Tattoo Inks: Is It Addicting?

Tattoo inks is it addicting

After getting my first tattoo at a young age, it was more or less to look cool and for a social statement after being a drummer for many years. I felt that once I got inked, I would come of age and stand in with the elite. Boy, was I wrong. I had realized it made me no different from the next person.

Time would pass many years before the thought would even cross my mind of getting another tattoo. I was young, wasn’t really making money, and I couldn’t afford the cost of adding new tattoos to my body.

I was definitely never into letting a friend experiment homemade tattoos on me with Indian ink, needle, and thread. Those never looked appealing to me, in fact I thought they looked a little desperate.

On the Journey to Addiction

Often, while I was out in public, I would see people with amazing tattoos and I would think, wow the tattoo world is so different and the art is amazing. I was really starting to take an interest in the ink world, and I wanted in.

I had a twinkle in my eye and a feeling inside that I couldn’t explain. I knew I wasn’t going to be happy until I fulfilled that feeling.

I started to do my research and I realized that I never knew how many tattoo designs there are. After months of thought and research, I thought I was ready, but I was not prepared for what was to come. When the needle hit my skin, a wave of excitement washed over me. A feeling known to anyone who is in love with getting inked.

There’s an internal battle that goes on during the inking process; fighting the pain of the needles, combined with a huge adrenaline rush. With that work completed, I went home floating on this huge cloud, and found myself back at the tattoo shop a week later getting another one done.

Something inside me changed and I couldn’t stop it. I was spending lots of time at the tattoo shop getting inked and not counting the amount of money and huge tips I was giving to my artist.

I was on my 11th tattoo in one months time and the ink was still very fresh and healing in all of them. A friend one day said to me, “As much as I love your tattoos, don’t you think maybe you should take a break? You’re spending a lot of money and I think your getting addicted to it.”

I really thought he was crazy. Addicted? It’s not like I’m doing drugs or drinking. After having dinner with him that night I went home to give his comments a lot of thought.

What Does it Mean to be Addicted

Addiction: A dysfunction in the circuitry of the brain that causes a person to pursue a particular action or substance because of the reward brought on by the substance, behavior, or activity.

There’s a lot more to the definition of addiction, but I think you get it. Yes, I had become addicted to tattoos, and I couldn’t stop. When I sat down and played the tapes, I had realized I almost sensed a sort of withdraw symptom. If I wasn’t feeling the needles or getting that rush of adrenaline, I would feel empty inside.

I took a look at my bank statement and realized how much money I spent on my ink and I couldn’t believe it. Needless to say, I wasn’t keeping track of my financial situation. As much as I love tattoos, I knew I was out of control and that I had to put the brakes on it for a while.

I must say, it was very hard when my friends would come up to me and show me their new ink. A wave of emotions would grip me, making me want to call my artist and set up an appointment, but I knew I couldn’t. It took some time, but I was able to overcome the urges and regain my control.

 

I’m Not Alone In This

With the boom of normalcy of tattoos in today’s society, people will say “I’m getting a tattoo.” No. You’re getting your first tattoo andย  others will follow. Today, other than bikers and rockstars, you will see athletes and celebrities with multiple tattoos.

Some believe it’s a rite of passage; a self-expression to be able to say I’m unique in my own way. Some will do it for pure attention, to get people to look and/or comment on their artwork.

There are some people who actually enjoy the process of getting inked. The pain of the needles actually become a pleasure by releasing endorphins, giving a natural high, and putting you into a euphoric state.

I have a friend who was getting them simply for stress relief. Studies have also shown that people with low self-esteem tend to get inked for emotional restoration.

There are some people who find themselves boring looking, or just cannot stand the site of themselves, and will use tattooing as a form of transformation. There is a woman dubbed the Blue-eyed White Dragon by her friends who developed a tattoo addiction at the age of sixteen.

She stated that she didn’t like her boring blonde hair and pale skin, so she went as far as to risk going bling by having her eyes inked blue. Now at the age of 23, she has spent over 8,000 dollars on her 50 tattoos, and states she has no regrets.

There is a financial commitment that sometimes has to be made before falling into tattoo addiction, and one must decide if they can can afford it.

We sometimes see people who will get a tattoo before paying their bills, or bite nails until their next tax return comes in so they can run and get the next one.

I had a friend who cashed in some of his 401k so he could get a back piece done, and let me tell you, his wife was not happy when she found out.

Always Check Yourself

As much as I love to get inked, and enjoy every aspect of tattoos, today I always check myself first. I recommend the same to friends, or anyone for that matter. Are you putting yourself in a financial bind getting it?

