Calling All “Inked Autists!”

So in my almost year and a half of blogging on WordPress I’m still a bit of an anomaly in that I’m an intersection of sets (using some math lingo here). I’ve seen plenty of autistic (or whatever term you prefer) bloggers, I’ve seen plenty of inked bloggers but I’ve yet to come across an autistic-intersect-inked subset.

I’m sure there are more of you out there, but I just get this feeling that subset is quite small. The reason? Until you get your first one it’s unknown territory and those of us who prefer to stick with safer, known and routine grounds it can be daunting. I know I was that way for nearly 29 years of my life. I was not quite 29 when I got my first tattoo and I had to have my arm twisted a bit before I decided to follow through with it.

Statistics would say there are definitely more. With whatever the estimated incidence of autism spectrum disorders is now and the ever increasing percentage of adults with tattoos (it’s now around 40% of the 18-40 crowd in the US). Nonetheless, it would stand to reason that I’m definitely a rare breed.

So are you an inked autist? Please share your experiences. How many tattoos do you have and where at? How old were you when you got your first tattoo? How did you deal with the anxiety of your first tattoo and how do you manage pain (if pain is one of your hypersensitivities) and/or the noise of a tattoo machine (if you’re somewhat misophonic).



6 thoughts on “Calling All “Inked Autists!”

  1. Started at 18 while stationed at Lejeune. I have 4 distinct tats and my back has been in for something like 8 sessions, working its way up to a full piece. I still hate needles, but much more for the sting of fluids than for the poke. I actually find a sort of meditative release getting inked. I have wanted more for some time, but you know, bills. šŸ˜

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    • Hah, I know that for sure. They aren’t cheap at all. Well, good tattoos aren’t cheap anyway. Like you, I find the process meditative. It’s a large part of what keeps me going back for more.

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