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Thread started 02/24/17 9:39am

allmusicfan123

help with tattoo suggestions

I've read ideas discussed on other threads, now I need your sounding board:

I want to get one! I'm in my 50s in decent shape. Definitely small and discrete.

Trouble deciding what one to get... a line from one of his songs?

Faves lyrics include

The only love there is, is the love you make

Starfish and coffee (that could be a visual)

Dreams become the life u lead

I love the idea behind The Breakdown but it's easy to misunderstand - to me it's very positive, about letting God strip away what is not really us, what is our lower self/ego


The symbol is not as current as it was.

His face is too much.

His guitar maybe?

What do you think?



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Reply #1 posted 02/24/17 9:54am

loveandkindnes
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thats a tuff one...tats are so personal to each person ....pray on it something will come to you.

Loveandkindness
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Reply #2 posted 02/24/17 10:07am

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If I were gonna get a P tatoo, I'd get the 'eye' from eye No:

PRINCE: the only man who could wear high heels and makeup and STILL steal your woman!
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Reply #3 posted 02/24/17 10:10am

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yes

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Reply #4 posted 02/24/17 10:34am

Superfan1984

there are a lot of great ideas on Pinterest , just put in "Prince tattoo," and a bunch will come up to give you some ideas lol

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Reply #5 posted 02/24/17 10:34am

OnlyNDaUsa

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No one is coming for your abortion: they just want common-sense abortion regulations: background checks, waiting periods, lifetime limits, take a class, and a small tax.
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Reply #6 posted 02/24/17 10:36am

OnlyNDaUsa

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or just the cloud guitar

No one is coming for your abortion: they just want common-sense abortion regulations: background checks, waiting periods, lifetime limits, take a class, and a small tax.
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Reply #7 posted 02/24/17 10:38am

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peedub said:

yes

biggrin yes With a little blue angel cloud guitar.

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Reply #8 posted 02/24/17 11:32am

TrivialPursuit

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Guitarhero said:

peedub said:

yes

biggrin yes With a little blue angel cloud guitar.


I was thinking the yes incorporated with something else. Maybe literally on a black circle representing a record. Yes to his music. Yes to vinyl. Yes to Prince. Positivity. It's your plus sign.. etc etc

This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
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Reply #9 posted 02/24/17 11:37am

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TrivialPursuit said:

Guitarhero said:

biggrin yes With a little blue angel cloud guitar.


I was thinking the yes incorporated with something else. Maybe literally on a black circle representing a record. Yes to his music. Yes to vinyl. Yes to Prince. Positivity. It's your plus sign.. etc etc

Sounds cool go for it cool

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Reply #10 posted 02/24/17 12:19pm

lust

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OnlyNDaUsa said:

Awesome.

If the milk turns out to be sour, I aint the kinda pussy to drink it!
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Reply #11 posted 02/24/17 12:59pm

fen

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eyewishuheaven said:

If I were gonna get a P tatoo, I'd get the 'eye' from eye No:

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Yes, tattoos are not my thing, but if I were to opt for one I’d go for something quite small and subtle like that. As you say, portraits are often awful and the love symbol is a bit of a cliché (an earlier incarnation of it might work though – as seen on his motorcycle in PR for example). Personally, I’d opt for a piece of iconography/typography from his classic album or single covers. I’ve always liked the 1999 typography:

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PRINCE_1999%2B-%2BNINETEEN%2BNINETY%2BNINE-3301.jpg

Perhaps you could isolate a piece of graffiti from the Dirty Mind sleeve (I was thinking about a “partyup” facsimile myself):

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Or the "Rude Boy" badge seen on Dirty Mind, Controversy and 1999:

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The peace symbol on Sign O The Times:


PRINCE_SIGN%2BO%2BTHE%2BTIMES%2B%2B%2BSTICKER-602933b.jpg

If you wanted to opt for something really weird and obscure…

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The Paisley Park logo?

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(you’ll probably want to create a scalable svg to work from)

I’d just avoid the clichés. Creating something unique from his lyrics is a nice idea as well, but I’d keep it elegant and simple. I was considering something myself after he passed away, but there are a number of artists, writers and thinkers that have had a profound impact on me over the course of my life, so once I start they'd be no end to it.

