Monday, June 10, 2013

Namaste

Namaste
Sanskrit symbol for "Namaste"

One of the things on my bucket list is a tattoo. I have wanted to get a tattoo for quite some time actually. 2013 will be the year that I finally get one. After much deliberation, I have decided on getting the Sanskrit symbol for “Namaste”. The word “Namaste” is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
As far as location, I am thinking either inner-forearm, below my collar bone, or on my ribcage. I am leaning towards inner-forearm but I am also intrigues by the other two. Either way, I’m excited at the possibilities!!

What are your thoughts on tattoos? Do you have one? If not, would you ever get one?

153 comments:

  1. Don't have one. Couldn't handle the pain.

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  2. i have one of my brothers initials, zpm, on my inner left wrist- facing me. never thought i'd get another but i have been finding myself wanting perhaps one more :) good luck, im excited to see where yours ends up!

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  3. Don't have one...never wanted one. They actually give me the creeps.

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  4. If it's on your bucket list, go for it. No tattoos for me.

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  5. I don't have any tattoos and I promised my mother I would never get one. She had a bad one and regretted getting it. At my age it's just out of the question. I've seen some very nice ones though and think some are very well done. Hey, it's your body so do what you want. You only go around once so you might as well enjoy the ride.

    Have a fabulous day and thank you for your nice comment this morning. I appreciate it. ☺

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  6. Nope, don't have one. Never will. I'm one of those crazies who believes God made my body the way it is because it's awesome that way, and I wouldn't do a thing to change it. (Well, I mean, beyond living healthy and maintaining muscles, etc.)

    My hubby works in the business world, and he says tattoos are a big deterrent to employers. Maybe keep that in mind when choosing where to get the tattoo--if you plan to be a serious business man. ;)

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  7. Be careful, what you wish for ... don't do it unless you are absolutely sure ... much like engagement and marriage ... I have a few tattoos ... love them and hate them as well ...

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  8. I like your choice. I don't have any tattoos, and will probably never get one, unless it's a couple of paw prints on top of my foot. :-) I think well-done tattoos can look really good.

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  9. I'm not a big fan of tattoos and no I don't have any.
    My son has LOTS of them. Both of his arms are covered in them.

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  10. Though I went through a phase when I considered getting a tattoo, I never did and, frankly, am glad now that I didn't. They are permanent and that bothers me. I also don't like the colors,- kinda creepy as someone else noted above.
    I will add that I like scars. I have several and I wear them proudly. They say to me that I endured (and, in one case, survived) major pain and they mean I was, at one time, broken but now am functional (if not whole) again. Tattoos? Tattoos don't have that meaning to me. About the only tattoo that appeals to me now would be one that I would get to physically hold a loved one who has died.
    But, that is me. Hats off to anyone who wants and gets a tattoo for their own reasons.

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  11. When choosing a tattoo, it's good to go for something you know will resonate with you for a loooong time. I'd say this is a good choice in that regard.

    Have a great week, Keith!

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  12. I hate tattoos - they are so yesterday - I would never have one. My plumber has both his forearms covered - one of them is a picture of Shakespeare (I bet he has never read Shakespeare in his life). Don't do it.

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  13. Please think this through carefully! I would say, please don't do it!

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  14. I don't mind tattoos as long as there is a meaning to them. I don't things like random tribal tattoos people got because they thought they looked cool. I want tattoos to be a symbol of something. With that said, there is a tattoo I would like one day when I build up the courage. So I'll probably never get it really.

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  15. I don't mind them but would probably never do it. For one you don't know what it actually does to the body and two you don't know where those needles have been. As for pain, that wouldn't bother me one bit.

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  16. That's a reflective tattoo idea. I had an Indian Ink tattoo I did myself in highschool (eesh), but I had it removed when I was grown...$600 later (and it was little!).

    My started getting them when he joined the military and he loves them. In fact, I saw him this weekend and he had a brand new one on his forearm.

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  17. I wore a fake tattoo sleeve one day the last week of school and it looked so real people flipped! It was funny to see their reactions.

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  18. i don't have one. i've never felt so strongly about something to even put a bumper sticker on my car, much less ink on my person.

