Inner Lip Tattoo
I just got back from getting an inner lip tattoo at Eternal Images in New Hartford. I go to Hamilton College, and I had heard from a few people that Eternal Images was the best place around. I definitely had a good experience today, so check it out if you're in this area.
I have 9 piercings (2 cartilige, 4 lobe, tongue, navel, and vertical clit hood) and (as of today) 3 tattoos, but you'd never know because most of them are well-hidden. I'm going to law school after college, and as much as I love tattoos and piercings, they don't exactly go with my future line of work. That's why an inner lip tattoo was perfect for me: no one sees it unless I show them. I am blind in the center of one of my eyes, so I wanted the Egyptian Eye of Horus to signify protection and vision. It is composed of six different lines, each of which represents one of the six senses. It's a cool symbol and the earliest version of the evil eye; you can't go wrong with that. I've always liked the symbol, but the tattoo was a really impulsive idea-- my friend and I were out to dinner and completely stressed out because it's currently finals week, and she goes, "I just want to go DO something... I am soooo sick of this week," to which I said, "Okay... let's get me a tattoo." We actually went over to the tattoo place that night, but we got there right before it closed and they told us to come back the next day. That's the one negative thing I've heard about Eternal Images: apparently they know they're so good and they're so confident in their abilities and that customers will come back that they just decide when to be open on a daily basis. I was going to go there to get my tongue pierced, and we showed up on a non-holiday during definite business hours, and they just weren't there. And I guess this happens fairly often. Well, I suppose it's worth it to deal with some uncertainty if the finished result is what you want.
I looked at a few designs and brought the one I wanted in to Randy at Eternal Images, and after studying it for a while, he said he'd be able to do it. I was relieved, because I know that it's really hard to do anything detailed in this area. Most people just get a short word or something, and the pictures I've seen on this site often look blurred or crooked. Randy said that it's particularly difficult because the skin is so delicate there-- if you go too deep, it blurs; if you go to shallow, the ink leaks out. Oh, and I guess ink leakage isn't terrible for you. I had heard that tattoo ink is really toxic and will give you all sorts of issues, but that's crap.
I had to hold a paper towel over my lower lip to dry it out so he could draw the design on with a red permanent marker. I verified that it looked good and it was where I wanted it. I had to hold my lip out the whole time he was tattooing, which freaked me out a little because I was afraid he'd mess up if I slipped. Plus I had to bite my tongue to stop myself from laughing, because my friends looked absolutely horrified throughout the procedure. I was preoccupied with holding my lip steady and trying not to drool all over myself. My other tattoos are genital and ankle, and both hurt worse than this one. Obviously it's not a great feeling, but I could definitely tolerate it. It's kind of addicting, as many tattooed people will tell you... kind of like a searing, sharp burn. Luckily I don't mind the feeling, because I've heard that there's not much you can do to prevent inner lip tattoos from fading fairly quickly. I've heard that you need one or two touchups to make it permanent, but bring it on :) It will be fun.
My lip was sort of swollen in the ten or fifteen minutes directly after getting the tattoo, but it went down quickly. I have to MC a show on campus tomorrow night so I was worried about whether I'd be able to talk like a normal person, but I definitely can. I even ate dinner about an hour afterwards and it was totally fine; I was just eating kind of awkwardly to avoid anything touching the area. This is seriously the easiest thing I've ever done in the body modification category, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who's interested. Like I said before, the only thing I have yet to determine is the amount of fading.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 25 Dec. 2006
in Lip Tattoos
Originally written by Sarah
Studio: Eternal Images
Location: New Hartford, NY