My tattoo has been a long thought out process which has probably taken about 10 years to finally come to fruition.
The first dilemma was that I didn't think that I was the type of person that had have mod's done (something I got over that about 12 months ago by getting my hood pierced and followed that with my nose).
The second dilemma was what to have tattooed. I have thought about this for what felt like forever and just could not come up with anything. I didn't want something that somebody else had. It had to be meaningful to me and also something I could live with for the rest of my life.
I don't know what took me so long to realize that I had actually been wearing my design on and off for years around my neck. I have a favorite Celtic medallion that is my good luck charm. I have worn it to give me strength, hope, happiness, and just because it looks good. I have also given it to my friends to wear if they need it. It has gone through a lot of life with me and I could think of nothing better then to have it permanently on my body.
Now that the design was completed I just needed a studio. After doing online research I went to check out Five Star in Fremantle. After chatting with the staff and checking out their infection control practices I was hooked. This was definitely where I was having it done. They where friendly and willing to answer my 100's of questions. They also had no problem with showing me their autoclave and explaining what they did. They where really open and inviting which wasn't what I expected a Tattoo studio to be like.
After making the appointment and waiting for five weeks it was finally time!!. I had convinced a couple of friends to come with me and keep me company but they pulled out on my at the last moment so I was on my own which in hindsight I think I enjoyed more.
I met Steff (the tattooist) for the first time in the morning and went through what I wanted. I wanted him to realize what the piece meant to me and also what the medallion represented so that he could hopefully translate that into my tattoo. He then asked what size tattoo I wanted (the medallion is quiet small and I think he originally thought I wanted it that size which is tiny for a tattoo) My reply was you're the artist you know best, what size should it be to make it look fantastic even when I am 80 years old!! After that he basically just ran with it and made suggestions to change the design slightly to may it more tattoo friendly. I think he said something like "I am going to have a great day today because nobody is trying to tell me how to do my job".
It was finally time to put the transfer on my upper back and get down to business. I was really surprised that I wasn't nervous at all and really enjoyed the feeling of the gun. I can't say it was totally pain free but certainly it was very bearable and I spent the hour and 45 minutes chatting to Steff and the other staff and clients that came by to have a look at the progress (or maybe it was because I was sitting in my bra and my cleavage was certainly on show).
When it was all over I had to have photo's so out came my camera. Steff also took photo's. I loved it. I must admit it did take some getting used to but it is something that I will never regret. The aftercare was really easy and I had no problems with it healing.
It was very amusing seeing my friend's reaction to it. They all recognise what the design is and have made positive comments even thought a lot of them are not tattoo people. I am also enjoying explaining the significance of the pentagram during religious history, rather then the whole evil devil worship connotation that it often has as the pentagram features in the centre of the tattoo.
If you are thinking about getting a tattoo my advice would be to really think it through as it isn't for everyone. Make sure that what you have on your body for the rest of your life is something that you can live with and respect. If that means putting off getting a tattoo until you find the perfect design then I say put it off. It makes finally finding the design and getting the tattoo all the more meaningful and enjoyable and if you are in Western Australia I would 1000% recommended 5 Star Tattoo. I am definitely heading back for Tattoo number two and three. Isn't it funny how it took years to find the first design but now that I have opened the floodgates! This is definitely addictive.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 31 July 2008