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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2295 on: February 21, 2014, 11:34:22 PM »
Officially got a tattoo yesterday on 2/18 for my 18th birthday. It only cost about $60 and was a gift from my grandparents. Boy though, it hurt like heck getting my wrist tattooed. I had to struggle not to cry in front of the tough biker guy artist who gave it to me.

Don't forget to repent of it James, getting a tattoo is a sin (don't believe me ask your spiritual father). Angel be with you.

Ditto. If you live as long as I have, you'll soon regret it as a silly manifestation of youthful immaturity masquerading as fidelity to your faith. There are far better ways of expressing and proclaiming your faith than a mere self-indulgent tattoo.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2296 on: February 22, 2014, 12:27:15 AM »
Officially got a tattoo yesterday on 2/18 for my 18th birthday. It only cost about $60 and was a gift from my grandparents. Boy though, it hurt like heck getting my wrist tattooed. I had to struggle not to cry in front of the tough biker guy artist who gave it to me.




Many Copts have a tattoo like the one you just got, though many modern Coptic clergy frown upon it.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2297 on: February 22, 2014, 01:04:29 AM »
Thanks, but you guys are late :) My birthday was on February 18th.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2298 on: February 22, 2014, 01:04:29 AM »
Ditto. If you live as long as I have, you'll soon regret it as a silly manifestation of youthful immaturity masquerading as fidelity to your faith.

That sounds rather offensive to the Orthodox in Egypt who get this tattoo by necessity.


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There are far better ways of expressing and proclaiming your faith than a mere self-indulgent tattoo.

It's not self-indulgent; I got it to protect my right hand from falling into sin and to pay tribute to the Copts in Egypt. Besides, I didn't pay for it, my grandparents bought it for me as a birthday gift. I went to the tattoo artist my dad goes to.

Officially got a tattoo yesterday on 2/18 for my 18th birthday. It only cost about $60 and was a gift from my grandparents. Boy though, it hurt like heck getting my wrist tattooed. I had to struggle not to cry in front of the tough biker guy artist who gave it to me.




Many Copts have a tattoo like the one you just got, though many modern Coptic clergy frown upon it.

That's the precise reason I got it. I wanted to pay tribute to the Copts. I got the Coptic Cross on the right wrist just like they do, however, I chose to add the IC XC NIKA on my own. It hurt like heck getting it done--the wrist is a very veiny, sensitive part of the body. Traditionally the tattoo is supposed to be done in blue or green to commemorate the bruises from wearing chains around the neck, but I got mine in black because it stays consistent the longest and it looks bluish anyway.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2299 on: February 22, 2014, 01:13:12 AM »
How did nobody comment on IoanC's tiara?

It looks odd to me, but I presume that the tiara must be understood spiritually, as an ontologically subjective reality witnessing to the deification of the noetic faculty in man.

I couldn't have said it better. :) But, yes, it looks odd.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2300 on: February 22, 2014, 01:54:58 AM »
That's the precise reason I got it. I wanted to pay tribute to the Copts. I got the Coptic Cross on the right wrist just like they do, however, I chose to add the IC XC NIKA on my own. It hurt like heck getting it done--the wrist is a very veiny, sensitive part of the body. Traditionally the tattoo is supposed to be done in blue or green to commemorate the bruises from wearing chains around the neck, but I got mine in black because it stays consistent the longest and it looks bluish anyway.
Thank you for your touching sign of solidarity. :)
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2301 on: February 22, 2014, 02:35:11 AM »
It hurt like heck getting it done--the wrist is a very veiny, sensitive part of the body. Traditionally the tattoo is supposed to be done in blue or green to commemorate the bruises from wearing chains around the neck, but I got mine in black because it stays consistent the longest and it looks bluish anyway.

Get back to me after you've gotten one on the side of your ribs. ;) Wise of you to get it in black- it looks nice and crispy black now, but it will eventually settle into a grey-ish green. Incidentally, that is where I got my first tattoo when I turned 18 many moons ago.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2302 on: February 22, 2014, 03:04:22 AM »
Cool!

