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My First Tattoo

I have spent the last year or so trying to plan out, and find pictures for my first tattoo. I had a number of different idea's in mind, and after sitting with a few friends whilst they got their tattoo's done at The Tatt Shop in Perth, I decided that was where I would get mine done.

The Tatt Shop in Perth has walls absolutely covered with amazing imagery, and one big shelf packed with awards encompassing the reception area. It was an impressive sight.

At first I decided on a design to go from hip to hip across my stomach. A butterfly on each hip and the in flames song title 'Our Infinite Struggle' in the middle. Then I changed my mind and wanted dragon flies instead of butterflies. I was dead set on that design for quite a long time, and my boyfriend wanted to get something similar, without the girly insect's! But the more I thought about it the more stupid the word 'struggle' seemed in my head. Say it over and over, it begins to lose all sense or meaning. I didn't want that on me anymore because I knew it would irritate me forever. So I was back to square one.

I browsed BME for weeks looking at other people's tattoo's, trying to get some other ideas into my head. I still wanted something music related, and whilst flicking through the sections tagged 'treble clef' I stumbled upon the perfect design.

It was a treble clef with a rose fed through the middle, and I fell in love with it. It was symbolic of my love for music, and for my boyfriend who is a musician, it was just perfect. The next day I went down to The Tatt Shop to show them the design, figure out when to book it for and get a rough quote. Considering I only wanted the tattoo about the length of my ring finger, it was quoted at a maximum of $250. I'm very small, I didn't want it to be too big, just enough to get some good detail. I didn't book it then because I wasn't sure what hours my new job were going to take up, and it's a good job I didn't, the boyfriend I had so kindly decided to symbolize broke up with me the next day! It was horrible, I couldn't even think about getting that design anymore, and I had loved it so much.

Long story short, it took him three days to regret doing that and he came crawling back to me asking me to have him back again. A week later I booked the tattoo and started saving, hoping that this time it would all go to plan! It didn't. My new job was great and everything, but they forgot to pay me so I spent a month with no money, unable to eat, pay rent, pay for transport, anything. I borrowed money off my parents and a colleague. I think they felt bad for me being only 17 and living out of home with no money. Well I specifically saved that money for the tattoo! As if I was going to give up on it!

When the day came I didn't feel that excited, nor scared, I didn't really feel anything at all. But oh I definitely felt it when he stuck that needle in my hip! It was so excruciatingly painful I thought he was trying to slice me in half. Now obviously I wasn't expecting a relaxing massage but I had no idea it would hurt that much. My stomach kept tightening up and jumping with the pain. Luckily my friend came with me to hold my hand, and I squeezed it so hard I think she was in an equal amount of pain!

It's funny, before that I had planned to get a big phoenix design all over my ribs! Don't think thats going to happen anymore. I'm thinking of maybe getting that one on my back, with the phoenix wings spread out over my shoulder blades. I'm happy to take advice on that one.

Anyway it was over within 25 minutes, and it bled A LOT for a small tattoo. My stockings were stained red, and I had to stick a bunch of tissues round them. I hadn't drunk the night before or anything, I knew not to do that. It ended up costing me a total of $220. It was very sore for the next few days, but now I have had it for six days and its nearly completely healed, the colour looks great. I'm glad I got this design for my first tattoo. My boyfriend and all my friends love it, and so do I.

I will post a picture soon. Don't want to take any till the scabs all heal up :)


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Oct. 2008
in Tattoos

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Artist: Pat
Studio: The+Tatt+Shop
Location: Perth+Western+Australia

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