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My First Tattoo

extremely nervous when I went to get my first tattoo in honor of my 17th birthday. I had decided on a small kanji character that represents destiny and heaven. I hadn't decided on that easily, either. I didn't want to get something that I would only be sorry for later in life, so I really took my time thinking about what I wanted and where I was going to put it. Once the time came, when I was sure that I was ready to go in, I took my best friend with me so that I would stay brave. My friends with tattoos all told me that it didn't really hurt but I wasn't so sure. I've never had a high threshold for pain. I sat down in the chair and shut my eyes to relax. I remember wanting to get up and leave while she was filling me in on all of the legal information but I wanted a tattoo so badly. Finally, she put the needle to my skin and told me that she was going to do a line so I could see exactly how it felt. It stung a little at first when she started to do the outline but, mostly, it was just an irritating feeling; like an itch I couldn't scratch. I didn't feel any pain. I just wanted to get it over with. My leg spasmed a few times and I was so worried that I would mess her up, lol. Luckily, she knew exactly what she was doing. While she was filling it in, the needle started to tickle a little. So, it wasn't so bad afterall. And, as soon as she was done, I had to urge to get another one! However, that'll have to wait until January. So that was my first tattoo experience. Personally, I think my eyebrow piercing hurt more and that was a piece of cake. However, when I got up out of the chair... you could see an outline of my body due to nervous sweat. She wrapped my leg and told me to leave it wrapped for twelve hours. I was surprised when I took it off later that night and saw an imprint of blood in the shape of my tattoo. I didn't know that I had actually bled. Call me naive... but... I'm new with these things, lol. This was only two days ago, so it still has quite awhile before it is fully healed. When I touch it, it feels like a bruise would. I am definitely being careful to follow all of the after-care instructions so that it will turn out well once it is fully healed. If you live in the Tucson area, I definitely recommend Ronnie at Modern Art, Inc. She was extremely helpful when it came to answering all of my silly questions. Trust me, I had plenty, lol. She also did a very good job at making me feel relaxed by explaining what I should expect and once it came time to do the tattooing, she did an awesome job on that. It was such a great experience for me that I will be going back come January to get a larger tattoo on my lower back of a tribal heart. I can't wait... my boyfriend and I are going to go together. The lady who did my tattoo mentioned that she was always weary when it came to tattooing minors and if she didn't agree with what they wanted, she wouldn't do it. I thought that was neat because I know there are probably a lot of teens who have the urge to get a tattoo that they might regret later in life or in a place that might not be so wonderful once they age a little. So definitely, if I were to give any advice: make sure that you're not doing it on an impulse because it is a big decision. They aren't easy to get removed or covered-up. Also, drawing your own or sitting down with an artist and explaining exactly what you want is really important and it just adds to your experience. If you can't think of any ideas, sit down and talk about what you like and see if the artist can't come up with a sketch that is exactly what you've been looking for. It's a lot better than getting something generic that you might not like ten years down the road. For example, my friend got a tattoo of a frog on her foot because it was all she could afford at the time and now she regrets it. Remember, this is all my opinion. If you have any questions or would like to chat about it, please e-mail me. I also love to hear other people's experiences with tattoos or piercings so don't hesitate to drop me a line. Take care of yourselves. kinkykitty17@aol.com

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on: 01 Jan. 2000
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Location: Tucson%2C+AZ

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