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Loosing my "tattoo-inity"

Well I lost my tattoo-inity, two days after my 18th birthday. I got the french word for love, amour, on my left wrist. I was sooo nervous.
When I had first decided that I was going to go for the plunge, two weeks ago, I decided I should call and make an appointment. Brian Beckwith is an amazing tattoo artist, if it isn't obvious by the fact that I drove an hour to get tattooed by him. I figured he would be pretty booked up. I was able to get an appointment for Tuesday at 12:30, 2 days after my birthday. The mother agreed to pay for it as my birthday present.
The drive up to East Bridgewater, was sooo nerve wracking. I didn't know what to think. I had heard from some people that the wrist didn't hurt at all, and from others that it killed. The entire drive, I kept wanting to wimp out. Stubborn little me, kept my mouth shut because I wanted to prove them wrong.
We drove past the studio, thank you Cheryl, our lovely GPS system. Finally we found Mass Ink. I started to get even more nervous as we walked to the front door. We walked in, and then Brian drew up my tattoo.
I don't know how, but he chose the perfect script! Then we discussed the heart. At first I wanted the heart to be on the side, but then we realized it would wrap around to the side of my wrist if we did that, so we did the heart above the word. Then colors! wooohoo! I chose black for the script and outline, and hot pink for the inside of the heart. I still kept wanting to wimp out, because I was terrified of the pain.
We went into the room, my friend held my hand, and the official process began.
Brian shaved my wrist, where my friend decided we needed some comic relief(as I was borderline peeing myself) and said "Brittany, do you have hairy wrists, what have you been doing?!" I didn't pick up on it that well and said "I thought that was hairy palms..." The guy must have thought I was a complete bimbo.
Now, I'm a baby when it comes to all pain. I'll admit it. I chose my wrist for my first tattoo(not the smartest of all places since I'm a wuss.) It was the only place I could think of that I wanted it though, so I sucked it up. Shaking because I was so nervous to lose my tattoo cherry, I gripped my friends hand. The buzzing sound started, I almost jumped up and screamed that I couldn't do it, but considering it was right above my wrist, I realized that jumping up would hurt more than actually getting the tattoo. So I tightened my grip a bit, and felt it hit my wrist. It was a bit shocking at first, getting used to the feeling.
For the most part, it didn't hurt too bad. It wasn't the type of pain that I wouldn't go through again. I thought that getting the outline wouldn't hurt as bad as getting it filled. Boy was I in for a shocker. After the outline I was like oh god if its worse I don't know what I'll do. It really wasn't though! The heart was then added. Then the filling in started. I was actually be able to look at him while he filled in the heart. Once it was finished, he put vitamin a + d on it, explained to me how to care for it and all the technical stuff. When he put the a + d on it, I swear it felt sooo good. It felt like when you have a sunburn and you put aloe on it, how good it automatically feels and how relieving it is. He put the cloth on it, and off we went! The price was $60 and I left a $20 tip.
I was shocked I went through with it, I really was. So was everyone else. Even up until I started getting it done, the friend I was with, didn't think I would go through with it. But she held my hand the entire time, and I think if she wasn't there, I wouldn't have been able to do it. Friends are GREAT support systems.
Everyone thought I would wimp out, but I didn't. I love my tattoo!

I would recommend Brian to anyone and everyone! He has done amazing work not just on me but on friends of mine too.
After I had it done, I showed everyone and anyone. There wasn't a single person who wasn't shocked that I went through with it. Everyone loved it too.
To keep it moist is very hard, do to the fact that its rubbing against stuff a lot. So I'm constantly putting vitamin A + D on it. He said twice a day, but I do it like once every couple of hours because I don't want it to dry out.
So that's my tattoo story, I am so happy with it and I hope my story was able to help anyone!

Oooh, and here it is by the way!

The heart looks red, but thats just because there was a bit of blood on it when I took the picture.

The End!

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on: 24 April 2008
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Artist: Brian+Beckwith
Studio: Mass+Ink
Location: East+Bridgewater%2C+MA

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