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  19. Too permanent for me! And what texwis said. :)

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  20. As far as tatoos go, I like your idea. Namaste is a wonderful thought. None for me, though - I've never been fond of them.

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  21. I don't have any, nor do I plan on getting any. But I think "Namaste" is a good choice.

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  22. I like tattoos - especially when they are well done and meaningful. I've heard a tattoo on the rib cage is REALLY painful so you might want to explore where on the body a tattoo is not so painful - unless of course you don't mind the pain! I've always wanted a tattoo but I can't think of anything I want permanently on my skin...

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  23. i dont have one...almost got one once...i think if you get one make sure its something you can live with as they are not easy to remove...but there are some pretty amazing body art out there....

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  24. I am getting a heart with David's name on my breast.... that is fleshy enough so I hope it doesn't hurt too much. I plan to get that before the end of the year;-)

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  25. So cool and what a beautiful choice: Namaste. It looks balanced and strong in Sanskrit. Will you please share a photo when you do it Keith?

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  26. I don't have any tattoos and never really had the urge to get one. Even if I wanted one, I think I'd be too afraid of the pain to go through with it! I do like this one and I think it will look great. I never knew the actual definition of namaste - I love it!

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  27. I like your choice. Thought about getting one myself but have never been able to decide what I'd like to say, and keep saying. I think my values are fairly stable just that my interests wander widely.

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  28. I like the idea of your inner forearm. Very nice choice as well!

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  29. I personally do not like tats. This is a really neat one though!

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  30. I'm not a tattoo person, but Namaste is a lovely word, with lovely connotations. My yoga teacher says it at the end of each session.

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  31. I have no problem with other people's tats. I waffle on getting one myself. Two things stop me - the pain, and the chance I won't like it years from whenever I get it. I had a henna tattoo once and I liked that. :)

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  32. I love a little ink....but not too much. My tatt is over 20 years old now and it still holds great meaning for me.
    Can you access my new blog from this link in your comments? Hope so....

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  33. Go for it!!! I've always wanted one too! I think I'm going to get a butterfly because they represent change. I have no idea where I want it though...

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  34. Well being a little bit older than you Keith my first instinct was to say OUCH but having two daughters with multiple tatts I say go for it, it was very important to them to show their independence, there own style and in my one daughters case her artistic ability, she designs her own. Yours sounds very meaningful. I still think ouch myself:) B

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  35. Some tattoos are lovely. .. I'm not a big fan of needles and would never have one myself. I love the spirituality of Namaste though.

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  36. I've seen people with tattoos that look great, and some not so much. It's a tricky form of art because of its permanent properties. Personally I think I would not want to get a tattoo on my body, because I don't know if a few years from now I will not want it there. I have thought about it a few times, a little symbol, but it would be so secret to me I wouldn't feel comfortable to explain it to anyone close in my life. So I figured, if the thought of explaining it is so terrifying maybe I shouldn't.
    I don't like body modifications of any kind, so sometimes I wish I didn't get my ears pierced when I was a child. It was something my parents decided for me, and in a way I wish they waited and let me decide if I wanted to be able to wear earnings or not. Tattoos are similar in that way.

    I think if someone wants to get a tattoo, they should wait a few years before going through with it. You never know what will happen a few years from now, and you might change your mind.

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  37. Congrats for your (future) first tattoo! I love tattoos, I think as my Dad said nowadays they are like some "body-jewellery". Our body -just as our soul- is something what we have only for the time we are alive, and I think it is nice to express our inner believes in form of tattoos if we want, or use tattos just as some sort of artistic decoration.

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  38. Go for it! Namaste is a cool symbol with a deep meaning. Just be prepared to explain what it is and what it means, cause everybody's going to ask :)

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  39. I guess I don't believe in tattoos - but if I did I would have the name breathe tattooed on the inside of the wrist! sandie

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  40. Looks like at will take a lot of ink...looks painful. If i were to get one...which I will not...it would be so tiny even I would not be able to see it .

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  41. I'd never get one, I must be from a different generation!

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  42. I don't have any, but I thought about getting one when I was in college. Can't wait to see the results! :)

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  43. I have a small Buddha (about 2-1/2") on the inside of my left arm just below the bend in my elbow. He's a constant reminder for me to be mindful...and he's always smiling. ;D

    Tattoos are forever, so be sure what you want and where you want it. I like the Namaste symbol, and have always loved the message...

