Now I Have A Friggin' Rooster On My Back
le of weeks ago I started to get the itch--anyone who's ever been tattooed by an exceptional artist knows what I'm talking about. I couldn't eat, sleep, or even go to the bathroom without thinking about getting inked. When I could no longer bear it, I called U.S.A. Tattoo and Body Piercing in Washington, MO (where I get all my tattoos done) and made an appointment. I didn't know what I wanted when I got to the studio so I had to look through the books until I found a design that I liked. (BAD IDEA !!!!) I ran into some people I knew from school and around town and talked to them for awhile to kill time and think about possible designs. After browsing for maybe half an hour I ran across a bright orange rooster that seemed to call out to me. So like a moron I took it over to Bubba and had him make the stencil and everything. Within ten minutes he placed the stencil on the lower left side of my back had me lay down in this dentist chair-like device that was really uncomfortable. I felt like I was at the doctor's office. Dave, the yougest artist in the studio, got me some pillows to raise my back up so Bubba would have an easier time with the tattoo. Since I have two other tattoos (a lovesick dragon on my right bicep and a colorful ring of catprints around my right ankle) I was expecting some pain, but there wasn't any. The dull buzzing of the gun on my skin was so relaxing that I literally almost fell asleep in the chair. I guess that's proof that I'm addicted. After what felt like 5 minutes but must have been closer to an hour, I was finished. I stood up, looked in the mirror, and was greeted by an orange rooster. I loved it. I paid my $95, left a tip, received my care instructions (which I already knew by heart) and drove home. My parents reacted in their typical way--Dad yelled at me like he always does when I come home with fresh ink and Mom started talking talking about how much she wants one. Only this time, since it was Grandma's birthday, she was at my house to help Dad with the yelling. I really don't see what the big deal is. I'm eighteen-years-old and can get tattooed if I want to. After a couple of days the novelty of having a rooster on my back wore off. It has no meaning to me whatsoever and I don't really like it. If I don't grow to like it in the next five years, I'm either getting it removed or covered-up. I guess I should keep it as a learning experience--from now on I'm going to put A LOT of thought into what I get permanently etched into my skin. Anyone who decides to get tattooed should put a great deal of careful thought and planning into their design. If you go into the studio with no clue as to what you want, you'll end up with something you'll grow to hate in the long run. Trust me. ***If you're ever in Missouri and want a tat or a piercing, I highly recommend U.S.A. They're unbelieveably clean, sterile,creative,and friendly. @#$%@#$%@#$%@#$%@#$%@#$%Questions and Answers@#$%@#$%@#$%@#$%@#$%@#$% 1) How much does a tattoo hurt? It depends on where on the body the tattoo is. My bicep hurt very little, I screamed when they did my ankle, and I almost fell asleep when I had my lower back done, so that didn't hurt at all. 2) What should I look for in a good tattoo parlor? Sterility, bright lighting, the wonderful smell of green soap, friendly staff, and FRESH NEEDLES!!!!! 3) How much does a tattoo cost? It depends on the studio and the tattoo, but if you're spending less than $70 for a moderate sized tat, there's a problem. Good artists don't work cheap and cheap artists aren't any good. All three of my tats took 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete and they cost me $90, $100, and $95. 4) What kind of aftercare procedure should I use? I always use A&D ointment until the flaking stage,then switch to Udder Cream for about a week. I've never had to get a touch-up. 5) How much should I tip the tattoo artist? For God's sake don't tip anything less than 20% unless you're so dazed that you don't know any better. When I got my ankle tat I was in so much pain that I didn't know what I was doing and only tipped $10--I can't believe my friends let me get away with that! I think I pissed my tattoo artist off when I did that, and a tattoo artist is just not someone I want to have pissed at me.
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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 18 Aug. 1999