Tamára Lunardo

Author & Editor



August 2011



Tattoos Are Like Kids– Trust Me, I Have a Few

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Having a total of eight tattoos and children combined (with plans for several more of the former and absolutely no more of the latter), I’ve picked up on some compelling similarities.

My 1st tattoo. Call it a "tramp stamp" and we're through. I mean it.

On Deciding To Go For It:

  • It can be hard to decide whether or not to go for your first one.
  • Particularly if you’re a woman, you may consider the fact that your body will never look the same again.
  • You may be tempted to go for it if a lot of your friends have them. This is not a good reason to do it.
  • You may be scared to go for it if none of your friends have them. This is not a good reason not to do it.
  • It will be expensive and almost always worth it.

My 2nd tattoo. If you're too young to know what it is, I'm not going to tell you.

On The Pain Factor:

  •  Fear of pain is a ridiculous reason not to have one– the pain is fleeting, and the result is permanent.
  • You may want your spouse to hold your hand when it gets really uncomfortable. You may also want to be left the hell alone.
  •  If you’re so inclined, a little medication can really take the edge off.
  • You may want an alcoholic beverage once it’s over.
  • Your spouse has to treat you gently for a couple weeks afterwards.

My 3rd tattoo. I'm done at 5 kids-- it's in ink.

On Living With Your New Creations:

  • Once you have one, you kind of figure, What’s a few more? (In fact, some of us have a hard time stopping.)
  • You feel pride over them even though you didn’t really create them yourself.
  • People who don’t have them often don’t “get” them. Some share their opinions on the matter far too freely.
  • If you have what people consider “too many,” you might not get hired.
  • If they turn out well, you’ll want to show them off.
  • If they turn out badly, you’ll be embarrassed and people will judge you.

 How else are tattoos like kids? How many do you have of each?

I showed you mine– now show me yours! If you haven’t already “liked” my Facebook page, go do it now, and then post your photos on my wall!

  • http://bennisinc.wordpress.com Stephanie Bennis

    I have two tattoos of my own (no kids..yet!) and I agree with all of the thoughts that go in deciding if where and what to get. My most recent one spans the right side of my torso and has sprung the most comments from friends, but at the end of the day its my choice and I love that 🙂

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Wow, that sounds incredible– I have all sorts of respect for anyone who can tolerate a rib tattoo. Please come share a picture if you can!

  • Jonathan Zarecki

    Love the artwork. Once again, spot on with the post, my friend!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Thanks! I know you have a few to share– do it!

  • http://larryhehn.com Larry Hehn

    With four kids but only one tattoo, I appreciate all you’ve written here Tamara – so true! It looks great. That must have taken quite a while to complete!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Thanks, Larry– and way to go being the first to share his tattoo on my FB wall! It took about four hours of actual tattooing; longer if you include all the drawing beforehand.

  • http://theperkinsblog.net Michael

    Tats and kids are both expensive.

    I have one kid…and we are done.

    5 tats…probably done.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Five tattoos, cool. I’ll get there, I’ll get there. Would love to see some of them if you don’t mind sharing!

  • http://tconp.wordpress.com Matt @ The Church of No People

    How else are they similar?

    They get under your skin and never go away.

    Well, I don’t have kids or tattoos, so maybe I don’t know. 🙂

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Hilarious! And so true. 🙂

  • MarieLa

    Kids vs Tats: You better make sure you trust the person doing the “artwork” and make sure they’re clean or else u might get some ugly contageous disease!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Ahahahaha! Brilliant.

  • Bryan

    Another similarity:

    Alcohol contributes to a lot of *accidental* ones.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Don’t we know it. *snort!*

  • http://messiahmom.wordpress.com kristinherdy

    I have two kids and no tattoos, that made me the odd mom out on the soccer team, but I’m ok with living my life tattoo-free.

    yours are cool, though.

    just as in childbirth, I would think there are no gold stars for people who got their tats without pain meds

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Yeah, my first two were no big deal, discomfort-wise, but I was so glad my artist suggested I take Aleve before the big one.

      And I’m surprised no tattoos= odd mom out. I guess it’s becoming more normal.

  • http://www.thecjadams.com CJ Adams

    Hmmm I have no clue what that second one is…..guess I’m a young’n.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Well I told you I’m not going to tell you, but just imagine me shaking my head in disappointment right now, kiddo.

  • http://leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    Love your newest work! But I thought there was going to be video? 🙂

    Great comparison, Tamara. I have 2 tattoos with plans for at least 3 more. I have been thinking/planning these out for awhile. Now I just need to go get them done! Of course, it would be helpful if someone wanted to financially support my pro-tattoo ways. No kids yet but I’m hoping to have a few once Mr. Right comes around.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Oh, you’re right! There is some video, but it’s probably just of me grimacing. I’ll check it out and see if it’s worth adding here.

