun Tattoo Check out tattoo symbolism here: http://tattoo.about.com/cs/beginners/a/symbols_intro.htm But remember, sometimes a rose is just a rose. It doesn't mean or symbolize anything! Answer "I have to colt 45's just under my neck, there is no real meaning behind them, it …
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The Illinois law governing the acts of tattooing and body piercing ILCS 5/12-10, Chapter 38, Sect:12-10, was amended by Public Act 094-0684 in 2005 changing the AOC from 21-years to 18-years of age.
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You'll need to shop around in your the State or province in which your Tattoo Shop is located. Tattoo shops pose a unique risk to insurers. Many companies will consider them a high risk business so you may have to make a lot of calls before you find coverage. One Market that may be able to provide…
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Answer you have to be 18, in the state of texas. They dont allow you to be under 18 with a perents signature anymore.
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There aren't any specific or concrete meanings for certain tattoo symbols. For example: A cross to some may be just be a cross. But to others, there's a religious meaning Check out tattoo symbols online.But remember, sometimes a rose is just a rose. It doesn't mean or symbolize anything!  Spar…
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It means "delicate beauty." Answer There aren't any specific or concrete meanings for certain tattoo symbols. For example: A cross to some may be just be a cross. But to others, there's a religious meaning. Check out tattoo symbolism here: http://tattoo.about.com/cs/beginners/a/symbols_intro.…
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Answer The Delaware Indians were using turtle tattoos, the turtle is also the greek symbol for 'woman', sailors got a turtle tattoo when they crossed the equator, in Japan the turtle is the symbol of a long life,but in the Christian world the turtle is the symbol for laziness and procrastination.…
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Seahorse tattoo can simply mean the love for the seahorse, the animal or for the aquatic life and water. They can also be worn because they simply look good and you want to flash your tattoo for all occasions. for more: http://www.cooltattoofinder.com/seahorse-tattoos/seahorse-tattoos-flash-meanings…
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A keloid meaning that litle bead of scar tissue you get when a piercing is taken out and heals slightly improperly? you may be able to hide it, but the bump will only go away with sugery, or a dermal punch (a type of piercing that basically uses the piercing equivalent of a hole punch, to literally …
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The NEWEST : The law has changed : Section 44-34-100. ... A) It is unlawful for a person to perform or offer to perform tattooing upon a person under the age of eighteen . The parental consent requirement for 18-21 has been dropped... There is no provision for tattooing anyone under 18, parental …
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That is a question with a complicated answer/ If you go to Hawaii (to anyone who has been seriously and gonestly trained in this type of the tattoo tradition) you will go to them, and the artist will ask you about your life, and your perosnality. through this, they will come up with a design or seri…
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Location of a Koi Fish Tattoo Here are opinions and answers from FAQ Farmers: I have a friend that has one that stretches all the way down his left side, so you can get one anywhere. According to Japanese legend if a koi succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate on the…
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if u ask me, it means nothing. Tattoos are usually symbols of something. As long as you feel comfortable with the tattoo it shouldn't matter. Remeber though, tattoos are for life unless you want to get it lasered off which gets expensive. It doesn't mean your "gay" if that's what u were asking.
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Becuase turtles live to be 75 to 150 years old they are a symbol of long life.Also, I've heard, its represents that a sailor has crossed the equator
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ANSWER:The legal age in Florida to get a tattoo without an adult present is 18. Though with an adult it is 16.Florida StatutesTITLE XLVI CRIMES CHAPTER 877 MISCELLANEOUS CRIMES 877.04 Tattooing prohibited; penalty. -- (1) It is unlawful for any person to tattoo> the body of any human being; ex…
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it all depends on where you get it done
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it means NOTHING. stop looking for meaning in all tattoos. many tattoos are simply whimsical and fun or aesthetically pleasing. they don't all mean things. try asking the person it's on what it means to them. ---UPDATED RESPONSE: Actually this person is cleary wrong....they do symbolize something.…
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There is no actual law regarding age and piercing or a tattoo. For example, a 12-year-oldcould get a tattoo; the only problem is finding somebody who will do it, as most places don't do this for anyone under the age of 16. Although there are many places that will do so, providing that you are …
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I was told, when I wanted to enlarge my beauty mark, that covering or tatooing these sorts of spots can become cancerous.
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According to Wikipedia, an American woman's lower back tattoo became popular in the late 1990's among young women. Such a tattoo is commonly referred to as a tramp stamp. This object of personal expression and wearable art is often showcased by women wearing midriff's, low rise jeans and belly chain…
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Answer to Meaning of Sparrows They symbolize the least in God's kingdom, He will still take care of and provide for. They symbolize humility as well and sometimes joy when found in a group. A lone sparrow sparrow is also significant to sadness, desolation, loneliness as pertains to Jesus in the …
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It all depends on how you take care of it! I have had mine for about 5 days now and it doesn't really "hurt". I clean it twice a day, once in the morning and once before i go to bed! I use saline solution, and peroxide which both help to heal very fast! Don't mess with the piercing a lot just make s…
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Symbolism of a Morning Glory Tattoo I would imagine as in most other forms of body art that would depend on who was having the tattoo done. In my case it is a memorial representation of my gradfather who raised and crossedbred morning glories when I was little and we spent most of our time togeth…
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