I'm sooo happy to hear all this!
I have to say, don't think I didn't read any of your good posts and ask the question anyway... my post was moved here! I did a search but it didn't turn up!
So I guess it's true : I posted without reading your posts! hahaha
But now I'm reading about all of you with good tatoo healing (and good results too, no weird designs, you know), and it makes me very happy!
I should've mentioned that I can't have earrings though... Twice I've tried to have my ears pierced, and twice I've failed. First time when I was about 8y.o., and last time 2 years ago. Last time I tried for a good year long, with infections after infections, I think I spent the whole year with vasoline and/or antibiotic cream in/on the earlobes... I tried gold earrings, simple pins and loops and hypoallergenic ones, everything failed. Neither the jeweler who pierced my ears (both times) nor my doctor knew what to do with it... After such a long time and not even an improvement, I stopped trying. After all, it's just earrings!
But as many of you said they had piercing problems but no tatoo problems... Yay!
Especially since I'm not going for a strechy place (back of the shoulder), that I'm not too stretchy, and that I'm not going for a very complicated design either... it took me a while to figure out the design I wanted, as I posted earlier... I finally decided on a music staff, with the G clef and cat paws on it instead of notes... in midnight blue, or maybe rainbow colors in gradient. It shows my love of music and my love of animals... plus I had a friend who had blue cat paws and I found it sooo cute!
I'll let you know when I go have it how it turns out!