Officially got a tattoo yesterday on 2/18 for my 18th birthday. It only cost about $60 and was a gift from my grandparents. Boy though, it hurt like heck getting my wrist tattooed. I had to struggle not to cry in front of the tough biker guy artist who gave it to me.





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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2303 on: February 22, 2014, 03:07:07 AM »
i wish you good luck james in your attempt to reduce the sin of your hand

i would be too chicken to do that lol
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2304 on: February 22, 2014, 04:15:15 AM »

That sounds rather offensive to the Orthodox in Egypt who get this tattoo by necessity.

I am more than aware of the Coptic tradition. Your gesture has nothing to do with their real and genuine reason for getting a simple cross tattoo.

It's not self-indulgent; I got it to protect my right hand from falling into sin and to pay tribute to the Copts in Egypt. Besides, I didn't pay for it, my grandparents bought it for me as a birthday gift. I went to the tattoo artist my dad goes to.

Where you got it done is of no consequence. As for your right hand, what's to stop your left hand from falling into sin?   :police: And spare me the sop and mush about praying tribute to the Copts. Don't insult their very real persecution by your indulgent act.

Traditionally the tattoo is supposed to be done in blue or green to commemorate the bruises from wearing chains around the neck

Stop making pale excuses, and brush up on some history.

The color of traditional tattoo inks of old were so because of the availability of certain pigments, not because of some idea of bruising from chains or fetters. The Maori and other Polynesians have tattooed themselves for centuries, and long before Europeans tried to subjugate them. So did certain Amerindian tribes before the conquistadores moved in.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2305 on: February 22, 2014, 05:22:49 AM »
Ditto. If you live as long as I have, you'll soon regret it as a silly manifestation of youthful immaturity masquerading as fidelity to your faith.

That sounds rather offensive to the Orthodox in Egypt who get this tattoo by necessity.


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There are far better ways of expressing and proclaiming your faith than a mere self-indulgent tattoo.

It's not self-indulgent; I got it to protect my right hand from falling into sin and to pay tribute to the Copts in Egypt. Besides, I didn't pay for it, my grandparents bought it for me as a birthday gift. I went to the tattoo artist my dad goes to.

Officially got a tattoo yesterday on 2/18 for my 18th birthday. It only cost about $60 and was a gift from my grandparents. Boy though, it hurt like heck getting my wrist tattooed. I had to struggle not to cry in front of the tough biker guy artist who gave it to me.




Many Copts have a tattoo like the one you just got, though many modern Coptic clergy frown upon it.

That's the precise reason I got it. I wanted to pay tribute to the Copts. I got the Coptic Cross on the right wrist just like they do, however, I chose to add the IC XC NIKA on my own. It hurt like heck getting it done--the wrist is a very veiny, sensitive part of the body. Traditionally the tattoo is supposed to be done in blue or green to commemorate the bruises from wearing chains around the neck, but I got mine in black because it stays consistent the longest and it looks bluish anyway.


They didn't have the Coptic engraving on the Cross?? Or did you choose not to get it?

The Coptic engraving says "Jesus Christ Son of God" ; while the Greek says "Jesus Christ the Victor"


It looks cool but people are going to think you are a Copt now! :)
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2306 on: February 22, 2014, 09:00:16 AM »
LBK, I am thankful for your presence here, but sometimes you use your age and the supposed associated wisdom that comes with age against many who are either younger than you or disagree with you.  You especially use your age as a means to silence.  Yes, we all know James has his own stuff going on, but of what use is it for you to be so caustic towards him over something as simple as a tattoo?  A tattoo.  There are much worse things he can be doing and as far as I see it, I've never heard that tattoos are a sin or at least no more a sin than wearing jewelry. 
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2307 on: February 22, 2014, 10:12:22 AM »
i like the tattoo!
i can't get one for family reasons, but one day i hope to get one.

the slavic inscription on the coptic style tattoo emphasizes our common orthodox faith and i like it.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2308 on: February 22, 2014, 04:03:53 PM »
They didn't have the Coptic engraving on the Cross?? Or did you choose not to get it?

