It is a deeply held dream of mine to one day get a tattoo of a large butterfly on my lower back, which, when you look closely, will have a teenage girl on its lower back. Alternatively, the Chinese symbol for “sorry, I don’t speak Chinese.” I won’t. Mostly, because I’m scared of needles, but also because I’m scared of somehow becoming addicted and ending up looking like Michelle “Bombshell” McGee. Fortunately,  Suicide Girls’ lovely Clio is able to offer advice on how to get tattoos, and still look human.

Where did Michelle Bombshell McGee go wrong?
I don’t really think there is a right or wrong when it comes to tattoos as they’re personal for everyone, but damn girl, the forehead  tattoo was not a good move.

Why would anyone want to get their neck tattooed?
Traditionally the hands and neck are the last body parts to get  tattooed, and many artists won’t do these if you aren’t already  heavily tattooed, however they are getting more common. Neck tattoos  can be very beautiful, but I strongly suggest working with an artist  who knows what he/she is doing and consider that your family might  disown you.

Are there certain parts of the body that you’d advise people to  avoid tattooing?

Visible areas like hands, neck and face you might want to steer clear of if you have an office job, but it all comes down to what you think  is beautiful on your body, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

What parts of the body hurt the most?

It’s different for everyone, but boney areas such as elbows, ribs and  collar bones tend to hurt more than fleshy areas of the body. Pain  shouldn’t be a deciding factor in choosing where you want to get  tattooed though, it’s only temporary!

Do you prefer color tattoos or black and white ones? What are the  plusses and negatives on each?

I love both colored and black and gray tattoos, but I recommend being consistent with one style you like (whether it’s old school, Japanese,  or whatever you prefer). Fine black or gray lines fade faster than others and certain color pigments can cause allergic reactions in some  people, but I don’t think one is better than the other.

What are the most common tattoos that you see, so I can avoid them  if I want to be original?

Stars, cherries, the name of your baby daddy and brass knuckles are all seriously overdone in my opinion. If you want something original,  talk to your tattoo artist about what you have in mind and have him/her draw you a custom design.

Bombshell McGee has a swastika on her crotch. Why, for the love of God, why? Do you think it’s ever a good idea to get your political affiliations on your body? Somehow it seems slightly less offensive if  it were, say, Obama’s face.

That is very unfortunate. I generally don’t have anything against political tattoos if it’s something you feel strongly about, do what you wanna do, but don’t act surprised when you get beat up over your  sweet new Totenkopf tattoo.