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  44. I don't mind if other people get tattoos, but I'd never do it. I just don't have any interest in it. If it makes you happy, go for it!

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  45. Husband has one. I like his. Not me. Way too chicken. I don't like pain. At all. I don't even have pierced ears. I like your choice. And under your collarbone or maybe ribcage. That way it's special for you. And whoever you choose to see it. Unless it's summer, of course.

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  46. No, I don't have any tattoos, but have seen some that are very beautiful! What an interesting word, I have learned something here today. Would it be black? I think of your areas under consideration, I would choose an area that would be the least painful and also the least susceptible to infection. Also if on your rib cage, not as many people would see it. Let us see when you get it!!! We have so many tattoo parlors around here, they are everywhere.

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  47. I have been in love with Body Art for quite some time. I do not have nearly as much Ink as I would like but I am working on it. :]

    The ribcage would be pretty cool placement, as is the forearm.

    I will add though, make sure you want it. I am also working on a removal, and laser removal is about a bajillion times more painful and costly than an actual tattoo.

    Not really a fan of Kat Von D...but this is a pretty accurate quote..
    “I am a canvas of my experiences, my story is etched in lines and shading, and you can read it on my arms, my legs, my shoulders, and my stomach.”
    ― Kat Von D

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  48. I have two and had them for years and no regrets. Both are on my upper arms. I am not keen on them being too visible and I think forearms are too visible. Well, you will be popular if you visit India.

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  49. You have selected a wonderful word (I´ve always loved its meaning), and the sanskrit symbol looks beautiful.

    I don´t like (or hate) tattoos, some of them are wonderful, and I love when they tell a story. Indeed, I think they should say something about the person who is going to get it as they are deeply symbolic and is a way to communicate something to the world.

    I don´t have any, I am a perfectionist so I am not able to get something that is forever and could be not as good as I think it should be... I am learning to trust life, the universe and even my own process but I am not ready to trust a tattoo artist yet ;)

    On the other hand, I am highly concerned with how my energy flows and how can certain things (not only tattoos but also foods or personal habits) can influence on it, for better or for worse. So, even in case that I would have been decided to get one, I should be sure about this

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  50. Namaste Keith :)
    Nay..I Don't have one, neither would ever dare to get one..it's damn scaryyy :P

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  51. I have eleven; being friends with a tattoo artist helps. All of mine can be covered if needs be. I will say the collar bones hurt, as does the back. However, the can be addictive.

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  52. I'm not a tat kinda gal, but I LOVE people who are and regret them later 'cause my husband's business is makin' some serious bucks doing laser tat removal!!!!!

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  53. No tattoos here, and no plans to get one. My husband and I were talking about this subject recently. It's interesting to see how this has become a bigger trend in recent years.

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  54. I have five - two on my back, one on my hip, one on my stomach and one on my ankle - and I'd love a couple more. I'm not sure you can have just one - if you've really considered it and aren't likely to change you're mind immediately (I was 27 when I had my first ones) then you definitely start thinking about the next one pretty quickly.

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  55. I don't have one :) but good luck :)

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  56. Love it! I have 2. One I love and the other I'd love to have gone. Just make sure you won't regret it! Namaste is perfect though. Love the meaning!

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  57. I don't have a tattoo but have thought about getting one. I would probably get a grim reaper if I did get one. I just like them, but I'm not so good with pain, so I'll probably be tattoo free for life.

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  58. I myself would never get a tattoo. And I am not a fan of tattoos in packs, like sleeve tattoos. However , a good introspective tattoo is very intriguing! I love your idea! If I was ever to get one in my second life, I am definitely going to get a Mermaid on my side!

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  59. I think you did a good choice, such a meaningful symbol it's a thing you never regret.
    I have lots of tattoos, each one have a special meaning for me. I have a tattoo of Siddhartha, and the Indian goddess Kali, that is an universe of symbolism and meanings. My last one was a picture of Edgar Allan Poe.

