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Don't Knock It Until You Try It

e been wanting to get a tattoo for about three years now. I've done a lot of research on the web. To see how they sterlize everything to how to care for your new tattoo. My husband's in the military. Being a military wife most of us always want to get something done. While they are gone away. Or buy something for the house you know they will say we don't need. Anyway,I asked my hubby, Mike about getting a tattoo. He told me he didn't care because I would not go through with it. That made me want to do it even more. A couple of days before Mike came home. I took my daughter to a friend's house. So,I could go get my tattoo. Remember "No Children Allowed". I wouldn't of taken her anyway. She would of freaked out, them hurting her Mama. I went to one tattoo studio but their was a couple of people ahead of me wanting one. I thought to myself if I have to wait my turn I'll chicken out. I went to another tattoo studio called Smiling Budda. I went in. Their were only a couple of people looking around and the chairs were full. I looked around and found two pictures I liked. I found a rose with barbed wire around it and a moon with a cloud whisp. I decided on getting the moon. It seems like their are way to many women that have roses. I would have it put on my right shoulder blade. That away if I had to hide it, I could. I asked the man behind the counter if I could request a certain tattoo artist? He said "yes". I asked if the woman behind their could give me my tattoo since it was my first one. He told .e sure she could. He went and told her I wanted her to do my tattoo. She said okay and would be finished in about fifteen minutes. I said okay. At this moment I was getting nervous and I wasn't even in the chair yet. I went next door to go to the ladies room. When I get nervous I always have to go. I went back to the tattoo studio. The female tattoo artist was just finishing up. When she was finished she called me over there. I went over to her chair. She introduced herself to me. Her name was Karen. She was really nice. I asked her if she had any tattoos. She told me " Believe it or not I don't have any." Their are very few tattoo artist that don't have any at all.
She took the stencil and putit on my shoulder to make sure that's where I wanted it. I told her it looked good there. She asked me to sit in her chair and put my shirt down so she could draw my tattoo. After, I sat down she told me she was going to draw the outline first then color it. She told me that the outline my hurt or sting a little. If the pain was to much for me just tell her. I only had to tell it was to much one time. I was proud of myself. It wasn't that bad until she stayed on one line for to long. That's when it hurt. When I told her to stop for a second. She told me it was okay and I was doing great. Then she started again. The outline took about thirty minutes. Boy, I'm glad that was over. It was time to start on the coloring in. I wish it was that painless through the whole thing. She was finished with the coloring it in ten minutes. I asked a lot of questions while she was drawing my tattoo. She was very nice and patient with me. I'm the type of person that likes to know what's going on. The kind of people you call nosey. When Karen was finished she had me look in the mirror. To see if I liked it. I told her it looked awsome. She told me that it was a little more red than usual (in the yellow part of the moon). Because of the blood and it was a fresh tattoo. She put a bandage on it. She told me to buy some A&D Ointment and to wash it four times a day and put ointment on it for a week. Then put lotion on it. She told me not to scratch it. I went and got my daughter and went home. I put my daughter down for the night. I went into the bathroom and took off my bandage. I had a little more blood on the bandage then I expected. I looked at my tattoo. I thought to myself. I can't believe I finally did it. The next day it didn't really hurt. It felt like a sunburn. You know when you get a sunburn and your skin feels tight? That's what it felt like. Everyone has a different pain tolarance. I showed Mike when he got home. He liked it and he said it was cool. He keeps looking at it. So, I know he likes it. I want to get another tattoo in a couple of months. But this time. I asked my hubby if he would design one for me. He told me he would. I think that's about all I have to say. If you are thinking about getting a tattoo. Go for it. But, first do some research over it and look to see what kind of tattoo you want. Don't do it on the spare of the moment. You might regreat it. If anyone has any questions and anything at all about getting a tattoo just e-mail me.

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on: 17 Nov. 1999
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Artist: Karen+B.
Studio: Smiling+Budda+Tattoo+Studio
Location: Savannah%2C+Georgia

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