      Hey, once you find Mr. Right, you’ll have a little help on the tattoo financing AND the baby making. 😉

      Come show your tattoos!

      • http://leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

        From your lips to God’s ears, Tamara.

  • http://thebakerbee.wordpress.com thebakerbee

    1. I have one and one. I can see having a couple more of each.
    2. I see Christ in both (tat is a cross) and both remind me to thank God for my many blessings.
    3. LOVE the leaves on your back. Really. Love.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      1. Go for it on both counts. 🙂 And please share a pic of the tattoo!
      2. That is awesome. Just awesome.
      3. Thank so much. Me too!

  • http://windowsandpaperwalls.wordpress.com Windows and Paper Walls

    I will enjoy tats vicariously through you. 🙂

    I had my navel pierced for years, but I took it out before the babies came.

    I’m a wild one, fo sure…

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Cathy with a belly button ring. I love it.

  • http://christiannoob.wordpress.com The Christian Noob (n00b)

    cool tattoos

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara


  • http://thefivestages.wordpress.com Jenny Lind

    I have a little one on my wrist….and I LOVE it…
    My eyebrows are tattooed. Does that count too? I think it should.

    How come nothing I do is cool? Ever? LOL!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      I think I remember your picture– but you should post it on my wall to refresh my memory. 🙂

  • http://www.thistreasuredlife.com Amy

    Four kids, no tattoos. Although my husband has 4 kids and 5 tattoos. 🙂

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Does he have any that represent the kids?

  • http://www.mustardseedyear.com Jason Wert

    First, if it was a tramp stamp, it would be in the middle of your back. So if someone says it’s a TS…well, they’re just uninformed, right?

    I don’t have any tattoos but I’m seriously thinking of getting one that says “2 Job” once I can justify spending the money to get a tattoo.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      You’re exactly right.

      If you just get “2 Job” and not the whole actual chapter, it shouldn’t cost much. 😉

  • http://rockerlifecoach.wordpress.com rockerlifecoach

    Believe it or not this life long biker has no tattoos. I do have one daughter and she got her first tattoo on her 18th birthday called me from across the country to tell me she got it.
    My girlfriend has several, while she works a professional job, I work in a more relaxed atmosphere. She has two sons, so between us we have 3 kids and 3 tattoos.
    Great post today, Rock On

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      A biker without tattoos– that makes me smile.

  • http://peculiarqueer.wordpress.com/ cubbie

    i’ve got 6 tattoos, no kids. i got the 6 tattoos at a rate of one a year, the last one in 2004. sometimes i think i want a new one, but i can’t fully decide on what i would get– the daydream are bicep tattoos involving merpeople, cupcakes, and unicorns, but i get distracted by all the types there are of each thing– though i recently came up with an idea for something different than what i had been considering that could be really cool… trisha and i are working on the kid-having…

    i only have one tattoo that is visible most of the time. it’s a button on my wrist and was a symbol of commitment for my last relationship.

    another favorite tattoo of mine is on my chest. it’s a pretty art nouveau design that i got as an attempt to be better friends with that whole area. now it’s tremendously hairy which i, in fact, love.

    the one that people seem to love the most is peter pan, wendy, john, michael, and tinker bell flying on my leg. it’s from a classic book illustration.

    i also have a cross “tramp stamp” kind of thing (not saying you have one, just saying i have a similar aesthetic cross to bear…), the word “queer,” and wings….

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Man, I can’t *wait* to see the merpeople/cupcake/unicorn piece. Post some pics of your existing ones, please!

  • Jenhed

    I’m embarrassed to say that I have no idea what that symbol is on your wrist(and I’m pretty sure I’m older than you!). What is it? I love your new one, it’s beautiful. I’m adding a new leaf to my tree at the moment 🙂 (and I’m announcing it all over the Internet already, lol, just not on FB if you don’t mind).

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      I’m so happy for you and your new little leaf!

      Alright, I’ll tell you but only because you are, in fact, older than me: It’s a 45-rpm spindle adapter. I used to pop them into my records to listen to my songs and stories when I was a kid.

  • Sarah H.

    I love this kind of clever writing. Very incisive, too, particularly on the judgement thing — I know I’ve made assumptions about people based on tattoos AND number of children (among a hundred other things). Some of that has changed since I became a parent, though I wish it would go away completely. It’s so frustrating to live in my own head sometimes!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Thanks! What must you think of me, all covered with tattoos AND kids?! Kidding. I know you can’t help but love me. 😉

      It is very frustrating to live inside your own head. That’s why I blog. 😀

  • http://reconcilingviewpoints.wordpress.com reconciling viewpoints

    Fun stuff. 3 kids, no tatts, and definitely no desire for tatts — just not my thing. So, no tat pics for me — if you want to see my kids, you can find them on my FB page, and I just added a fam shot on my “About” page with the blog.