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  60. I really like that symbol. Inner arm.
    I won't get a tat. I don't like the thought of how it'll all look when I'm old and sagging everywhere. Haha. But, hey. I say go for it! This one looks classy. ;)

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  61. I love it!! Great choice! I like the forearm or collarbone. Ribcage is cool too!
    I have 8 tattoos! Once you get one you can't stop!

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  62. Keith,

    I cannot stand tattoos. Although, I respect your choice. Have the tattoo placed on your forehead :)

    I really have to start asking a question at the end of my postings. Very clever, my friend.

    In peace,

    Gary

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  63. If I were to get a tattoo I certainly would have chosen what you have...a great word. I am not for permanent tattoos at all even though I have liked many...temporary tattoos, on the other hand, could be fun. I don't like the idea of injecting metal based dyes under the skin...For namaste I probably would choose forearm : )

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  64. If I am still alive, I would love to get one.

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  65. I think that tattoos are a great form of art.
    There are wonderful masterpieces in one's skin.
    However, it is permanent and has to be thought through.
    Then about any colours or shadings, it has do be renewed from time to time. With the years passing by, the colour, ink tends to fade out / blend.

    I think it is a wonderful idea.
    The ribcage has to be one of the most painful spots as it has less flesh than the inner-forearm. Below the colarbone is a less exposed spot and I think it would look totally awesome.

    If I ever get one...well i'ld maybe get two with a meaning :
    - Two ribbons together
    - And the other one, I'll let you guess, my friend.

    Many blessings !

    Wishing you all best,

    Life

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  66. Good for you putting some thought into this. I got a tattoo in my early 20's, basically walked into a shop and got'er done with next to no thought at all! silly me. Luckily it worked out with no regrets. it's a daisy which is both a flower (which of course you know I love flowers) and the english translation of my name. I was named after my grandma so I quite like having that little reminder on my skin.

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  67. I had thought about getting a tattoo many years ago. Could never decide on what I wanted and since it is permanent wanted it to be something that meant something. In the end just never did it. My husband on the other had has 7 or 8 of them. Most of them mean something to him. He has his mom's name circled with roses her favorite flower, she died when he was 10. He has the claddagh which is my wedding ring that he had made for me. He has a girlie mountain goat to celebrate the birth of our daughter (because she is a Capricorn and that she is totally a child of the mountains). Those are the ones that mean the most. He also has the chain ring of his bike tattooed on his right calf (that's the funny one) and then he has some that are just without thought.
    Many years ago I read an article. The jist of it is about a teenager who had wanted a tattoo until she learned the meaning of the numbers tattooed on (this is what I don't remember who it was so bear with me...) her grandmothers arm. Grandma had been in a concentration camp in WWII. Makes a person think.
    Good luck with decided where. Can't wait to see what you decide.
    Jen

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  68. Honestly, I'm not too excited about tattoos. The process to have them removed can be very painful, so I hear, should one decide their tattoo is no longer appropriate.

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  69. I have four ... all across my shoulder blades and base of my neck. None of them hurt me, but the sound of the needle buzzing in my ear gave me the goosebumps! LOL!!

    Everyone has a story, a theory, a myth, what they've heard on tats...etc ...

    but here is my take :)

    I got them on the bone part of my body... and a place that doesn't necessarily get "fat" -- cuz we all know fattened out tats aren't attractive :)

    Some will say the bone hurts more
    Some will say the fatty parts hurt more
    Some will say neither hurts and to suck it up :)

    It's totally up to you

    I chose a spot that again doesn't 'normally' get fat
    I've given birth to 3 kids (obviously you don't have to worry about that! LOL) .... but I didn't want to choose a spot that would get fat, and then with work would get skinny/tight again... I can't even imagine what a tat would look like with that stretching :) I can't imagine what all those girls that got tats at 18 across their belly, their back look like after a few kids :) So shoulders and neck for me :)

    Also make sure you choose your tat well ... you DO NOT want to regret your design ... it cost a lot more to remove it than to put it on.. just ask Angelina Jolie :)

    My four all have special meanings ... one has Adam's name (and ohhhhhhhhh do I hear about that from woman, thinking I have a 'man's' name tattooed on me ... not realizing it's my SON!! LOL!!), one has an angel for a child that was lost, and one is a theater mask after another child that was lost along the way ... my neck on is my animal totem, an albino gecko :)

    So there you have it ... do you research, make sure you pick a spot YOU are happy with, choose your design well, and when you get to that tattoo parlor, they will draw out your design first ... if you ARE NOT happy with the way they drew it, don't stay and have them do it ... you will regret it ... and you are under no obligation for them to do your tat :)

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  70. It sounds like you have done some serious thinking, that a tattoo would be meaningful for you. I say go for it, especially if it is on your bucket list. But I am not into tattoos for myself personally. Different strokes for everyone though.

