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My itchy flower

I'll be honest; when I first decided to get a tattoo on my foot I was afraid. I had two tattoos already, a small one on my lower back and medium/largish wings on my shoulders. I knew that tattoos over bony, thin skinned areas, like the feet, hurt worse than other areas.

When I first decided to get this tattoo I started reading experiences to get a better idea of how it would be and how it would heal. The experiences ranged from worst pain in your life to eh no big deal. I decided to take the stance that it would be bearable but worse than my others.

The day of my tattoo appointment I made sure to eat first and then headed off to my appointment with Alex at Denton Tattoo Company. When I got there we went through the ID copying, paperwork signing hoopla. Alex showed me what he had drawn up and we talked about colors and such. I wanted the flower to be pink and the stem to be green. Alex mentioned doing the highlights in red. I had always said I would not get a red tattoo for fear of an allergic reaction. When I was a kid my mom used to say I was allergic to red dye. The only symptom she said I had though was hyperactivity. I just assumed this was her way of getting me not to drink kool-aid and such. I squashed my previous vow to myself and said red would be fine. I should have gone with my instinct.

I tried to stay calm as I made my way to the chair and Alex helped me not freak out by asking me placement questions. After shifting, resizing, placing, wiping off, and replacing the design for a while I had the cleanest foot around, and the stencil was on.

The outline hurt worse than anything. The pain was sharp and burning. I didn't think it was the worst pain I had ever felt though, so don't worry if you are thinking about one. The tattoo is a calla lily that goes from halfway down the outside of my foot to under my toes. The pain was worst by my big toe and on the outside of the foot. During the tattoo my fiancé read us news stories off of her phone. The conversation helped distract my mind. I will admit I gripped the chair and had sweaty hands the whole time. It was bearable though and I made it. Toward the end of the tattoo I asked Alex how I had done as far as whining went. He said I was a 3 out of 11 because I wasn't whining, I was just dealing with the pain.

Afterward he wrapped the tattoo in plastic wrap and I hobbled my way to the car without my shoes. I planned this tattoo over a three day weekend so that I could stay without shoes while it was healing. When I got home I washed the tattoo and propped my foot up. I stayed on the couch with my foot propped up for the rest of the evening. The first night was strange. My foot swelled and felt tingly and numb the whole time. It was a very weird feeling, sort of like when your foot falls asleep and then starts to wake up. It stung at times but overall it was just strange feeling.

The next few days I stayed out of shoes, limped or hopped around my apartment so as not to put pressure on it, and kept it propped as much as possible. The next day it was still swollen some but lost the tingling feeling. The third day the swelling had gone down more and the tattoo was almost completely pain free. I still kept out of shoes and off it though.

I wore shoes that didn't touch it for the next week and a half. I think it would have healed faster if I had been able to stay off of it but I had to work so no luck. I washed it twice a day and covered it in fragrance free oatmeal lotion when it itched or felt tight. It took a while to peel. My other tattoos started peeling by the third day; this one took until the 6th or 7th day to begin peeling.

After a week the tattoo started to itch terribly and have raised bumps. At first I wasn't sure if it was just the peeling making it itch. That evening I realized I was having an allergic reaction to the red ink used for highlights because the bumps were only in the areas where the red was used. I tried using lotion to make it itch less but that didn't help. Then I started using an anti-itch cream, which worked pretty well. I used the cream for days until it settled down some. Now it only itches when it gets hot or rubs against something.

I would recommend a foot tattoo to other people. It hurts but it is bearable. Be prepared to take a few days off to rest it. Good luck!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 16 June 2008
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