Are you doing itย  for the high? Have you become addicted to it, and just can’t stop? Some even go as far as thinking that they have become disconnected and that their artist will abandon them. Whatever the case may be, always make sure you have your motives in check before running out for the next one.

As always your thoughts and comments are encouraged.

Keep Rocking,

David

 

 

48 Replies to “Tattoo Inks: Is It Addicting?”

  1. Hello David, thank you for this well thought out article. Deep down for years, I’ve always wanted at least one or two tattoos. My husband and I recently got our first tattoo, small ones, a few days ago and it was a great experience. I’m thinking of one more.. Your article has bought a new light to think about the cost, ideas of meaning, and how this can be addictive. I’ve seen a lot that are impressive, but I prefer the conservative tattoos. Thank you for explaining how tattooing can be an addiction like other drug/gambling problem.

    1. Hello Edie. Your welcome I’m happy you enjoyed the article. That’s really awesome you and your husband got your first ones and It sounds like you had a great artist who was able to make it a great experience. There’s nothing wrong with being bit by the tattoo bug just always check your motives and don’t let it control your life. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  2. Yeah, I have heard of these kinds of stories where you get addicted to getting tattoos. Just wondering is it the same with getting yourself pierced?

    By the way, that’s exactly how I think when I see someone covered in tattoos – that guy must have spent quite a bit on his skin, haha!

    1. Hello Crystal. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes piercings also can be addicting I have family members and friends who many piercings. When do see someone you can rest assure he or she has put a lot of money into them. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  3. I can really see how it can become addicting. I only have two and I keep saying it’s a good thing I’m broke and have touch-ups to do first because there are definitely others I want to get. To each their own but I find the story of the Blue-eyed White Dragon a little sad…so young…and so many kids getting them too. Again, to each their own but I have a rule with my kids… it’s your body, do what you like but no permanent body mods until you’re 18. … Really good article. Thanks for sharing your story.

    1. Hello Tricia. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes it can become addicting like anything else and you should check your motives when your getting them. The blue eyed white dragon girl has no regrets and is really happy with it. I’m happy with your choice and have shared with your children your guide lines if they want ink. Again thank you for taking the time to visit my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  4. Hi David, it’s great that you have friends who are willing to go out on a limb and say something to help you even though it may have been hard for you to hear initially. That’s the sign of a true friend.

    I’ve often seen people covered in tattoos and wondered if it might have been something of an addiction, but wasn’t really sure if that could be something addictive? I guess anything can become an addiction based on the definition. It might be clothes shopping, collecting things, or plastic surgery procedures. A whole range of things.

    I think the questions you ask are good ones, and I notice in the comments the thought starters for people’s kids who might be considering getting a tattoo.

    1. Hello Melissa. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes like everything else it can become an addiction. It doesn’t always mean if they’re covered in tattoos they are addicted it’s really about are you checking your motives before going. As a person with many tattoos I share the same thoughts about children when it comes to getting inked with my three daughters I will have the same type of conversations when they are ready to get them. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  5. Hey David!

    Before reading this article, I never thought that you can be addicted to getting tattoos.

    I remember getting a tattoo at the age of 5, but it was made with just a marker or something like that, so it was gone after about a week. But I still remember the feeling of satisfaction I got back then.

    So far, I never had a real tattoo, so I’m fine right now ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hello German. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I started young to by drawing them on myself. For some a tattoo is not their thing and one shouldn’t get one because others do. Again thank you for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  6. Nice post! I have 3 tattoos and have been waiting years to get another. Hopefully soon!

    It was funny when my mother went and got her first tattoo 7 years ago. Now she has 6. How the times had changed for her lol.

    1. hello Brandon. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Wow mom has 6 now yes how times have changed. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you’ll return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  7. Hi David.
    Interesting topic. Addicted to being tattooed.
    I have one and I never got it completed lol just needed the size of $2coin to finish off lol
    Others in my family went to sleep! How? My brain can’t even fathom that lol
    My daughters have multiple tattoos all over and can’t wait to get more!
    I think its safe to say that I won’t get addicted to ink but some of our family members, maybe:)
    I respect the art. Freehand artists I find impressive and passionate.
    Maybe one day I will complete my tattoo. That actually would be a feel good ๐Ÿ™‚

    Di ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hello Diane. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes it is an interesting topic most people don’t even put the two together but yes it happens. I think I would agree you don’t show signs of getting addicted with not getting the one you have completed yet. That really is something that others in your family fell asleep during the session. I do hope you will one day get yours completed. Thank you again for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  8. Hi David, you make a really important and valid point here and you’ve made me see inking in a way I had never thought about. It makes sense that you could get addicted to it just like anything else in life. Even the needles for stress relief makes sense in an odd way as I’ve had acupuncture before and that kind of gives you that feeling too, so there’s definitely a connection.