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  71. I have one on my shoulder blade that I got when I was in the Army. I think Namaste would be a perfect tat.

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  72. Just remember, a tattoo is forever. Is this something you would want when you are old and the skin is less tight? I've had a few henna tattoos and found myself scrubbing my skin red trying to get these things off after a week. You will look at this for the rest of your life.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/06/musical-monday-lets-do-time-warp-again.html

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  73. 27 years in the Navy and I don't have a single tattoo. Almost got one once, but I wasn't THAT drunk. That being said, I try not to be "that old guy" who hates them, either. My 18 year old daughter has two of them and I hate them. Whoops. Guess I AM that old guy. But, make your choice and go for it if you wish. And don't let any old guys talk you out of it.

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  74. Oweeeeee! Either place sounds painful. BUT, the idea of the tattoo is great!

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  75. I have a tattoo or 2 or 7 ;) Namaste is an excellent choice--anything in Sanskrit is stunning, especially when it is such a simple, honorable greeting. Forearm tattoos are very "in" and I think if you are okay with the tattoo showing, get it there. Many (myself included) would say the ribs hurt like a bugger and you might want to try a different area for a start, but it's well worth. However, with namaste, I say you show it!
    My final warning about tattoos: once you get one, you will want many, many more. Enjoy and do your research on the shop/artist prior to getting it!

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  76. Hmmm... never thought about it... Sounds intriguing and with a bit of mystery and danger... Probably the reality is much more prosaic... :-)

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  77. I've heard that once you get a tattoo it's addicting and you want more. :)

    I like the amount of thought that you put into your tattoo. I think it's great when a tattoo has meaning to people.

    I don't know if I would ever get one, but if I did I've thought about getting one on my ribcage. I would get something a little on the smaller side. I'd want either a breast cancer ribbon, as my mom is a breast cancer survivor, or something to symbolize my faith.

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  78. I'm not into tattoos but as long as you put it somewhere that can be covered, it's your prerogative. I think it's wise to realize that there may be occasions when you don't want to show it, or styles may change like they did after WWII when only old sailors had tattoos.

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  79. Yaaaay! 2013 was the year I finally decided that I WANT a tattoo. I don't know when it will happen, but finally making the decision was freeing for me. Good luck with yours. I hope that you are very pleased with it.

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  80. That is a nice symbol, Keith. A perfect one for a tattoo. I have never had a tattoo, nor do I see one in my future, but never say never. My children all have tattoos. Meaningful ones like yours. But yes, do be mindful of where you put it. It's hard to see into the future, but someday you may regret placement someplace obvious. xo

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  81. I have four, one on each ankle, approximately 1-3 of my back has cherry blossoms, and a small saying in Latin on my ribs. I only semi-regret one, and it's because it wasn't 100% what I wanted. I think they are beautiful though, tattoos. All that matters is what you want, not us.

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  82. For myself, I see nothing wrong with having a tattoo; I guess that's why I have so many.

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  83. Hi Keith - good for you .. and enjoy your choice of location! Sounds like the dream will be fulfilled ..

    I thought you might like to read Judy's description of why she's recently had one done, and why her mother at 79 has had one!
    http://www.judycroome.com/2013/05/tattoo-tuesday-2.html

    They're not for me .. but fine for everyone else! Cheers Hilary

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  84. The best tattoo is in my heart :-) And there is LOVE in every languages, and there can be also Namaste ;-)
    Happy day my friend! My soul is telling Namaste to yours :)

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  85. I have to say I react badly to them - prejudice I know, but its hard. I many places (both in the world and on the body) they are job killers. But I assume you know this already!

    Good luck with it anyway.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  86. Nice tattoo and meaning. I have nothing against tattoos, I just am a chicken and would never get one myself.