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Reply #12 posted 02/24/17 2:06pm

TrivialPursuit

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fen said:

Yes, tattoos are not my thing, but if I were to opt for one I’d go for something quite small and subtle like that. As you say, portraits are often awful and the love symbol is a bit of a cliché (an earlier incarnation of it might be work though – as seen on his motorcycle in PR for example). Personally, I’d opt for a piece of iconography/typography from his classic album or single covers. I’ve always liked the 1999 typography:

Or the "Rude Boy" badge seen on Dirty Mind, Controversy and 1999:


I've thought about the Rude Boy thing myself. Also, there's a round logo for the ATWIAD album that'd be pretty sweet. You'd have the album name in it as well as the band name, but visually it's pretty cool.

This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
http://bit.ly/1D3FG2U
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Reply #13 posted 02/24/17 2:53pm

StopIt

Please research how tattoos, inks, and designs age and look over long periods of time.

Even the best art bleeds, fades, sags, and looks like shit after awhile.

Yes, I understand you can get them touched up and stuff, but it still looks like shit later.

It doesn't matter what or where the tattoo is.

Design something stellar to decal and change-up on yourself to look proper, in a Much more Prince-like manner. Impeccable as he was.

wink


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Reply #14 posted 02/24/17 2:59pm

StopIt

Your body is a temple and it's Much more true to Prince NOT to jack it up with Prince associated permanent tattoos that will bleed, sag, and be tired soon. Not his style.


Think about it.


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Reply #15 posted 02/24/17 3:20pm

TrivialPursuit

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StopIt said:

Your body is a temple and it's Much more true to Prince NOT to jack it up with Prince associated permanent tattoos that will bleed, sag, and be tired soon. Not his style.


Think about it.


That's entirely untrue. Prince spoke about freedom.

You sound like my father, who is approaching 80, but was approaching 70 when he told me I was going to hate my tattoo in a year. That was 2004. He's yet to be proven correct.


This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
http://bit.ly/1D3FG2U
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Reply #16 posted 02/24/17 4:02pm

fen

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TrivialPursuit said:

fen said:

Or the "Rude Boy" badge seen on Dirty Mind, Controversy and 1999:


I've thought about the Rude Boy thing myself. Also, there's a round logo for the ATWIAD album that'd be pretty sweet. You'd have the album name in it as well as the band name, but visually it's pretty cool.

Yes, something like this:

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Reply #17 posted 02/24/17 5:34pm

TrivialPursuit

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fen said:

Yes, something like this:


YEP! In face, even the boy as part of it would be great!

Or this:

This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
http://bit.ly/1D3FG2U
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Reply #18 posted 02/24/17 6:07pm

LovePaisley

I disagree that the symbol is passe. But I admit to being biased, since I plan to get one in the spring. Lol.

I am also in my 50s and got the beginning of my tattoo in the fall--a single purple raindrop inside my ankle. I plan to add the symbol above it. I've always loved what it stands for, though you may feel differently.

I researched a lot. First, micro tattoos are very cool. You might consider one? Fading and blurring will happen, so plan for that. Location... I really wanted my tattoo on my wrist, but decided forever is a long time. So it's discretely inside my ankle. It'll be on display in the warmer weather and when I cross my legs. Subtle. And I was almost instantly glad I went that route. It's for me and makes me smile every day. But someday it'll look not so great and because of where it is, I'll still be smiling.

As for art, anything purple and/or rain is very meaningful. How about paisley? There's some really cool paisley out there. Google and pintrest have great ideas. Your tattoo artist will have even more!
And the MUSIC continues...forever...
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Reply #19 posted 02/24/17 6:36pm

leslievette

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TrivialPursuit said:

StopIt said:

Your body is a temple and it's Much more true to Prince NOT to jack it up with Prince associated permanent tattoos that will bleed, sag, and be tired soon. Not his style.


Think about it.


That's entirely untrue. Prince spoke about freedom.

You sound like my father, who is approaching 80, but was approaching 70 when he told me I was going to hate my tattoo in a year. That was 2004. He's yet to be proven correct.


lol Love it. Agreed.

OP, There are so many options. My problem is I have too many ideas. I wanted something simple but I also wanted something that made a statement. So I ended up with 2 P tats. One very large piece from my hip down to my thigh, and a small one on my wrist.


Imo you can never go wrong with Paisley. Pinterest is a good place for ideas and concepts, but It'll come to you. I would say go in with some examples/inspo and see if your artist can take his or her spin on it. Usually they come up with really nice designs. Good luck!