    I can now understand the reasons behind why some people have their whole bodies covered in tattoo’s. I’m thinking there must be a cut off point where you simply have no room left on your body, what do you think?

    1. Hello Stefanie. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes the needles do act as a form of acupuncture. Yes there can be a cut off point as one man did after having 100% of his body covered in ink. Tattoos like everything else, like working out can get addictive. Again thank you so much For visiting my website and hope you’ll return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  9. Hi David! Great info you have here! I kinda relate to that, I had my very first tattoo at an earlier age.. Then added another one. When I was planning for my third, I was already thinking something bigger.. But I’m glad I didn’t do it. Coz if I did – it will continue on. Just like what you pointed out.. It may be addicting at some point.

    1. Hello Hanna. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I’m happy you were able to relate to this article. It sounds as if you needed to put the breaks on it for a bit. Again thank you for taking the time to visit my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  10. I just love, love, love that top image. She and her ink are simply gorgeous.

    My partner and I went to a tattoo expo a few years back here in Australia. There was a guy there that had been on the table for 8 hours that day getting a full leg and thigh tattoo.

    The poor guy and the artist looked absolutely shattered at about 4pm! I’m pretty sure he was addicted to be able to keep on going.

    That’s dedication for you. Keep up the good work, loving your site.

    1. Hello Hedi. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes tattoo expos are awesome and yes there really has to be a dedication for a client and artist doing that kind of work at one. I’m really happy you enjoy my website and hope you will continue to return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  11. As someone who is new to ink in general (just got my first), have you ever found that you’ve regretted any of your tattoos? If so, have you pursued getting them removed?

    The reason I ask is that I’m a few months in and got mine on a whim and I am not sure I should have. I’m wondering if I should give it more time or start considering pursuing other options.

    Have you ever had this kind of experience with yours?

    1. Hello Craig. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes I regret my first tattoo I hadn’t put any thought in it when I had got it. I wrote about that experience in my article getting your first tattoo you may be interested in reading. I have not had it removed. Yes getting a tattoo on whim can be troublesome with regrets later if your really not happy with it you can have it removed. Laser removal is a process to remove them but it can cause scarring. Again thank you so much for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  12. I have twin sisters that compete with their tattoos it’s hilarious but I can say they no longer look the same and we can tell who is Sarah and who is Tiffany now. So, definitely a good way to tell twins apart as well.

    1. Hello Brad. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I must say that’s a pretty good one. At least yes now you can tell your twin sisters apart, good thing they didn’t get identical tattoos. Again thank you so much for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  13. David, this is a great article, ink is art, I can see how you can get addicted to getting tattoos. I have never had any interest in getting a tattoo for myself, but I find them interesting to look at, like some of the pictures in your article.
    Great article
    Bob

    1. Hello Bob. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes there are some who don’t want tattoos but do love the art and like to admire it on others who have it. Again thank you for taking the time to visit my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  14. Hey David, All I can say is wow! I never knew that people get that much into tattoos. But Iately I see so many people with a LOT of tattoos. I’m not into tattoos myself but some that I see are awesome. I just think that some people do go overboard but it does make life interesting I guess!

    1. Hello Rob. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes people really do get into tattoos and the amount of people with multiple tattoos grows everyday. Again thank you for taking the time for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  15. Really good article! I have a couple of friends that say they just love the pain of going through it as there is nothing quite like it ! As weird as that sounds to me I can understand why. I guess I’ve also never quite thought of financial side to it, must be hard to afford it if you keep getting them constantly!

    1. Hello Jamie. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. There are people that simply do love the pain of the needles it’s an escape and an adrenaline rush. It can be costly and you need to know you can afford it. Again thank you for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  16. I never thought tattooing could become an addiction. Wow! Although I think some tattoos are so pretty, Iโ€™m scared to death of having one. Who knows in a couple of years? Great article, David.

    1. Hello Renata. Thank you for taking the time for reading my article. Tattoos can become very addicting. Some yes are very scared of getting them and there is nothing wrong with that at all it’s not for everyone. Again thank you for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  17. It’s so addicting!!! Oh my gosh. I have 15 tattoos. I started at 15 with a tiny moon on my ankle and 25 years later, small pieces are athing of the past lol.

    I have one artist 2000 miles away. She’s the only one I will go too. That’s how I stopped my addiction! I loved it. It’s like therapy to me. The chair, the smell, and the great conversation with my artist who is also one of my best friends.

    Great article. Definitely something everyone should be reading.

