Custom Frog Tattoo
I wanted to get a tattoo honoring my two best friends. My two best friends have been my guardian angels since I turned 18. I dont have family where I live in Texas, and they always are sure that I have a roof over my head, food in my fridge and ride anywhere I need. I wanted a combination of Superman (for one friend) and a frog (for another friend). I searched online and found exactly what I was looking for. I chose a frog, with a little cape, and the tattoo artist drew in a halo.
I went to Smokin' Joe's in Grand Island, Ne, while on vacation visiting my family. My mother got her first tattoo, around the same age I am, from Smokin' Joe himself, and she loves it to this day. I took my above design, and asked the price. I had been quoted $150 - $200 for a full color design. I was quoted $90, with half put down as a deposit when I made the appointment. I was given an appointment for three days after I came in. I came in wearing a coat and a spaghetti strap tank top, as I wanted the tattoo on my right shoulder blade (I plan to be a social worker. All my tattoos and piercings are in places I can easily cover up). They gave me an chair to straddle, with my back facing him. He opened the needles, and ink in full view of my mother. I was extremely nervous at this point!! Id heard that the closer to the neck you got, the more painful it was. He spoke in a calm voice, explaining everything to me. He cleaned my shoulder blade, placed the temporary tattoo down, and began.
Oh. My. God. Ive been in pain in my life, and Im not saying this is the worst Ive ever been in, but it hurt. The fact that it was constant pain, and unending was the worst. I breathed in and tried to ignore it through breathing and talking with my family. The outline was killer. I ignored my pain for too long though. Tell your artist!! I reached a point where I felt cold, and everything was coming through to me as if in a foggy tunnel. I heard myself say "Please, I need a moment, Im going to pass out." The artist immediately stopped, and may have said something to me, I dont remember. He walked out the room, and my mother placed her hand on my back and told me how to breathe. I still was struggling to come out of the almost pass out state. (Some side humor -- my little sister was 9 months pregnant at this point and asked me if the tattoo hurt worse than child birth. Ever laughed while in tunnel vision? I have!) The artist walked back in with a icy cold can of Mountain Dew. He leaned over and said sip very slowly. I did so, and it helped immensely. After I finished half of the can, he asked if I was ready to finish, I was halfway through the outline. I said yes, and he began. It wasnt any better, but I began to sing softly to myself, and that was my saving grace. I just closed my eyes and sang. Music has always been my therapy. If you have a coping skill that you use, use it.
After the outline, it was much better. Still hurt, but much better. He finished after about an hour, and when I apologized for almost fainting, he told me no worries. Said it happened quite often, and at least I warned him so he could allow me to take a breather. Told me he has had over six feet tall built men just hit the floor. He was out of tattoo goo, and told me to go get A&D ointment, with non stick gauze pads. I went and looked, couldnt find non stick big enough and bought normal ones. Do not repeat that mistake! Look until you find it, peeling off a stuck bandage in the morning is painful. A trick I learned, overnight, I would wear saran wrap over my tattoo, a nice thick layer of ointment, and some tape. I have easily irritated skin, so the tape kinda wore my skin down. I kept it completely covered for one week, and another week at night. I need no touch ups and I am completely pleased. The detail is amazing and the craftsmanship is amazing. I am glad that I dont need any touch ups, as I live states away from the parlor. I highly recommend Smokin' Joes. He has been around a very long time, and he only hires the best artists. The place is very clean, and has a plethora of designs to choose from. The price was unbeatable for me. Custom color tattoos are expensive, and you want them done right!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 26 March 2008