I have been planning my tattoo for years. So many ideas and different designs and quotes. Anyway a few weeks ago I ended up standing in a tattoo parlor with my friend from work; she was having her tattoo done. So… with this new found confidence. I booked it. (ahh)
So this was about three weeks ago. Didn’t really think about it for a while. I booked the smallest one that I wanted on my wrist; (Yin Yang, have always loved this symbol and its meaning) and it was mainly to test my pain threshold to see how I’d react. Nervous
Hadn’t really thought about this for a while, just accepted that it was going to happen at some point.
Anyway… sometime around yesterday it dawned on me. It was tattoo day like tomorrow!!
This morning I felt more and more sick. Went to get food (This is a must).
My sister Heather and best friend Abbie came with me. Both of whom either want their first tattoo or another one. So glad they were both with me, they were chatting nuisance and complete random stuff in the corner but it was actually nice to be distracted or think about anything else than what was happening.
It was a weird experience, probably because of the nerves and the fact that what was about to happen was going to be on my body forever. It wasn’t a problem of would I not like the symbol when it was on my skin? I loved it and have always drawn it on anyway. Would just be weird seeing it everyday.
So with a lolly… which surprisingly was so distracting. (Best thing they could have given me.) It started.
Now, having heard so many people trying to explain or describe how it feels. I don’t actually think there are any words. It does not really hurt, some parts feel more uncomfortable and are a bit face screwy than others, other than that it just feel slightly irritating. I think what I didn’t really think about was time. Possibly because when I draw it on in biro, it takes like 1 minute… but obviously this washes off and well its just scribbled really. It didn’t even take that long, (probably 20 minutes) it felt longer maybe because I was sitting there and it was just such a strange sensation and understandably it had to be done so carefully, and it was a circle (felt bad about that). Just kept looking at it, going wow!
Then there was part where I started bleeding, that was nice.
Well anyway, I absolutely love it. Though pretty much scared to do anything that involves moving my wrist just incase it moves. (Writing this is more difficult than I realised.) :/. Rubbing cream on it probably more than needs to be as well and dreading the part where it scabs.
All I will say is, do not rush into it (do not necessarily wait four years like me). Obviously everyone has different thresholds of pain, but it is not as bad as I think it is sometimes made out to be. Mine was only small so I am no expert by any reach . Make sure it is perfect for you and you know that it is what you want on your body forever.
‘It sure left its mark on us, we sure left our mark on it. We let the world know we were here with everything we did. We laid a lot of memories down like tattoos on this town.’ Tattoos on This Town - Jason Aldean