Ouroboros - My first tattoo.
So, recently I was vacationing in Portugal, it was the 4th year we had visited there, and every time I visit, I get a mod to come home with!
The mods that I've got over there in the past have been piercings, but this year, I wanted something totally different.
I've been thinking of getting inked for a while, but over here in Britain the legal age requirement is 18, or you can get it done in an unclean, dirty, unprofessional place where they don't give a damn.
Lucky for me, the age in portugal is 16! So I decided that I would get one.
Choosing the tattoo I wanted was hard, I REALLY didn't want a flash design, I wanted someone's art on me. And I knew from seeing people getting tattooed here in the past that they were excellent artists.
I've always being interested in the ouroboros - the serpent or dragon devouring it's own tail. It represents the cyclic nature of the universe, and infinity.
I walked into the shop, and was greeted by Gary, the owner. He recognised me from last year, when he pierced my labret.
I told him I'd like an ouroboros tattooed, and he instantly knew what it meant.
"So you want a custom design? Well, there's much to think about. Do you want it stone-like, metallic, ripping out of your skin, in a figure 8 or a circle?"
It knocked me back, I knew I wanted an ouroboros, but HOW did I want it?
He told me to go to his partner shop, where they do all of the customised and freehand work.
There is where I met Isnard, the guy that would be tattooing me. I told him about the ouroboros, and that I wanted a dragon rather than a serpent. He took me other to the computer where he showed me some pictures and variations of dragons.
I noticed one that was holding an orb of something, and I told him that I'd like one like that. He took me over to the chair and started drawing it out on my leg. It looked AWESOME, I was thrilled!
He then told me to come back in a couple of days after he drew the transfer up, so he could tattoo me.
After a few days I nervously stepped through the door, he handed me the drawing of the dragon. It was a water-dragon, and it had so much detail, I knew it was going to take a while. It was also pretty big for first tattoo, covering nearly half of my leg!
When he had finished setting up, I laid down more excited than nervous. I was looking forward to feeling what it was like.
A little bit of manliness died inside when he had to shave a part of my leg hair away, but I knew that that would be replaced by a badass dragon.
He touched my leg with the needle and I was so suprised as to how much it didn't hurt, I was expecting much more pain!
Halfway through, I really needed to pee, so I went to the bathroom, came back in and then he started again.
Ten minutes later, I needed to pee AGAIN, he started to look a bit angry, so when I came back he game me some magazines to read to keep my mind off of my bladder. He must have forgot that I spoke english and not portuguese, so the magazines were pointless, but they took my mind off of what was going on!
After three hours of being under the needle, it was finally done!
He took me over to the mirror so I could check it out, I was so pleased with how it turned out, and I noticed that the dragon was holding a yin-yang symbol, I thought that was a nice touch.
He went over the basics with me, how to clean it, and make sure it heals properly.
I paid him the money, and gave him an extra tip. He photographed the tattoo, and said that he'd send me the images over email.
We had no idea how to get back to the hotel, so he even drew us up a map to where the nearest taxi rank was!
The tattoo has now fully healed, and looks amazing. Everyone was shocked when I came home, they had no idea that I was going to get a tattoo over seas. Some even thought that it was fake! It was hard to prove it wasn't seen as though I couldn't rub it or anything.
The problem is that I want so many more tattoos, and have loads of ideas for what I want. I know that I can't get them done and that I have to wait another two years before I can!
Oh well, that gives me plenty of time to think about what I want and draw up some ideas!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 13 Aug. 2008