I’m tired of sweating beneath long sleeves just so someone else can pretend I am more like them.
unpopular opinion
I enjoy living in the Now, but if someone had given me a tattoo gun when I was five, every inch of my being would be swagged out in Lisa Frank.

Feb 26, 2014 at 3:00pm | 1239 comments

It took me 20 years to fix the mistakes my original tattoo artist made when he uttered the word absolutely nobody wants to hear mid-tatt: "Oops."
animal print
Or, well, my tat, I guess. Unless you also have a deer tattoo.
do this don't
I think it's funny that I'll take my top hat wearing, parasol holding, gold tooth having narwhal tattoo to my grave.
When I got the original tattoo (my third) a few years earlier as a spontaneous birthday gift for the husband, it hurt like hell.

Jul 10, 2013 at 6:00pm | 76 comments

Ninety percent of the time, when I meet men in public, it starts with a conversation about my tattoos.
'Cause sometimes you want to adorn yourself, prison style.
Snooki tells us what post-baby sex is like, why she plans to keep baby Lorenzo off TV, how building her dream house dictates when she'll finally tie the knot, the unexpected celebrity she just got wasted with in New York and whether or not she has any regrets.
Getting a matching tattoo with Sydney felt like a completely reasonable commitment.
I had no real context or knowledge of what happened in a legal or social sense. I just knew I had a fresh, healing tattoo, and that I hated the person who gave it to me.
Tattoo shops can be intimidating places. Even as a grown adult, there's a part of me who still assumes everyone who works there is like rilly rilly cool and making fun of me behind my back.
People have come up to me over the years and asked me questions about James Bond, thinking I’m some Bond connoisseur, and know loads about it -- but it was a dare at the time when I got it done -- and I did win that dare.
Plus, the story of my impulse ink -- the world's tiniest tattoo -- so hidden it barely qualifies.

Jul 17, 2012 at 10:00am | 213 comments

jewish beauty
Also, can we talk about my second Bat Mitzvah?

Jun 13, 2012 at 4:00pm | 49 comments

cool parents
Kids, don't let that stranger at a party tattoo you with a dirty safety pin and some India ink.
body acceptance
"I do not show my upper arms in public," she confided. "The three-quarter sleeve is my jam." At the time, I felt kind of bad, thinking that she should be happy with her body. And this has remained my policy... for everyone but myself.
celeb tattoos
Plus, applying temporary tats is so therapeutic I did my whole forearm.

May 16, 2012 at 1:30pm | 253 comments

They frighten me, and the idea of touching one makes me queasy.