Being fairly new to the tattoo scene Im surprised how quickly Ive managed to get into it. I thought before I started that Id just get one or maybe two tattoos and leave it at that I certainly didnt want to be covered in them or have sleeves. But little did I know that I would be hooked so easily. Ive got my first two done and now Im desperate for my next one, although I have got to save up some money before I can get it done. Where does the addiction come from? Well I dont think its the masochistic thing hey Im a man we dont do pain do we? I think its more to do with the collecting thing. I suppose I already have that streak in me as Im a birder (thats ornithology / bird watching to the layman) I already collect lists and lists of birds, so why not move on to collecting tattoos as well? I had my wifes name tattooed in Japanese kanjis on the inside of my right wrist it seemed like it would be less conspicuous there being an IT Consultant and out at customer sites on a daily basis I didnt think I should get one across my knuckles or neck or anywhere else that is really visible. I know if I roll up my shirt sleeves and do my usual talking with my hands as I speak then it will be visible, but then thats generally only with people I know, and they already know about the tattoos so thats ok. My other tattoo is another set of Japanese kanjis but this time on my back (right shoulder blade to be precise). Its the second of Gishin Funakoshis 20 precepts and says karate ni sente nashi or (loosely translated) in karate there is no first strike yes I do karate as well. Again, its not visible to anyone unless I take off my shirt, which I generally dont do in the workplace! The next one is going to be a Japanese dragon on my left bicep. The big question is will I be able to leave it at that? Well I think you all know the answer to that one!
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