I had wanted to get a tattoo since I was about 15 but I was determined not to get a tattoo off the wall as I knew everyone had them (and most of them are pretty nasty anyway). I took the time to develop an idea and draw mine myself, I'm really glad I waited until I was older - thinking about the ones I wanted when I was 15 makes me relieved I didn't try it then!
I love the huge colour range of inks there are to use in tattoos, mine was definitely going to be a colourful one. I got it on my collarbone towards my left shoulder, it's a paisley pattern with a rainbow wash through the background I'm always getting compliments on it and its satisfying knowing that no one has it as I drew it myself. Even if you cant draw its easy to play with a photocopier and cut and pate your own design its definitely worth the effort.
On the day of my tattoo I was just excited I have plenty piercings and I high pain threshold so I wasn't worried. The place I went to is well established in Newcastle the staff were really helpful in helping me develop my idea and were happy to answer any questions I had. There was no pressure and no rush and the pace stunk of clean!
I was sure about where I wanted it so Gary put the transfer on my collarbone once that was done I realised the image was back to front but I preferred it that way! We picked out the colours I wanted for the background and the order they would go in. We clarified how the colours would blend into each other it was great how he really pushed me for the specifics of my idea asking questions I hadn't even considered myself. He showed me the sterile needles etc etc that you should look for when getting any bod mod and then it was just a case of lying down and letting him do his job. I really enjoyed the experience, some of the tattoo is right on the bone and the skin is thin there Gary said it should have hurt a lot but maybe he was just saying it. The tattoo is about the size of a palm and it was more annoying that I couldn't see it being done as I had to keep my neck straight. Every now and then he would stop so I could see it growing. He started with the black outline of the paisley the black is done with a single needle and goes a bit deeper than the colour the worst bit apparently. He did seem to be putting more pressure on it, scraping at my skin with the needle. It wasn't painful more uncomfortable coupled with impatience I guess. That took about 25 minutes to complete. I was really happy with it but I was desperate to get some colour on there!
The needles for colour apparently are made up of more points so it seems to be less painful it didn't feel like the pressure of the black outline, more like he was painting it on with some sandpaper if you know what I mean! He did an excellent job the colours all fit in evenly and perfectly. I had four small paisley tears around the outside in block purple as a frame too once they were done I was free to get up and take a look! I was so happy with it the colours are so vivid and look great filling in the pattern like they do.
He covered it up with good old kitchen roll and masking tape and I got some tattoo goo to look after it while it was healing. It was torture not to pick at it I'll admit it didn't scab like a normal cut it just went kind of dry and I just had to pat it if it was itchy. Still like getting a new piercing the best bit is looking after it, I put the goo on when I had to and waited for my check up,
When I went back some of the pink had faded a bit so Gary topped it up for me and its been fine ever since. The only think I would mention is make sure your deign is flawless when you get it mine has a tiny dint in one of the edges that I must have assumed he would straighten out as he went along but he thought I wanted it that way. Anyway I'm gonna get that straightened out when I go for my next tattoo in two weeks time. Be careful, tattoos are looking to be just as addictive as piercings I've got a book full of doodles wanting to be my next tattoo!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 13 March 2008