I Got a Tattoo & Why I Want Another One

 

Getting the tattoo

Getting the tattoo

I got my very first tattoo as part of Episode 4 for The Hollywood Beauty Detective, Body Modification. I never wanted a tattoo. Truthfully, I never really thought about tattoos. It’s not that I was against them –  I just never had a feeling about them one way or the other. They were just tattoos. Until Episode 4.

I wrote the episode and as part of it I thought it would be an interesting take if I actually got a tattoo. I liked the idea of it for the episode. But it created lots of planning and discussions from my team: Should we film it? Should we fake it? What if it gets infected? Do you really even want a tattoo?

At this point, I really wanted that tattoo.

Prior to the filming of the episode (and the tattoo) I looked at various choices. I discussed my choices with my 18 year old daughter. Most of what I picked she thought looked stupid.

Me: I think I want to get a rose.

Her: No, that’s dumb.

Me: Why?

Her: Because, why get it? It’s just a rose. Get a tattoo that means something. It’s your body.

And of course, she was right.

Teeny, tiny, trench coat tattoo

Teeny, tiny, trench coat

On the day of the shoot I told my tattoo artist and episode guest, Melany Meza-Dierks, that I wanted a tattoo of a tiny trench coat, on my right leg, near my ankle. I wanted it to remind me of The Hollywood Beauty Detective and everything that went into creating it. I wanted to be able to look at it everyday.

I understand that getting a tiny little trench coat tattoo doesn’t exactly make me a Maori warrior, but it was an amazing experience and I discovered a few things: maori

  1. It’s personal. It’s really personal and what you choose as your tattoo should mean something – to you. It doesn’t matter what other people think, as long as it resonates with you.
  2. It hurts more than a sting. That was what people would say to me, “It’s like a sunburn! Just a little sting!” Okay…it is nothing like a sunburn and it doesn’t just sting. It kind of hurts.
  3. I felt really empowered! In a society that tells us how to look, this felt like I was taking my power back and making my own choices about my body.
  4. I felt like a badass!!! Seriously! It was really cool and I felt like I had done something so off the charts (for me).
  5. I love my tattoo, I love when I see it on my ankle, I love how it looks with heels, and I want another one. I actually wanted another one almost immediately. I haven’t done it yet, but I have it picked out already – a semicolon. Meaning; to be continued semicolon

 

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Holly Fulger

Actress, Writer and Beauty Spokesperson, Holly Fulger is on a personal mission to help women understand that beauty is more than just skin deep. Working as an actress on such shows as ELLEN, thirtysomething, ANYTHING BUT LOVE and the trilogy of films for The Disney Channel, ZENON, GIRL OF THE 21st CENTURY, Holly has experienced the good, the bad and the misguided aspects of beauty in our Hollywood and Madison Avenue driven culture.
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