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My Lovely Fairy

finally got the tattoo I've always wanted! I'm 21, and for the past couple of years I've dreamed of getting a tattoo. My ideas for designs changed over the years, ranging from Chinese characters, to an idea for a big design incorporating a Lotus Flower and some tribal swirls. But eventually, I deciede I wanted a tattoo on my left shoulder. I wanted it to be a pretty, happy, young female fairy surrounded by the night sky, stars, and flowers. Now that that was decided, the next step was to find a studio to go to. I actually ended up going to about 10 different studios in Berkeley and SF before finding an artist that I really liked, as well as good sanitation. So I went in on a friday afternoon and spoke to Reed, an artist at Zebra. I spent a few hours looking through the flash sheets, and photos of the work of the artists at Zebra. I had also done this same investivation at all of the other taoott studios I have visited in the past. But at the other studios, I wasn't able to find an artist whose style I truly liked and related to. I am really picky about visual, artistic things, and have a well dveloped sense of aesthetics. I really recommend that anyone who is interested in getting a tattoo really research it first! Vists at least a few studios and speak to the artisis there. Look at the actual photos of each artists work to get a sense of their skill, talent, artistic sense, and style. Examine things like the intricacy of the detail of their designs, and the shading technique used. Remember that not all tattoo artists are equal! A studio may have a very good reputation , but not every artist there will be equally skilled, of have an artistic style that you like. Really check this out! I have meny friends who are not happy with their tattoos, and it is always for the same reason-- the tattoo artist who did the work was not very skilled , and the resulting design may be unidentifiable, poorly done, or ugly. For instance, I have a friend who wanted a taoott of the the blue flower of Switzerland. SHe went to the first studio she found, and had the design done right away by the first tattooist she met. The reaulting "flower" looks more like a seashell or a piece of lettuce than an actual flower. Now my poor devastated friend is in the process of finding another tattoo artist who can cover up that mess! Now I will return to discussing my experience at Zebra in Berkeley with Eric Reed. I described a general idea of what I wanted, and I didn't have any pictures to show him. At many of the other studios I had visited, the artists were either unwilling to, or unalbe to sketch an original design for me, and told me to just find a picture and bring it to them. But that's not what I wanted to do. I didn't want to copy something. I wanted an original design, made especially for me! Reed understood exactly what I wanted. Right away, he sketched a design I really liked, and then I made an appointment for Saturday afternoon. I came in a little nervous that day, and all by myself. And so the tattooing began! It didn't hurt as badly as I thought it would. It took about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. THe only really painful part was the shading, and I kept grimacing. The resulting design is beautiful! It is an adorable fairy with red hair, wearing a purple dress, flying in the dark blue starry night sky, with stars and flowers. She is always there to protect me! And I already want another tattoo, and it's only been 3 days! THis time I want to get a big purple star in the middle of my back, done by the same aritst, witht the same dark blue sky, little yellow stars, and pink flowers that the fairy on my shoulder has. Now I am in day three of the healing process. THe instructions I was given are as follows: Apply Vitamin A and D ointment to the tattoo 2 or 3 times a day for the first 4 days . Also during this time I'm supposed to put a warm compress on the area 2 or 3 times a day as well. After that, I'm supposed to stop using the A and D ointment, and switch to a light lotion like lubriderm, and use that for 2 weeks. And that's it! So far I have not had any problems with healing at all, and that is surprising since I have very sensitive skin. THere is no blood, no scabbing, and no peeling. But maybe it is too soon for the scabbing and peeling to happen yet, I don't know. But overall, the experience of my first tattoo has been a very very good one!

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 17 Nov. 1999
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Artist: Eric+Reed
Studio: Zebra
Location: Berkeley%2C+CA

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