They had the Coptic engraving but I honestly didn't understand it and it didn't carry as much sentimental value to me. I customized it by replacing the Coptic engraving with the IC XC NIKA.

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The Coptic engraving says "Jesus Christ Son of God"

I wish I had known that when I was deciding on which engraving to get.

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It looks cool but people are going to think you are a Copt now! :)

Well, maybe it will help me to meet a Coptic woman now that I have a visible sign of my Orthodox faith.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2309 on: February 22, 2014, 04:03:53 PM »
It hurt like heck getting it done--the wrist is a very veiny, sensitive part of the body. Traditionally the tattoo is supposed to be done in blue or green to commemorate the bruises from wearing chains around the neck, but I got mine in black because it stays consistent the longest and it looks bluish anyway.

Get back to me after you've gotten one on the side of your ribs. ;) Wise of you to get it in black- it looks nice and crispy black now, but it will eventually settle into a grey-ish green. Incidentally, that is where I got my first tattoo when I turned 18 many moons ago.

Is it normal for the tattooed skin to seem raised? Like, when I rub the tattoo it feels bumpy or crispy swollen.

What was your first tattoo?

I kind of want to get a second tattoo of a Brute Chieftain head with crossed Gravity Hammers behind it but that might look kind of nerdy, especially if I ever acquire a wife and she asks me what it means  :D
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2310 on: February 22, 2014, 05:09:44 PM »
I am more than aware of the Coptic tradition. Your gesture has nothing to do with their real and genuine reason for getting a simple cross tattoo.

I don't think that's none of your business though, now is it?

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As for your right hand, what's to stop your left hand from falling into sin?

Have you ever tried masturbating with your left hand? It is not easy. Now that my right hand is sanctified I'll be less willing to do sinful things with it.

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:police: And spare me the sop and mush about praying tribute to the Copts. Don't insult their very real persecution by your indulgent act.

It's not insult; it's paying tribute. There's nothing "indulgent" about it either. You post on this website even though you don't need to--you could be out helping orphans or whatever instead of posting--so what's wrong with me getting a tattoo to protect my right hand and to pay tribute to Middle Eastern Christians?

For the record, prove to me that tattoos are wrong or prohibited by the Church. I read the entire Rudder as well as several collections of lesser known Canons before getting this tattoo and there wasn't a single Canon at all prohibiting tattoos.

Ascribing the Church's authority to something you personally frown upon is misleading to a lot of people.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2311 on: February 22, 2014, 05:15:38 PM »

That sounds rather offensive to the Orthodox in Egypt who get this tattoo by necessity.

I am more than aware of the Coptic tradition. Your gesture has nothing to do with their real and genuine reason for getting a simple cross tattoo.

It's not self-indulgent; I got it to protect my right hand from falling into sin and to pay tribute to the Copts in Egypt. Besides, I didn't pay for it, my grandparents bought it for me as a birthday gift. I went to the tattoo artist my dad goes to.

Where you got it done is of no consequence. As for your right hand, what's to stop your left hand from falling into sin?   :police: And spare me the sop and mush about praying tribute to the Copts. Don't insult their very real persecution by your indulgent act.

Traditionally the tattoo is supposed to be done in blue or green to commemorate the bruises from wearing chains around the neck

Stop making pale excuses, and brush up on some history.

The color of traditional tattoo inks of old were so because of the availability of certain pigments, not because of some idea of bruising from chains or fetters. The Maori and other Polynesians have tattooed themselves for centuries, and long before Europeans tried to subjugate them. So did certain Amerindian tribes before the conquistadores moved in.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2312 on: February 22, 2014, 05:23:59 PM »
Have you ever tried masturbating with your left hand? It is not easy. Now that my right hand is sanctified I'll be less willing to do sinful things with it.