    I really like your last tattoo — if you hadn’t said the significance of the leaves, I would’ve figured it out.

    I am also old enough to know exactly what your 2nd tattoo is. In fact, I was an expert at using one of those before the age of 5: I had an aunt that gave me her “hand me downs”, a collection that she was too grown up for when her tastes changed in the late ’60s. (Trying not give away what the tatt is….. 😉

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Of course you recognize it– you’re a musician. 🙂

      • http://reconcilingviewpoints.wordpress.com reconciling viewpoints

        At 3, someone might’ve guessed I’d be a dj, because I supposedly spent hours playing all my little 45s (I didn’t notice you gave away what it was til after I posted). Alas, most of that collection of 45s bit the dust when I was 5: I set up a display one morning in the windowsill, and we lived in Palm Springs. Learned the very hard lesson that vinyl will melt… tragic day.

        • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

          No, that’s so sad! I don’t have any of my old records, spindle adapters, or anything. I at least wish I still had a record player– love that crackly sound. Darn the lacking foresight of my youth.

  • http://kaseymathews.com kasey mathews

    My daughter and I got henna tattoos at a Renaissance Fair yesterday – beautiful flower designs climbing up our ankles. Will be gone in a few weeks. Perfect for me because I know I’d grow tired of anything permanent – except my two kiddos that is!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara


  • http://twitter.com/vitlausalice Amber-Lee (@vitlausalice)

    No kids yet, but one tattoo. It’s a large one, It covers the whole upper half of my back. It’s got 7 1/2 hours on it, and not done (!). My husband has two tattoos. He says they are medium. I say the are small 🙂 He has the mason symbol of the square and compass and he has a lightsaber.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Wow, that sounds incredible– post it on my FB wall if you can!

  • http://daring2desirehim.wordpress.com Desire

    Hi Tamara! Found your blog through BlogHer and the post you wrote on your one year anniversary blogging.

    Anyway, I have one child and 2 tatts. Your comparisons are definitely on point. I can’t wait to read more of your posts in the future. Keep blogging!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Thanks for coming by and letting me know! Would love to see your tattoos if you’d care to share on my FB wall. 🙂

      • http://daring2desirehim.wordpress.com Desire

        Sure! I’ll tag you if I can. I already have one in my pictures.

        Your words have made me realize I need to stop trying to avoid the eggshells and step on a few in my own blog. *senseless plug* daring2desirehim.wordpress.com

        Stop by and send me some email feedback.

  • http://daring2desirehim.wordpress.com Desire

    Hi Tamara! Found your blog through BlogHer and your post from your one year anniversary.

    Definitely some great comparisons I never realized before. I have one child and 2 tatts.

    I can’t wait to read more of your posts in the future….keep blogging gal!

  • http://opentoadventure.wordpress.com Christian Emmett

    I currently have two tattoos and am looking at getting my third – although this new tatt will most probably absorb one of my existing ones so technically I’ll have only two when it’s done.

    The one that I most likely will keep is the cheeky smiley face I have on my right shoulder. He’s poking his tongue out. I might post pics later; when I get my next tattoo done.

    Thanks for the great read – as usual!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Cool- can’t wait to see how it comes out!

  • http://rasjacobson.com Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson


    I love your new tat. It’s lovely.

    I have one, very hidden beneath my bikini line. I wrote about it (exhaustively) last week at Julie C. Gardner’s blog “By Any Other Name” – if you don’t know Julie, you should. So I won’t repeat myself.

    That said, I have wanted another one for a long time, but I just haven’t felt the right inspiration. So I am waiting until I know what I want. Interesting the connection you make to children. I only have one child, Monkey. And while the tattoo came long before he was ever in the world, well… maybe one is the right number. I would like to perhaps add on to what I’ve got to add him into the whole picture. I’m told that will look like crap. Like wearing a Jimmy Choo next to a BIrkenstock. (My old one is lopsided and faded after 20 years.) I’m okay with it. Because isn’t that the way life is? We blend these things together, the beloved old and the exciting new. Lovely post.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Now *that’s* a great connection to make. 🙂

  • http://www.keeniebeanie.blogspot.com Keenie Beanie

    Your tattoos are beautiful Tamara! I particularly like the one that is most definitely not a tramp stamp.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.wordpress.com Tamara

      Thank you!

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  • Emily Rotella

    I love the post, and love tattoos. I have a few (I have been under the needle 6 times) and I’m definitely addicted. Check out my tats here: http://bit.ly/qzxilm

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Thanks, glad you liked it! And thanks for showing off your tattoos. 🙂

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