You learned about some secret – and a few not-so-secret – HZ tats in Part One. The fun continues here. Whether you’re adamantly against the ink, casually pondering whether it’s for you, or want to get that full sleeve you’ve been designing in your mind, our HZ family has years of wisdom put together to help guide you. And maybe give you a little insight into the individuals that make up this unique office.
Frank Davey, System Administrator
How long have you been at HZ? 2 years.
When did you get your tattoo(s)? Over 10 years ago.
Share your experience. I was working on a Carnival Cruise ship as a DJ and would frequent this tattoo shop in Cozumel. Same guy did the last three pieces on me. My first tattoos were done when I was in college.
Do you want more? I have quite a few tattoos – 14 if you count the forearm pieces separately. If money were no object, I’d definitely get more, as long as they’re meaningful and significant to me.
What did your mom/dad/grandparent/most judgmental person you know say about it? My parents kind of learned to accept it after initially being (slightly) disappointed.
Any words of wisdom to share? Get a tattoo for your own reasons. Think about it. Then think about it a lot more.
Alyssa Pennington, Junior Designer
How long have you been at HZ? 1 year.
When did you get your tattoo(s)? March 2015.
Share your experience. I decided to go to brunch with a few friends and a few Tequila Sunrises later, I had a tattoo. I had always thought about getting one and knew exactly what it would be of, but I never thought I would have the courage to go through with it—looks like I was wrong!
Do you have any regrets? I definitely had some regrets the next day, but after a while it grew on me. Now I love it and can’t get enough! Life is too short to not keep it interesting, right?
Any other words of wisdom to share? Don’t go to brunch if you are not willing to accept the consequences of bottomless drinks!
Abisola Okusaga, Interactive Project Manager
How long have you been at HZ? Almost 2 years.
When did you get your tattoo(s)? When I was 21 – just a couple of years ago (HA!).
Share your experience. My sorority sister who was my dean (or “pledge mom” as some organizations call them) took me to get it. I had wanted one forever and she’d already had a couple and knew of a really good artist. I was beyond anxious as I always overthink any situation that may involve pain. And like with every other situation, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Also, my tattoo artist was very cute so that may have helped the experience :)
Did you cry? Nope, I actually fell asleep. Sitting still for 2 hours is bound to make anyone fall asleep.
Do you have a go-to? Ambrotos Tattoo in Silver Spring. I got my “star” there and have since taken two people there and they’ve all had a great experience.
What did your mom/dad/grandparent/most judgmental person you know say about it? My parents are traditional Africans and conservative Christians so I did try to hide it from them for a bit, but then I realized I am 21 and too grown to be hiding things from my parents at that point. My mom, however, did say to me one day that she never imagined any of her children would ever get a tattoo. I was the first and now all four of us have tattoos.
Any other words of wisdom to share? Just say “no” to face tattoos!
Molly Myers, Designer
How long have you been at HZ? 1 year.
When did you get your tattoo(s)? April 2013.
Share your experience. Painful.
Why did you decide to get one? Boredom.
Do you have others or would you consider more? I would consider getting another one if I ever had enough money to go to Yellowblaze in Japan.
What did your mom/dad/grandparent/most judgmental person you know say about it? “You make us so proud.”
Any other words of wisdom to share? Never go to a tattoo artist that has Tweety Bird in their portfolio.
Craig Viera, Digital Copywriter
How long have you been at HZ? A year and change.
When did you get your tattoo(s)? Summer 2012.
Share your experience. I went with a good friend of mine—we both wanted tattoos for a while and had just graduated college together so we figured now was as good of a time as any. We picked a day and got them done. They aren’t matching or anything, though my girlfriend did design both for us.
Why did you decide to get one? I wanted a tattoo that had meaning but wouldn’t take much explaining. I didn’t want some elaborate metaphor or symbolic design. “If” is the title of a poem by Rudyard Kipling—when people ask why I got it tattooed, I tell them they should check it out. When people do, they usually get why it’s important to me. Or so I like to think.
Do you have others or would you consider more? I definitely want at least one more. My only current tattoo is kind of serious, so I’ve been thinking of getting something more lighthearted and fun for my next tattoo. Not some big life mantra or anything, but something that shows my interests. I’ve been toying around the idea of getting a Millennium Falcon doodle tattooed on my other arm but I’m not 100% sure about it yet.
Brenna Mathers, Producer (Baltimore)
How long have you been at HZ? Coming up on 1 year.
When did you get your tattoo(s)? I got my first tattoo at 16.
Share your experience. I have six total, and every one was a totally different experience. Not sure which ones are worth sharing with the world, but tattoos on the feet are weird. There’s some sort of reflexology that make my arm twitch while the outline was being done.
Did you cry? There’s no crying in tattooing.
Why did you decide to get one? Two are symbolic of family members (my mom who passed, and one that I got with my sisters). Three reflect my beliefs. One was a joke.
Do you have others or would you consider more? There’s no stopping.
Oh, did you think that was it? Not even close. Keep your eyes peeled for Part Three. In the meantime, here’s something to hold you over.