    1. Hello Sabrina. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. 15 tattoos are a lot.Yes for a lot of people it is therapy and you can have a lot of great conversations and meet a lot of great people in a tattoo shop. Again thank you so much for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  18. Wow, blue eyes, that must have hurt. I don’t have any tattoos but I do love looking at the artwork that can be produced and I totally get why they are called tattoo artists. I’m afraid I would never be someone who would enjoy that type of pain, I can’t stand normal needles so I don’t think i’ll be getting any artwork on my unmarked body unfortunately.

    1. Hello Sue. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes she had them inked blue she does state she couldn’t see right for three weeks. I totally understand for some people tattoos are not for them and I find with most it’s getting past the needles. Again thank you so much for visiting my website and hope you will return for future Articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  19. Hi David! Thank you for sharing this informative post. A few years ago I was thinking about getting a tattoo, not a big one but still. The reason for not getting one was because I was just too scared about getting addicted to it. I’ve heard about people not being able to stop getting tattos once they have started and that kinda freaked me out. Another reason was that I thought I might regret it one day without ever being able to remove it, except with laser removal. So here I am, still not tatted up though I really enjoy watching people getting new tattoos, it’s just art and I love it!

    1. Hello Ruya. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I’m happy you put thought into getting a tattoo and that you recognized that it can become addictive, but I have seen many people who wanted one and hasn’t gotten anymore. You shared you may not be also happy with it and would have to have it removed. I will be doing an article soon on a company that does temporary ones you wear for a bit to see if you would like it or not. Again thank you so much for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  20. Hi David, this article gave me a bird’s eyeview of why people get tattoos. it is very interesting. I had an idea to do it a few years ago but I chickened out. You are right, it is a personal statement and there is no shame in doing it. But getting addicted to it is not something I thought can happen. Interesting.

    1. Hello Maria. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I wouldn’t say you chickened out, you may just not have been ready and that’s ok. Yes a lot of people don’t realize that it can be an addiction. I’m happy you enjoyed my article and hope you will return for future ones.Again thank you so much for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  21. Hi David. Thank you for writing such an honest and well-thought out post. Emotions can be fragile things and the motivations people have for doing anything will vary from person to person. Sometimes they have positive reasons for doing things which are based on the pleasure they will get out of something, and other times, there are negative reasons because people want to avoid pain. It won’t be necessarily the pain of the needles, but more an internal pain which comes because they feel rejected – by parents, peers, society or themselves. This is what can lead to an addiction.
    You have posed some good questions for people to ask themselves before getting more tattoos and I also like Mark’s criteria for his children getting tattoos too.
    Some great food for thought all round. Thank you.

    1. Hello Gail. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. Thank you for your kind words. Yes people will do things for negative reasons to try and make themselves feel better about themselves. And you should ask yourself when getting more ink is there a negative motive behind it. Marks comments are spot on for his children. Again Thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes’
      David

  22. What an awesome article. I, personally, don’t have ink, but have heard once you go down the road for one – you will definitely end up with more….it’s just a matter of time. You bring up some great points here about going down that road and for financial reasons should be a huge consideration. I have seen people with sleeves and complete tats on their back and have often wondered how much that could have cost.

    Just curious….what is the price range for a small tattoo (i.e. a butterfly)? How do you know when a tattoo shop is reputable?

    Once again, thanks for another great article.

    Kind Regards,
    Yvette

    1. Hello Yvette. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes statistics show that once you’ve gotten one you’ll be getting another and yes you should make sure you can afford them. Tattoos vary in price a small butterfly depending on detail can go anywhere from 50 to 200 dollars. The best way to check if a shop is reputable is to read reviews, visit the the shop and talk with the artist and ask to look at their work. Again thank you so much for Taking the time to visit my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  23. Hi David. This article is a real eye-opener. I had no idea that someone actually could get addicted to getting tattoos.
    Thankfully, you had a friend who was willing to step up and say something to help you. May we all have that kind of courage.
    I feel certain that this article will help someone. Thanks for putting this information out there.
    All the best.

    1. Hello Wendi. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. Yes tattoos can be addicting and yes it was good to have my friend point it out to me. I love them and still get them but in moderation. Again thank you for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  24. As someone who has ink, I relate to all of this!

    I like our comments on motive which is so key when considering getting tattoo’s!

    For my kids, my advice has been:
    – It should be in your head for at least 6 months
    – It should mean something to you down to your core about who you are and what you believe in
    – You need to consider where to put it and know that people will judge you on that, fair or not.

    Thank you for writing this!

    1. Hello Mark. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. The advice you’ve given to your children is the same advice I would give my children. And you are most welcome for the post. Again thank you so much for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

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