I can tell you first and foremost why I am addicted to getting under the gun. Tattoos are not only a way to express yourself and your individuality. The ink seeping into your skin gives you a rush like no other. I guess you can say that they are addictive because your mom doesn’t approve of them as well but to me, that’s just a little bonus. Think about it, if you have ever been to a tattoo parlor, what is the first thing that you do when you walk in? Whoever is in that chair is the center of attention no matter who they are. I have more than my fair share of tattoos and if I had more free time I would be covered in ink I guarantee that. Being that it is 2017 damn near every family has at least one person who is tatted up. This is an understatement because I have at least 5 in my family who have ten or more tattoos. It is an art that very few can master but when it is done properly and efficiently it is probably the most intriguing job in the world. I know people from all walks of life that share the same addiction to tattoos that I have. The sound of the gun buzzing and the feel of the vibration against my bare skin gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. Yeah, I’m so addicted to tattoos that I’m going to go home one night, and my family and friends are going to be sitting in a circle with letters that they wrote the night before. I would like to say that I am not the only one who feels this way but there are no official statistics to prove my theory. I personally started off with my initials down my forearm when I was only 17 years old. Then 9 months later I was getting my other arm marked. Before I knew it I was in the shop every other month plotting on my next piece. Yeah, I said it I piece my ink together and incorporate things that are meaningful to me. I have flowers tattooed on my left arm to symbolize all of the important women in my life. My mother my two sisters my grandmother and my girl. I have only one name beside my own and let me tell ya, stay away from the names because remember they are permanent. I can speak for many when I say that there is no feeling in this world like the one when you figure out what your next tattoo is. I love the anticipation that comes with the addiction of getting more and more tattoos. From the moment you realize what is going to be permanently etched into your skin either your nerves are about the shot or you a trooper and ready for whatever. I have talked to several other people who have multiple tattoos and all of them gave me a different answer. One loved the process another liked the after-effect of the finished product. The art of it was another answer while I agreed with all three I still looked at it in a different sense.
The mere fact that you will have the tattoo for the rest of your life is somewhat an addiction in its own realm. Yes, that is a major factor in my decision processing when it’s time for me to get some more work done. Yall might think that I’m crazy but I even enjoy the part when the artist has to rub the excess ink and blood off. Yeah, it burns like a wildfire but I don’t mind it at all. No pain no gain. Another way tattoos are addicting is when you have someone in competition with you and try to one-up you at all times. Of course, you can’t let them win so you are already plotting on your next piece of work. I for one am also a huge fan of the very first time I got a tattoo. Yeah, I was a total nervous wreck and I couldn’t wait for the whole ordeal to be over with but at the same time, I couldn’t wait to get another one done. The main reason I am addicted to tattoos is the way other people look at me whenever I walk into a public place or even a crowded room. It’s like the music just stops and I am the center of attention. That feeling is absolutely priceless and it is well worth the initial pain that I had to endure in the beginning. It doesn’t matter what your reason is for being addicted to tattoos we are all right. We have the freedom to choose what we put on our bodies and if the ink is involved then so be it. That’s why tattoos are addictive.