I finally did it! :)
34 year old, recently remarried, mother of a 12 year old daughter, raised in a very conservative atmosphere, but I have always been somewhat of a rebel! ;) For the longest time, I have wanted to get a tattoo. I first thought about it 10 years ago, during my divorce, as sort of a "rites of passage" deal - but I never had the courage. Currently, I work at a zoo, and many of the keepers have had tats done and they look great! After talking it over with my husband, I decided to go for it.
The first trip to the studio was on a Sunday. The shop was crowded, and we couldn't stay until it was my turn because my husband needed to get to work. But we hung around for about an hour looking at flash, and talking to the artists a bit, and generally soaking up the atmosphere. My hubby promised that we would come back the following weekend and get me inked.
All that week, I read everything I could find about getting a tattoo. I read ALL of the BME tat experiences, and it helped soothe my poor frazzled nerves to hear what others had to say.
Finally, the day arrived. We headed to the studio, which is about an hour away from my home, and I signed myself in the appointment book. Felt like I was selling my soul to the devil or something! (LOL - just kidding). I was getting more and more nervous, BUT more and more determined to do this as the minutes clicked by! My 12 year old daughter came along for the trip, and she was getting quite a kick out of the whole thing. She enjoyed looking at the flash and planning what she might get someday... when she is of age. My husband kept finding the most outrageous, butch-looking scary flash and saying, "Hey, how about this one honey?" I was about ready to kick his ass right in front of everybody. Finally it was my turn!
The piece I chose is quite different, but it fits me perfectly. It is a simple black line drawing of a little dove, which is holding the letter "L" in its mouth. The "L" curves around and forms a heart - almost one continuous line! Very simple, very exquisite, and very, VERY appropriate for me, for 2 reasons: I have been raising and training exotic birds for 14 years, and my name starts with the letter "L"! (Was this MEANT to be, or what???) I had it placed on my left calf, on the outside, just below the knee, where it shows up beautifully when I wear shorts.
The shop is absolutely wonderful - clean, tastefully decorated, easy to access... sterile... I can't say enough nice things about these guys. They made me feel comfortable. I signed all the necessary paperwork and watched as Jinx prepared everything, and then it was time.
The artist who did my tat was named "Jinx". At first glance, I thought OH my GOD! This guy had a shaved head, and a fish skeleton tattooed on his skull. (OUCH!) But he was a heck of a nice guy. He is the "newest" tattoo artist on staff, from what I understand, and he is very good. He had an awesome sleeve... but I was too nervous to remember the details of it, exactly!
I must admit - it didn't hurt as much as I thought it would. I sure sweated up a bunch of bullets, though! I joked about wetting the chair, but Jinx said that happens all the time. (eeeew!) Anyway, initially, I could barely feel a thing! I looked over at my husband and said, "OH! That's not bad at all!" ... but by the time we were going over the general outline for the 2nd or third time to make it darker, I was gritting my teeth a bit. The entire piece only took about 15 minutes, if that, but an outliner had to be used for the entire thing. Still, I didn't think it was that bad at all. Sort of like being drawn on by a hot curling iron the size of a ball point pen! That's the only way I can think to describe it. Soon, Jinx was wiping off the excess ink and what not, and I was done! They told me that if I could handle that - with the outliner - then I was hooked! :) I think they are right! The only thing is... many people who see my tat say, "OH! When are you going to have it colored in?" It's not SUPPOSED to be colored in! I guess you could, but that would take away the filagree look it has... sigh
The healing was very quick and very easy... I had no problems... and my art looks great. I am ready for my next one! I would like to get a butterfly, a long tribal one that will sort of match the bird, and have it placed just below the first one. And my husband is saving his pennies to get HIS tat done... he wants a wolf paw print with blue-eyed wolves peeking out of the paw pads... very cool!
So - this may not be the last you hear from me!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Oct. 1999