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  87. Never saw the point in them myself

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  88. If the right one came along I'd be tempted

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  89. Namaste. It is an ego-free connection. Most people don't understand the true meaning of this word. If they did, they would understand that hurting somebody else's soul means hurting their own soul. But their little man distorts their view of the world, so they don't understand the concept.

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  90. The stigma on tats has long gone and I hope you do get one since it is what you want. I once thought about it but never took the plunge.

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  91. I told myself that I was going to get one this year, but I can't decide on the design. I want too many different things. hahaha I like your idea. I hope you get it! :)

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  92. Forearm for sure! This is a great choice!

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  93. Namaste to you , in India we greet each other with Namaste :)

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  94. I have no idea about piercing tattoo… but my brother have one on arms. Glad you chose the word Namaste which we use here to welcome others.

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  95. I really like this idea! I do want to get a tattoo but I'm not sure what I would have. I think it would have to be something quite meaningful like yours, although I have toyed with getting my favourite word, illuminating, before! - Tasha xxx

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  96. I quite like the idea of a small tattoo of either a bird or a dolphin on a shoulder blade, but I'll never have it done!

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  97. I toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo years ago, but never did, simply because they're too permanent. What seems like a good idea at one time may end up being a huge regret later. However, our daughter and one of our sons have tattoos. My father had one, too, and I can still picture how sad that tattoo looked when he was lying in bed dying.

    If you're determined to get that tattoo, you might wait until you meet Ms. Right. Then, maybe the two of you could get matching ones? (However, that's not always a great idea, either. Our son and his first wife did that. BIG tattoos, too. Let's just say his second wife isn't a huge fan of it. The tattoo may be permanent, but the first marriage wasn't.)

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  98. Namaste is a beautiful word. Regarding tattoos, well, I'm not a fan but I don't judge people who have them. It's their prerogative.

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  99. I've never gotten one. I've thought about it, but there has never been anything I felt that committed to having so I haven't taken the leap. Plus, my husband doesn't care for them. Some tattoos look great to me, others not so much!

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  100. I have one. Put it on my stomach in case I ever decided I hated it, no one else would see it. Glad I did, because I don't like it 15 years later. However, I would totally get another one if I ever found something I really loved.

    I just advise you to think long and hard about what you want and where. Once started, no going back. And if you do get one, please share the photo :)

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  101. I am thinking of getting one that says 'I am, I am, I am' it's a Sylvia Plath quote from The Bell Jar, the full quote is "I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am." I really love Sylvia's writing!

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  102. I do have one...its a regret so make sure you won't regret it!!

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  103. Well, I don't have a tattoo because i believe that my body is too pure for anything like a permanent ink. But in the end it's always upto you whether you would tolerate one or not. And I might add, it's a very good word you are opting for. Just like your blog, this word is optimistic !

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  104. I think that is the perfect tattoo!

    I have several tattoos and only regret one. ha ha!

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  105. I love the idea of a tattoo, but hate the idea of unnecessary pain to my body, so on that basis, have decided not to. Have always loved the idea of a dove or butterfly on my ankle though for some reason, despite it all.

    Namaste is a wonderful tattoo to have... enjoy! :)

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  106. We'd better see a pic when you get it!

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  107. Me and a needle??? Noooooo!!!
    But I'm sure your tattoo will look very nice.

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  108. I have mixed thoughts on tattoos, one of those things that I was brought up young never to do, but have admired many and in my 20s seriously thought of getting one and decided I might not like it much as I got older.
    I like it when someone just has one or two, I don't like to see tattoos everywhere on someone-I think of tattoos as being personal so if I had one, would not want it to be seen easily by others.
    interesting discussion

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  109. Namaste- hello in India :)
    aww I feel good that you are getting that..

    I'll get one some day.. don't know when.

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  110. It is a nice one and it has meaning to you.

    I always wanted a tattoo but still haven't gotten one, I just want a tiny star...

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  111. When I saw the Sanskrit, I envisioned it on your forearm before you even listed it as a possibility.

    xx
    LuLu
    Breakfast After 10

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  112. The idea has always intrigued me, but nope..not gonna happen. I've seen what happens to them as people age. (Not to mention I am a woos about pain.)