Both of your hands were anointed with Chrism when you joined the Church.  If the seal of the Holy Spirit won't stop you, a Cross tattoo isn't going to be of much help other than making you hesitate momentarily a few times.  And the very first time passion makes you stop hesitating, all you've got is ink on your wrist and a new line that's been crossed. 

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2313 on: February 22, 2014, 05:27:46 PM »
Is it normal for the tattooed skin to seem raised? Like, when I rub the tattoo it feels bumpy or crispy swollen.

Yes, leave it alone. Don't pick at it or peel the scabs. Don't be freaked out when it looks like absolute crap if it doesn't already. It'll get shiny like a scar and the ink will look really grey and light.

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I kind of want to get a second tattoo of a Brute Chieftain head with crossed Gravity Hammers behind it but that might look kind of nerdy, especially if I ever acquire a wife and she asks me what it means  :D

When you find a wife, she will love you- nerdy tattoo or no.  ;)
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2314 on: February 22, 2014, 05:28:35 PM »
Have you ever tried masturbating with your left hand? It is not easy. Now that my right hand is sanctified I'll be less willing to do sinful things with it.

Both of your hands were anointed with Chrism when you joined the Church.  If the seal of the Holy Spirit won't stop you, a Cross tattoo isn't going to be of much help other than making you hesitate momentarily a few times.  And the very first time passion makes you stop hesitating, all you've got is ink on your wrist and a new line that's been crossed. 

Chastity is more difficult than sitting for a tattoo. 

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2315 on: February 22, 2014, 05:30:40 PM »
Is it normal for the tattooed skin to seem raised? Like, when I rub the tattoo it feels bumpy or crispy swollen.

Yes, leave it alone. Don't pick at it or peel the scabs. Don't be freaked out when it looks like absolute crap if it doesn't already. It'll get shiny like a scar and the ink will look really grey and light.

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When you find a wife, she will love you- nerdy tattoo or no.  ;)

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2316 on: February 22, 2014, 05:35:32 PM »
It should say Salam not Shalom.  ;)

Ah... Hindsight. Gets me every time. ;)
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2317 on: February 22, 2014, 07:39:08 PM »
I am more than aware of the Coptic tradition. Your gesture has nothing to do with their real and genuine reason for getting a simple cross tattoo.


Have you ever tried masturbating with your left hand? It is not easy. Now that my right hand is sanctified I'll be less willing to do sinful things with it.



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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2319 on: February 24, 2014, 10:38:09 AM »
the slavic inscription on the coptic style tattoo emphasizes our common orthodox faith and i like it.
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I understand James' purposes of having tattoo: solidarity with Copts (but, anyway, we should remember prayer for them is more important! ;)) and to not get into some types of sin (probably mainly sexual ones, but not only) - I think that's one of the reasons to wear cross on the neck, wearing prayer ropes, have icons in various places of our homes etc.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2320 on: February 24, 2014, 10:53:49 AM »
I have been considering getting traditional Maori tattoos on my face.  I have checked with a few local tattoo artists but they are all too expensive, so I am just going to do it myself.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  Here is what I am going for:

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2321 on: February 24, 2014, 01:49:34 PM »
Because everyone needs something to snicker at today:



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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2322 on: February 24, 2014, 01:56:24 PM »
Because everyone needs something to snicker at today:

I don't get it...
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2323 on: February 24, 2014, 02:16:55 PM »
Because everyone needs something to snicker at today:

I don't get it...

I figure someone can find stuff to snicker about .....I snicker at pictures of myself all the time... ;)

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« Reply #2324 on: February 24, 2014, 02:25:18 PM »
Because everyone needs something to snicker at today:

I don't get it...

I figure someone can find stuff to snicker about .....I snicker at pictures of myself all the time... ;)

Are you snickering in your picture? :)
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« Reply #2325 on: February 24, 2014, 02:28:33 PM »
Because everyone needs something to snicker at today:

I don't get it...

I figure someone can find stuff to snicker about .....I snicker at pictures of myself all the time... ;)

Are you snickering in your picture? :)


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« Reply #2326 on: February 24, 2014, 02:43:42 PM »
Because everyone needs something to snicker at today:




Yay! I've been wondering. :) You look very nice. No snickering here.

