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When I was in my early 30s I toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo. Recently relocated to London, which had been dubbed the coolest city in the world, it seemed like the it would be the right thing at the right time. Although a bit late in life to consider indulging in what may be construed as a bit of rebellion, my husband talked me out of it, asking me to consider how I'd feel when I was 80 and sporting a tattoo (a very tasteful tattoo, I might add) above my derriere.

It didn't take much to talk me out of it. Life moved on and and I never had regrets; at least no major ones. And good thing too; a recent article in The Globe and Mail quotes a tattoo artist as stating that a tattoo above the 'butt cleavage' was coined a 'tramp stamp', leaving many women wishing they hadn't. Apart from pigeonholing the wearer, the tramp stamp comes with another side effect – during childbirth an anesthetist will not go through the tattoo to administer an epidural. If you've been through childbirth, you'll understand why you really want to avoid having a tattoo here.

The Globe and Mail article also states that aging can really have significant impact on a tattoo, "If a woman gets a butterfly on her breast, there's a good chance in a few decades it's going to be a pterodactyl". In fact, distorted tattoos are one of the most common reasons that individuals seek a dermatologist's help in tattoo removal.

While tattoos can be removed, the process is not only painful, but costly and time consuming. In an earlier post I discussed the options involved in tattoo removal (http://blog.pharmacymix.com/how-to-remove-tattoos), but you may want to save yourself a headache down the road by carefully weighing your options. While dermatologists are leery of tattoos, some suggest that if you decide you must have one, that you should consider using a new type of ink called Freedom2. Developed by a Harvard dermatologist, it uses vegetable dyes encapsulated in a plastic polymer that is easily broken down by lasers.

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Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].


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      Mztracy wrote Sep 8, 2009
    • hmmmm, my epidural was much higher than where those tats sit. Guess it depends on how big it is.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Sep 8, 2009
    • Great blog Sharmani, I didn’t know you moved to London.  

      You should meet our UKGirl Vikki. estatic



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Sep 8, 2009
    • Im so happy Im beyond childbearing years!!

      Just one of three and soon to be four!!



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Sep 8, 2009
    • Not sure of what but I know I want it on the top of my right foot.  Something not too bold but makes a statement!

      Just have to get it done when Im not bloated!! P I M P

      xoxo



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Sep 8, 2009
    • sure it wasnt butt slut?? ewwwwwwwwww  lmao



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Sep 8, 2009
    • P I M P !!!  LOLOLOLOL   You crazy lady!!

      xoxo



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      Tigertatt wrote Sep 8, 2009
    • Tattoos are great.  I have 10 of them.  I got my first at 19 and my 10th (tramp stamp) at 40.  I have no regret and I will still love them when I’m 80.  I’m not done either.....



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      Debbie Mallory wrote Sep 9, 2009
    • I have one and thats all it will be.....hurts too bad, guess you can call me a wuss...I like the one I have...it’s a rose on my right shoulder blade....it’s ok there, I don’t wear that many backless dresses....ok I don’t wear any...lol



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      Angelcart wrote Sep 9, 2009
    • I would never get a tat.  I see some that I think are pretty but as mentioned earlier I feel if you get one early say a butterfly, etc. then years down the road it will look like a teradactyl! I can see a buch of old women sitting around playing “guess my tat!“.  LOL



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      Habitatdonna wrote Sep 9, 2009
    • I just resently got my third, at 45. I waited 10 years between my first and second. And this one is on my lower back. But that dosen’t make me a “tramp” I do other things that may be the reason. shrug



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      Anonymous wrote Sep 9, 2009
    • Great comments everyone! Who would have thought the topic of tattoos would create such conversation.  

      Yana - haven’t moved to London (sorry if the post is confusing...), but did live there pre-kids. I should connect with UKVikki; I really miss the UK sometimes.



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Sep 11, 2009
    • I have one so far. It took me a year to decide what and where I wanted it. I did take into consideration the aging factor and I wanted something that if I was in my 80’s would still suit me so I decided to get it around my left ankle. It is roses and vines. I told the tattoo artist what I had in mind and he drew it free hand so it is an original.happy



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      Cougariffic wrote Sep 11, 2009
    • I have 5 tats and I love them! I didn’t get my first one until I was 30! All of mine are in places that I can show them if I choose to or not. My first is on the inside of my right ankle, then a ‘tramp stamp‘, a kanji symbol on the back of my neck, a lotus on my left hip and a swirling vine down my right side from butt to breast. My husband loves them too and he is really the only one that gets to enjoy them besides me =)
      He didn’t have any tats when I met him... ow he has 4 and planning on more... I think tats are hot!



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      Marybeth Pitner wrote Sep 11, 2009
    • I am getting one also.  I have always wanted one and just kept putting it off and now hubby has convinced me to go ahead with it.  I just need to find the time, with the new position at work and all.



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