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  113. I love tattoos, when they're done tastefully. I have one on my ankle and I love it! It represents me and explains me without words.

    I see all the people that say it's not for them, but I think it's because a lot of people think that tattoos are just these dumb things that people get. Tattoos should be an extension of yourself and something that shouldn't be taken lightly.

    I love that you are getting such an optimistic word. It's definitely an extension of you! And just beware, getting it on your rib cage or underneath your collar bone will hurt pretty bad since it's on an area that's not too fleshy. Hope you show us all pictures!

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  114. Well, if my 79 year old Mom can get a tattoo that inspired me (a notorious pain coward!) to get not one but two tattoos, then I'm sure you'll find it painless! My Mom's is on her ankle,I had mine done one one each inner forearm - I *love* that you're getting the sanskrit symbol for Namaste tattooed - a wonderful reminder that we all have the Divine within us.

    Namaste! :)

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  115. That is a beautiful word/message ~ But I don't have a tattoo and will not get one ~

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  116. I've toyed with the idea of getting tattoos from time to time. I wanted some phrase or word from the countries I've stayed in but the more I thought about it two things kept me from it: what if there was something lost in the translation and it looked cool to me but if someone who knew the language saw it and thought it was funny that I had some dumb saying...then I thought of touching up tattoos for the rest of my life and the thrill really diminished for me.

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  117. I'm not a fan of tattoos for a number of reasons but I love the symbol and it's meaning that you've chosen, if you do decide to get one. One of my fav words.

    I do yoga on a regular basis and the last pose of my routine ends in the prayer pose, contemplating the word: Namaste.

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  118. that sounds like a nice idea, i'd go for the inner arm! i don't think i'll ever get a tattoo, even though i occasionally think about them:-) x

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  119. It is a very nice sentiment and if you want a tatto then go for it. At least you would never regret the word which you probably would if you had the name of your ( perhaps to become ex ) lover engraved somewhere!

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  120. Never have; never will. Did you know you can't be a blood donor if you have a tat?...

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  121. Hi Keith! I don't have a tattoo but sometimes I fantasize about having one. One day - who knows? ;P I loved your idea of tattooing 'Namaste' :)

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  122. I get bored too quickly for permanent designs, but I'd probably get a QR code, then I could constantly change the website it links to with different images I would like as a tattoo for the time being.

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  123. I have seen many beautiful tattoos, but I just can't think of something I would want on my body permanently.

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  124. this will be very cool and different...if you want questions, put it where it shows, if you don't want to have to answer questions, put it in a private place.

    My tattoo is on my left upper arm, very tiny...my husband's signature. He has mine in the same place.

    One of these days I'll remove it..getting too old I think to be having a tattoo, so I kind of wish it was in a private place..think hard about that, although different on a guy for sure.

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  125. Inner forearm for sure!
    I don't have any tattoos but I do appreciate them on others. Never say never, right? :)

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  126. Not for me, but if I were to get one, Namaste would be right up there! Good luck! ;))

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  127. Inner upper arm.

    That's my vote. :-)

    Pearl

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  128. I'm gonna go with rib cage. Couple reasons. First, it's sexier there. Second, It's near the heart, and other vital organs. Inner arm would be cool too... to always be remembering that namaste is more than a word it's an action. In a visible spot to see and remember it and in a place where action often takes place. A place of reaching, helping, doing.

    I'd have ink were it not expensive, or I not dirt poor. Tree of life up my spine and a moon of cherry blossoms in the sky of my shoulder with an owl hovering in front of it. All in the swirly outliers of eastern body art. Monochrome. henna-ish-y. Peacock feather starting at my inner wrist and twisting around so that it overtakes my upper arm. Ohm symbol on the other wrist. Kundalini serpent tramp stamp. Too many options, 98 pounds of flesh. So I rememain plain. :)

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  129. No tattoos for moi, but it's a personal decision for each individual. Have you seen the video "Yoga Girl"? As a yoga practioner, I have to admit, I was amused : )

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  130. I have a tattoo and at some point thought of having it removed because it was paid for by someone I thought a friend but turned out to be something else unfortunately. I like the word "Namaste". I use it with some of the Hindu parents I work with. Many thanks. Lovely post.

