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My Tattooing & Piercing Experience

me begin by saying I have always wanted a tattoo, but I was told only white trash, bikers, or drug addicts had their bodies marked in such a way. I have also been drawn to the all black Tribal and Celtic designs that began to show up on girls and guys several years ago. I am what most people would consider a successful professional; I graduated college Summa Cum Laude. I have been married 17 years and have two wonderful children.

I suffered sexual abuse by several of my male cousins until I was 15. I told no one about this until about 3 years ago when I had nervous breakdown. The last three years have been an emotional and physical awaking for me. At 37 years old, I decided I would like to make my body my own again. After much discussion with my wife, who is very religious, I went through the Old Testament issues with her. She really did not want me to have the tattoo put on, but even her friends told her we were no longer under Leviticual Law. I decided I needed to do it for me as a sign that no one but me owned my body.

I chose a Celtic symbol from the Book of Kells, a Trinity Knot. This symbol has several meanings; one is a relationship of God; Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The other is because I was born in the third month of the year.

After looking at the local artists, I chose Santa Cruz Tattoos in North Little Rock Arkansas. The shop was very clean and professional, Chris Santa Cruz did the work from my sketch. He began by washing his hands and then taking out his equipment, which was new and clean. The ritual of taking the new single use needles out and placing them into the gun was calming and captivating at the same time. He asked if I had ever been tattooed and then told me what to expect in the level of pain. There was no noticeable pain during the procedure; I did have a feeling of exhilaration both during and after though. Although the shop was full, Chris took a great deal of time to make sure the tattoo was done to my satisfaction. I went back three weeks later for some touch up work that he did free. The tattoo was an all black piece and did have a little white showing through. The healing process went smoothly with no infection or pain. I really like the way the knot looks on my arm and I am thinking about having a Tribal piece added to my left arm and back. I really want to have this done by Idexa at Black and Blue Tattoo in San Francisco.

I also decided to have a piercing done, I wanted to have my tongue done but my profession does not lend itself to this modifications acceptance. So, I decided on a nipple piercing. I was told this was the most painful piercing to have performed. The Parlor in Little Rock, Arkansas is the place I chose, under the recommendation of some friends. The shop was clean and professional. The girl that did the piercing washed her hands put on her gloves and opened a clean needle. I let her pick the jewelry and size, captive bead 12 ga. The piercing was not the least bit painful and the healing is going along fine. I would still like to have my tongue done.

The thing that has surprised me the most is the type of people I have encountered in the shop I have visited. The shop owners and artists have been professionals in every sense of the word. I have met people from all walks of life, young and old, rich and poor. Tattooing and Piercing may not be for everyone but if you are interested in I would say "Just Do It".

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 July 1999
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