You want a tat, go for it. SHOP around first and look at their work. MOST good ones will have an album showing pics of their finished work. Look for their health certificates and check with the local health dept. to see if they have ever been fined or had any complaints, such as clealiness. A PROFESSIONAL tattoo studio should be as clean, if not cleaner, than a Doctors office. Also ask for a NEW needle and MAKE sure the gun is clean and does not have any ink left on it from the previos work. Make sure YOU see the ink poured from the bottle and they don't try and use ink thats already in a cup or palet, it was probably used on the last job, mixed with the other persons blood! As for old peoples tats looking bad, yep. Thats because the technology and inks was VERY different back then. As for getting one removed, about $1000.00 a square inch using a laser by a quailified Doctor. As guessed I have some. My devil tat with USMC, 4 leaf clover and a great Brown Trout on my left upper bicep that was a cover up of another tat. My fish has around 15 colors and looks pretty good. My fisrt one, my USMC, was done in 1989 in New Jersey and it still looks great. Don't put anything on the tat after you get it, no anti-bacterial ointments at all! The oil base will pull the ink. Just keep it clean and dry and let it heal naturaly.
The duck idea sounds good to me. That would look kinda neat under my fish........hmmmmmmmm.
Hey, did you grab the blind bag with the shells when we left the truck?
Safetys, use them: If you can see red, you can get dead!