From now on, 4 U I shall be wild 💜
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Reply #20 posted 02/24/17 7:20pm

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allmusicfan123 said:

I've read ideas discussed on other threads, now I need your sounding board:



I want to get one! I'm in my 50s in decent shape. Definitely small and discrete.

Trouble deciding what one to get... a line from one of his songs?

Faves lyrics include

The only love there is, is the love you make

Starfish and coffee (that could be a visual)

Dreams become the life u lead

I love the idea behind The Breakdown but it's easy to misunderstand - to me it's very positive, about letting God strip away what is not really us, what is our lower self/ego



The symbol is not as current as it was.

His face is too much.

His guitar maybe?

What do you think?







I think you that if you're going to get lyrics tattooed on your body, please do the research and get them correct.

It's "The only love there is, is the love WE make". It's the title of the song!

Prince was against tattoos. I shared a sound check story on here before, where he "schooled" a woman in the Bible after she flashed him her symbol tattoo.
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Reply #21 posted 02/24/17 7:27pm

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Also, I don't agree with your analysis of The Breakdown.

It's not a positive song. It's about regret, and the superficial nature of being a rock star. Loss of time, lack of family, materialism over happiness. Looking back and feeling like you missed out.

I'm not saying this to be mean. But this is something you are considering getting tattooed. Just be sure, because it's permanent!
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Reply #22 posted 02/24/17 8:37pm

fen

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Se7en said:

Prince was against tattoos. I shared a sound check story on here before, where he "schooled" a woman in the Bible after she flashed him her symbol tattoo.

With respect Se7en, I don't think that's really relevant (although I agree that anyone considering it should to be accurate and absolutely sure). If someone wants to express their admiration for something through body-art, it's an expression of their individuality. Once we start hanging on an individual's every word though, we begin to stray from healthy admiration and towards blind idolatry. There's a lot that I love about Prince, I'm a fan, but I wouldn't look to him for my broader philosophy. Life and our bodies are so transitory in any case - what does it matter in the broader scheme of things?

As for tattooing, it's an ancient tradition with a rich history that spans diverse cultures (the Ötzi mummy for example). As I said, it's not really my thing personally, but I find the idea of people inscribing their life experiences, cultural identity and ideas on their body quite interesting. Done well, they can be extremely beautiful. Your advice is good though – just be sure.

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Reply #23 posted 02/24/17 9:10pm

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LovePaisley said:

I disagree that the symbol is passe. But I admit to being biased, since I plan to get one in the spring. Lol.

Just to clarify what I said about the symbol, I don't think it's necessarily passé. It depends on what you want to say. If you want to make a clear statement regarding your status as a Prince fan, nothing could be clearer. I like what it represents as well, it's also a very elegant and clever piece of design. It would just be a little too explicit and ubiquitous for me.

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Reply #24 posted 02/25/17 5:46am

allmusicfan123

These are all wonderful ideas and thoughts! Yes to getting the lyrics right. lol

Will give it thought...

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Reply #25 posted 02/25/17 9:26am

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Love this symbol one

There's always a rainbow 🌈 , at the end of every rain ☔️
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Reply #26 posted 02/25/17 9:32am

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petalthecat said:

Love this symbol one

Uh, no.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #27 posted 02/25/17 9:33am

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Few more I love

There's always a rainbow 🌈 , at the end of every rain ☔️
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Reply #28 posted 02/25/17 9:42am

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StopIt said:

Your body is a temple and it's Much more true to Prince NOT to jack it up with Prince associated permanent tattoos that will bleed, sag, and be tired soon. Not his style.




Think about it.









YES. He was really against marking ones body (temple) up.
He's in your heart.
He also didn't like rough-around-the-edges girls. He liked sweet women.
If you must, choose something tasteful and small.
That is my opinion.
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Reply #29 posted 02/25/17 10:04am

allmusicfan123

I like "I wish u heaven" for a lyric!

As to Prince not liking women who mark their temples... uh I can think of about a million ways his standards for women are at odds with those for others, esp. himself! I love his spirit as an artist, his fearlessness, his confidence in his own instincts. As well as his music of course. But I would never have been one of Prince's "girls"... he was way too controlling, faithless and promiscuous for me. No offense meant, we just need to follow our own hearts.

I am mostly sweet and a little rough around the edges, and that's got to be enough for everyone else. cool

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