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My first tattoo

I have always loved tattoos and it was never a big deal with my family. Even though my parents did not have any tattoos, they were very open minded and taught me to be creative and unique and to express myself however I wanted with in reason (of course, no facial tattoos or anything extreme) I had been planning on getting a tattoo ever since I was 18. Every time I actually got close to getting one, I would chicken out! Everyone kept telling me how much it would hurt so I kept getting scared. Four years later, I felt like, if I don't do it now, I never would.

I had gotten my navel pierced two years ago and I thought it was so painful! So, naturally, I thought a tattoo would hurt even worse.

What I originally wanted and still want is a tattoo covering my upper left arm of the skin being ripped away to reveal a field of daisies underneath. It will be a memorial tattoo for my mom who passed away three years ago. Her favorite flower were daisies. But I was so scared something so big was going to hurt so bad! I decided to start with a small tattoo on my hip and see how it goes from there.

I knew what I wanted. I kept joking to my boyfriend that I would get his name really big on my stomach, but he didn't appreciate the joke, some people have no sense of humor! I love stars but did not want to get the same nautical or regular stars like everyone else. I wanted some personality to mine. I wanted a cute little curved star with a happy face. It reminded me of a little stuffed star I had when I was little. I have been telling my boyfriend and he kept encouraging me to do it. I also wanted to get a moon on the other hip but I figured one was enough for my first time!

We live in Louisiana, but we went to Mississippi for my boyfriend to go to a business meeting so I had some time to kill. I was driving around town and kept noticing Lady Luck Tattoos. It is a pretty new parlor so they were not very busy. With in ten minutes of thinking about it, was was in there filling out the paperwork. I did not want to give myself enough time to talk myself out of it again. I told Rob what I wanted and he drew it up and showed me. I didn't like the first draft. I told him what I wanted changed, he came back with the second drawing, and it was exactly how I visions it in my mind! It felt like it was taking forever for Rob, my tattoo artist, to get everything ready. In the waiting room, I was in a cold sweat and was shaking, but I kept telling myself it was too late to turn back. I had already paid fifty dollars for it and I really wanted to see the look on my boyfriends face when I surprise him with something he thought he would have to hold my hand to do!

Rob was so incredibly nice! He explained everything and made sure I was comfortable. He let me feel the needle vibrating before he started. I was still nervous and sweating but I very a little better by then. I was worried it was going to be messed up because I kept moving my legs. When it really started hurting, I started cursing! I would apologize and he would laugh and say he has heard worse. He quickly did the tattoo (its basically only a black outline with some light blue shading)and after a whole fifteen minutes, I was wondering what I was so nervous about as I looked at my beautiful little smiley star on my hip! I really thought I was going to start crying, passing out, or throwing up, but Rob said I did great! This was only a week ago, so it still healing. The scabs are starting to come off and it just keeps looking better and better!

It did hurt, especially when it got close to my hip bone, but, it was totally worth it! After about ten minutes, it was so irritated, It started just going numb, so it wasn't too bad at the end. I gone it done early enough so by the time I would have to pick my boyfriend up, it would be time to take the bandage off. When I picked up my boyfriend from his meeting, he was so surprised!! We both love it! When I showed all my friends, they said it fits me perfectly! I am now planning much more!

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 13 March 2008
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Artist: Rob
Studio: Lady+Luck+Tattoos
Location: Hattiesburg%2C+MS

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