Ink off the paper and onto the skin! I've had tattoos on my brain again for about a month now, ever since I scheduled the appointment for my next one and already I'm thinking about what I want after that. I only have 3 and they're small but I do love large pieces on others and watch all those tattoo competition shows. I figured with all the other artistic and creative people on this forum, there's bound to be other tattoo fans. I'm very particular about what I get and 2 of my 3 I designed myself...no drunken or random decisions for me...just personal meaning and symbolism. The first I got right after I turned 18 and, while some people regret the ones from their early years, I still like my tramp stamp. I drew it up over the course of a year and it's very simple but colorful: two swimming dolphins and my cliché zodiac symbol. It was my first exertion of adult independence and it still makes me smirk thinking of how pissed my mom was when she found out. My second I didn't get until after my daughter was born. It's a tribal-esque mother/daughter symbol with her birth flowers underneath. That is on my lower stomach/inner left hip was the most painful to date. It blew up huge when preggo with my son and I thought for sure it would be lopsided and weird after but luckily it shrunk back to size without any stretch marks or damage. The third I got for my husband on a wedding anniversary, but as I am weary of the 'significant other name jinx' (I know ) I went for symbolism instead and drew three intersecting infinity hearts for past, present, and future, each in the color of the Jamaican flag, where we got married. That's on my side/upper ribs at the bra line. My next, scheduled for Mother's Day, will be for my son. It'll be a dragonfly, which reminds me of his first time swimming as a baby. He fells asleep floating in my arms and a baby dragonfly landed on his big toe and stayed there for like ten minutes. Now every time I see them, especially in summer, I can't help but think of my son. That will be on my foot and my first "visible" tattoo which is a big step for me since my others are concealable. And of course too many ideas swirling about for future ink but I usually wait about a year after I finally decide, just to make sure it's what I really want. So...how about the rest of you?