    Greetings from London.

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  132. No, I won't get a tattoo. There have been many fads, they come and go. My need for independence and autonomy motivates me to not follow the crowd. The difference in following this fad is that tattoos don't disappear with the passage of time.

    Secondly, my faith instructs me not to get one.

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  133. nope- no tattoos for me unless they are temporary henna....tattoos don't wear well and actually morph after a few decades! BUt- hey- I'm not gonna tell anyone else what to do! Enjoy your weekend!

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  134. I'm not so keen seeing them on women. My cousin got one on her forearm, a kind of dragon running vertically down. It looked not so bad with sleeveless tops but she chose to wear a lemon silk suit with 3/4 sleeves (to a wedding) and the dark block colours clashed hideously. When the photos come out it looked liked she had a huge bruise in certain ones. Not very fetching at all.

    It broke my heart when my older son come home with his name in big Celtic font style letters down his inner forearm. I burst out crying. All I could picture was the smooth, perfect, peachy cuddly skin he was born with now all tainted and abused! Just the maternal bit still kicking in there!

    But go for it - there are worse things you could be doing to your body!

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  135. I don't really mind tattoos when they're small and can be covered with clothing when the occasion calls for it. I'm not a fan of full body art or tattoos that cover the entire arm, leg, back, etc... and I am strongly against having one on my own body (I've had enough needles and have enough scars thank ya very much!). I do personally know way too many people who had tattoos done as teens and in their early 20's who regret them and wish they could take back having them done, so I think it's wise to wait at least until you've established a maturity of sorts to really decide you want something permanent etched on your body.

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  136. I don't mind them as long as they are thought out. Too many people just get one to get one. They are young, and put something on there that later they regret.

    My sister now is getting laser treatments to cover up a tiny green lizard she got on her ankle when she was 18, or so. It's taken a lot of treatments.

    My husband has a few he didn't think about. I don't think he regrets them, but I do for him.

    I've seen really cool ones to though. They artistic, thought out symbols, or people's names to remember.

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  137. I have always been a lover of tattoos. Didn't get my first one til I was 40,2nd one at 50 and in two tears I'll get my third. I think tats are something you either love or hate. I think that they should have meaning behind them and NEVER get someone's name put on you unless it's a family member. Never a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend. Can't wait to see yours.

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  138. I'm not sure a tattoo is your style. Is it? :)

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  139. Not a tattoo fan. I think skin is sacred. To me nothing is more beautiful than beautiful, unmarked skin. But I still respect others' desires to express themselves in this way. I just would never do it myself. (And I hope my daughters don't choose to do it either!!!)

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  140. Your tattoo is going to look beautiful, Keith! A few weeks ago I was scanning the television and started watching the last few episodes of a tattoo competition show. I loved seeing the different interpretations, creativity, and styles. I have a humble butterfly on my ankle. Just the outline. When I got it a loooong time ago, for some reason I didn't want it colored in. I just wanted the simple outline that I saw when I was looking through the book of designs. I don't regret it. I do notice that over time, it has gotten worn looking. After watching the tattoo show, I've had an itch to get another!

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  141. Beautiful. I think the inner-forearm is the perfect place.

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  142. I might get a gnome someday :-)

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  143. I do have a very small tattoo on my ankle. I can't believe I did it, it was completely unplanned. I took my son off to college and he wanted one so I went with him to make sure he didn't get something stupid and somehow he talked me into one after he got his done. I can use just the one end of a nude band aide to cover it, which I do when I dress up but sometimes I forget and people just freak out when they see it because they always say I don't seem like the type to get a tattoo. Whatever that means...which is maybe why I did it. I don't like stereotypes.

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  144. I have the word namaste tattooed on my right wrist - so, hey Keith, great taste xx ;)

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  145. Beautiful idea! I have a tattoo on my shoulder of three birds-inspired by "Hope is the thing with feathers"

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  146. I love tattoos! I have 6. I think that will be a cool one.

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  147. Keith - I switched from MetLife to Safeco, but my search isn't over.

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  148. I have one on my inner forearm that says, nosce te ipsum in grey script. Love it. If you are passionate about it, go for it!

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