Home Half Sleeve Heaven
Albeit "home" tattoos are incredibly scorned by the modded community, that is exactly what my story is about. I love tattoos and piercings, always have, probably always will. The sad part is, is that the average person cannot possibly afford the prices that tattoos cost to get. Tattoos are a way of expressing yourself without having to use words, it is a ritual, a process, and in some cases the only way some of us can be made to feel whole. I write and I paint, and tattoos is naturally just the next step for me. I have wanted to start my half sleeve for YEARS now, but between life, unexpected upsets, and the actual cost of getting one....it has just never happened.
So what do you do when you can't afford the $100 if not more an hour that shops are charging? You find someone else to do it! I'm not saying everyone should run out and find the first guy you know to get a tattoo done at "home." There are certain sanitary issues that have to be addressed, as well as if the work is actually good or not. Although I was skeptical about the idea, I went ahead and looked around on Kijiji to find my tattooing savior. I found someone close to my area. We exchanged some emails, I got a portfolio of his work, I checked out his place and decided it was good enough for me, and I have some pretty high cleanliness standards. Also, the price was right. That being said, a lot of people say that you get what you pay for, and although that might be true.....$1500 for a tattoo seems mighty steep to me. I paid significantly little for my tattoo, and I am 100% satisfied and happy with it, and at just the fraction of the cost.
The day finally arrived and I was nervous as hell. I had a great night sleep, a good breakfast, popped some Advil and off I went. We spent the first hour chit chatting while he traced out the design, this REALLY helped me to feel relaxed and comfortable. This is basically my first real tattoo. I got one on my back when I was about 17 or 18, and it looks like hell, so I just try and forget that it is even there. Once he was done sketching out my tattoo he put on some gloves and cleaned my arm with a green soap antibacterial cleanser that is often used in hospitals for complete sterilization. Once the stencil was on I super started to get nervous- THIS IS IT, no turning back now!! He then put on a new pair of gloves and set up all of his equipment that he would be using. Once he was done that, he changed his gloves again and set up the machine, another glove change and set up the ink. He showed me the packaging of everything we would be using, so I could see for myself that it was clean, he also made sure I saw the yellow needle disposal containers that he had. Once all of that was done, another glove change and up started the machine!
I was super nervous. I was having flashbacks of my teenage tattoo experience and was preparing for the worst (that tattoo was sooooooo horrendously painful!). At last he started the first line, I relaxed instantly, it really wasn't as bad as I was preparing for. Some places definitely hurt more than others, and surprisingly enough the filling in was actually more painful that the outline. It was most definitely a painful experience, but it wasn't unbearable. Long story short I sat there for 8 hours, right up until it was complete! One it was done he cleaned the area again and then applied an antibacterial covering that is commonly used in wound care, like tagaderm. I will be returning in about 3 weeks time to do some touch ups and some final additions to make it complete! I am incredibly happy with how it turned out and am currently starting the planning phase of my next tattoo projects!
I know a lot of people say home tattoos are a huge no no due to cleanliness and sterilization. However, the room was spotless, he was very clean, and everything he used was clean. The only difference I noted between where I got my tattoo done and a professional shop....is just that...one is a professional shop. My tattoo is healing beautifully, minimal scabbing, no pus or ooze or soupy leaks. I have light bruising in some areas and it is slightly tender (I got it Saturday, and it is now Tuesday). It really does look and feel great. I am taking excellent care of it! And it will look that much better once the touch ups are done :D
So, I hope I don't get too much flack for WHERE I got my art done, but I did want to share how some home tattoos really aren't as sketchy as a lot of people make it out to be.
submitted by: Beckola
on: 08 March 2011
in Religious and Mythological Tattoos