Now if only some of the rest of you would pay up and post...
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2327 on: February 24, 2014, 02:57:31 PM »
Denise, you look good! Nothing to worry about.  :)
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2328 on: February 24, 2014, 02:58:33 PM »
I have been considering getting traditional Maori tattoos on my face.  I have checked with a few local tattoo artists but they are all too expensive, so I am just going to do it myself.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  Here is what I am going for:



I think you could probably just get the ink out of many Bic pens to use. Maybe get yourself a sewing needle and secure them to a stick (or one of those Bic pens if you want to be really thrifty) as your needle poker. Make sure you sanitize that needle in a flame though.

I can't see what could possibly go wrong. Just trace out your design first on your face and sit in front of a mirror- you're good to go!
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2329 on: February 24, 2014, 03:28:23 PM »
I have been considering getting traditional Maori tattoos on my face.  I have checked with a few local tattoo artists but they are all too expensive, so I am just going to do it myself.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  Here is what I am going for:



I think you could probably just get the ink out of many Bic pens to use. Maybe get yourself a sewing needle and secure them to a stick (or one of those Bic pens if you want to be really thrifty) as your needle poker. Make sure you sanitize that needle in a flame though.

I can't see what could possibly go wrong. Just trace out your design first on your face and sit in front of a mirror- you're good to go!

Thanks!  A friend of mine made a tattoo machine out of a needle and an electric drill back in his jail days.  I'd ask him for help but I think he might be back in jail, these days.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2330 on: February 24, 2014, 04:31:34 PM »
Wouldn't it be easier to apply ink liberally to a cactus and apply the cactus liberally to your face?
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2331 on: February 24, 2014, 04:38:43 PM »
Wouldn't it be easier to apply ink liberally to a cactus and apply the cactus liberally to your face?


only if you like a Pointillistic style!

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2332 on: February 24, 2014, 05:30:24 PM »
Thanks!  A friend of mine made a tattoo machine out of a needle and an electric drill back in his jail days.  I'd ask him for help but I think he might be back in jail, these days.

Ah... what a shame. Prison tattoos are renown for their quality!
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2333 on: February 24, 2014, 09:01:02 PM »
It hurt like heck getting it done--the wrist is a very veiny, sensitive part of the body. Traditionally the tattoo is supposed to be done in blue or green to commemorate the bruises from wearing chains around the neck, but I got mine in black because it stays consistent the longest and it looks bluish anyway.

Get back to me after you've gotten one on the side of your ribs. ;) Wise of you to get it in black- it looks nice and crispy black now, but it will eventually settle into a grey-ish green. Incidentally, that is where I got my first tattoo when I turned 18 many moons ago.

Is it normal for the tattooed skin to seem raised? Like, when I rub the tattoo it feels bumpy or crispy swollen.

What was your first tattoo?

I kind of want to get a second tattoo of a Brute Chieftain head with crossed Gravity Hammers behind it but that might look kind of nerdy, especially if I ever acquire a wife and she asks me what it means  :D

Yep, my wrist one was raised, and scabby for almost 3wk. I think the artist was heavy handed on me though since none of my others (lots) did that at all. Do NOT pick at it. My wrist cross is in bad need of a touch up. It itched so bad and I gave in and ended up pulling up some of the ink scab. It doesn't look too bad but I notice it.  :'(

I got mine for personal reasons, to make sure I would never go back to Islam.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2334 on: February 24, 2014, 09:58:36 PM »


Chanting  :)
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2335 on: February 25, 2014, 02:34:59 AM »
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2336 on: February 25, 2014, 06:06:56 PM »
You look so young!
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2337 on: February 25, 2014, 08:12:56 PM »
You look so young!
I guess 18 is pretty young.  :P
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2338 on: February 26, 2014, 12:46:42 AM »
Here is a realistic interpretation of me with a mustache.



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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2339 on: February 26, 2014, 01:02:29 AM »
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