Third Time's the Charm...
April, 2008: it had been about eight months since my last tattoo, and after much debating and thought, I decided that it was time to add a third one to the collection. Choosing what to get was a fairly simple process; I have a red-and-black nautical star on my left leg, and since I have a bit of a thing for symmetry, it had been bothering me for awhile that the other side was empty. Thus, I ultimately decided on a matching star for my right leg, with one difference: it would be blue instead of red.
With the design decided upon, my dad and I headed down to Warlock early in the week to see Scott and make an appointment. Luckily, he was in when we got there, and told me that he had an opening at noon that coming Saturday, right when the shop opened. Being incredibly excited at this point, I told him right away that I would take it, and left the shop happy at the prospect of getting a new tattoo!
Fast-forward to Saturday: I had an exam to write in the morning, and was to head to the shop as soon as it was finished. I arrived just before noon, and waited outside with a few others. The door was unlocked and we all headed inside; Scott was ready and waiting for me with drawing in hand. He had me come back to his station so he could measure and check it for size against my existing tattoo; a few minor adjustments and we were ready to go. He made up the stencil and applied it; it took a few tries to get it right, but with a bit of adjustment we both agreed that it matched up nicely to the other side. That done, he covered his bench with sterile paper, got all his equipment ready and told me to take a seat... time to get on with the tattoo!
After making sure I was comfortable, Scott told me that he was going to start off with a small line, to make sure I was okay with it... it doesn't seem to matter how many tattoos you have, you never seem to get entirely used to the feeling. Still, it wasn't bad- really just like a deep, hot scratch. In any case, it only took about 10 minutes, and then it was time to move on to the color. After deciding which sides of each point were to be black and which blue, I next had to choose which shade of blue I wanted. I knew I didn't want it really light, and had originally been leaning towards having it darker, almost navy. Scott told me that it wouldn't be a good idea to have it that dark, as it would be hard to tell the blue from the black, and instead mixed up a nice medium blue that I liked better right away. The shading and coloring also weren't too bad; the best way I can think of to describe the sensation is that it feels like your legs feel after you've been sitting on them too long, kind of like pins and needles. The color was done after about another 15 minutes, and before I knew it Scott was cleaning it off and telling me we were all done. He invited me to check it out in the mirror, and I hopped up and walked over to have a look.
It looked great... such a simple design, and yet I couldn't have asked for anything better. The lines were clear and straight, the color bright and sharp. It looked even better than I had imagined it would; suffice to say that I was very happy! After a quick bandaging and a quick review of aftercare instructions (basically, keep it clean and dry, and use a bit of unscented lotion on it whenever it started to feel dry or tight), I thanked Scott for doing such a good job, paid at the counter, and left the shop with quite possibly the biggest, dorkiest happy grin plastered across my face. I did get a few odd looks while walking the block or so back to my car (most likely because the huge bandage strapped to my leg made me look like the victim of some kind of horrible accident, haha), but I didn't care... I had my new tattoo, and that was all that mattered.
To sum it up, I've said it before and I'll say it again... if you're looking for a good tattoo artist in Brandon, I cannot recommend Scott enough. He's a great artist, does awesome work, and is overall just a great guy who does a wonderful job of making everyone he works on feel at ease and comfortable. My legs finally match, and I couldn't be happier. You can bet that Scott will be seeing me again soon!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 24 April 2008