Tell The Truth Thursday – Tattoos and Piercings

by Sherry Riter in Tell The Truth Thursday

Tell The Truth Thursday
Welcome to “Tell The Truth Thursday” where the question that has been posted in my right side bar gets answered by me and you…and sometimes my husband too! Did you prepare your post and are you ready to drop your URL into the McLinky so that we all can follow? Grab the thumb above linking it back to this blog posting and let’s get started…

The question this week is quite simple:

    Tattoos? Piercings? How many? Story behind them?

The main thought to remember while reading my answer is that I do not like pain. If you keep that in the forefront of your mind, it will all make sense.

In my opinion, all things can be taken to extreme including piercings…

massive piercings

and tattoos…

Isobel Varley

Isobel Varley is known as the World’s Most Senior Tattooed Woman in the Guinness World Book. I went to her site, read her story and looked at all the photos. She has EVERYTHING tattooed which nearly made me pass out. There is also a photo of Isobel before she had any tattoos.

I do not have any tattoos.

When I was eighteen years old, I decided to get my ears pierced. It took me a long time to work up the nerve to go. I still remember the little building on Matlock Road with “Electrolysis” boldly printed on a sign.

The place that used to have an Electrolysis building

One summer day I took the plunge into the piercing world. I walked into the building, gave the lady my money and she directed back to a room just like those found at a doctor’s office. I sat on the end of the table where my ear lobe was cleaned, sterilized and marked with two dots in preparation for the grand event. I tried hard not to think about anything.

I was a nervous wreck.

I was extremely scared that it was going to really hurt. I DON’T LIKE PAIN.

The electrolysis lady pulled out a large piercing gun which only added to my fear. She swiftly pierced one ear and then the next…

and I immediately fainted.

Driving home I became very sad that I had put holes in my ears. I distinctly remember thinking that I had ruined my body. (You can stop laughing now.)

Nearly thirty years later, I still have two tiny holes in the lobes of my ears which I can only wear 18K gold earrings in or they get infected. It must be something in my genetic chemical make up because my mom and daughter both have the same problem.

Now, it is time for you to tell the truth and link up your posting below!!!!


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1 Peterson Family June 2, 2010 at 11:33 pm

My ears are double pierced and I took my belly ring out years ago. (That sucker never wanted to heal right!)

I have several tattoos. I don't count them, but it's in the neighborhood of about 15.

My favorite tattoo that I have is of my mom. It's her senior portrait and it looks just like her. It is an amazing piece of work! She was taken from me when she turned 50 and not a day has gone by that I haven't missed her. It was my way of reminding myself that she is always with me and watching over me.


2 Kids Learn @ Kiboom Daily June 3, 2010 at 12:44 am

Oh, I am so with you! I hate piercings (too many that is) and tatoos (of which I also have none)

My daughter is angling for a tatoo (15 years old) and thank heavens in LA the legal age is 18. I so don't believe in it at all!

Anyway, wanted you to know that I went over to Blogfrog and built a site (sort of)….

Also, did you follow me yet? Going through the 690 names for the second time from Follow Me Club. Out of the 690 we followed, only 10 followed back! So I am now going one by one and raising hell!

Just in case you DIDN"T follow me, go to and join.



3 Liz June 3, 2010 at 1:00 am

I didn't get my ears pierced until I was 18 either… and even then my friend made/paid for me to get it done!


4 Jessica June 3, 2010 at 7:56 am

I really enjoyed this meme! I LOVE piercings and tattoos!


5 Mel June 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I love this idea (of this meme)! I participated! I never got my ears pierced, when I was little I was scared it'd hurt, but then I decided I just didn't want to! heh.


6 Chantal June 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I remember my first attempt of getting my ears pierced. It was my friend who used ice cube to freeze my ear lob and a bar of soap and a needle that she sterilized by burning it and disenfectant. I ran home with th needle in my ear. My second attemps was in a jewlery store and they used the proper tools to pierce my ears. I din't faint 🙂
I don't have any tatoos, don't like it.


7 R.L.Scovens June 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I have 2 tatoos and I HAD a piercing. One day I'd like to get another one (I'm 38), but the piercing I probably won't try again. I had tried to get a piercing over my right eye. The guy did it and it didn't hurt at all, but it wouldn't heal. As it tried to heal, my body would push the piercing toward the surface until it came all the way out. I guess that spot on my body just wouldn't take it. I really liked the way it looked when I got it though!


8 Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy June 6, 2010 at 6:39 am

It's a family tradition to pierce baby girls ears (My grandma grew up in Mexico, even though she's not Mexican we hold on to quite a few traditions). So I was 2 weeks old when I got my first piercings. When I was in college, feeling I had somehow missed out on the choice, I got a second set. I wore two pair for a few years, now I'm back to just the one, and even that occasionally. AND I have one tatoo. A gecko on the top of my right foot.


9 Alisha June 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

I have JUST been thinking about this. I posted a question about Christians getting tattoos over on MckMama's community a week or so ago.

I only have my ears pierced at this time (3 holes/side). I did have the cartlidge pierced a while back, but it kept getting infected due to my hair getting in it, so I took it out. Btw…I did that twice. Me iz fast lerner. I had the amazing idea in my teens to pierce my belly button in my room using a sterilized diaper pin. Yes. Another amazing decision on my part. It hurt like the dickens, got freakishly infected and I took it out. And also about the time I hit the zenith of sense (same time as I did the navel piercing), I decided to try to tattoo myself using another diaper pin and some india ink. Yes, that went JUST as well as the other, only minus infection.

I am considering a nose stud… small and tasteful. LOL that's kind of an odd word for it, I know. And I'm considering a tattoo. So far, no go, but probably someday. I personally don't have any problems with a few tats here and there, but like the completely covered woman, I'm not too into that. I think if it's a personal conviction for you, don't do it. But if it is, I think it's okay. My opinion.


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