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on vacation in Florida with my family this past summer, and I had been thinking that maybe I wanted a tattoo for awhile. So, on the way to the airport, I simply asked my mom if I could get one while we were in Florida, so that it would be a vacation thing. I had asked her before, and her reply was a bold NO. But this time, she said that she would think about it. When we arrived to the hotel later that night, the first thing I did, was take out the Florida phone book. I looked up all of the tattoo studios and wrote down the name and phone numbers, and showed them to my mom. The day before we left, we decided on one, and got directions from the front desk. One of the ladies at the front desk told my mom that she knew the man who owned that studio, and it would be a good choice. We drove for about a half an hour, and when we arrived, the man behind the counter asked if we had read the sign outside. We said no and walked out and read it. I guess a new law had just passed in Naples that said you have to be 18 to get a tattoo, even if you are accompanied by an adult. I was 2months away from 18. So, disappointed, we left. Then, about 3days after we got back to Columbus, my mom, my 2best friends and I drove to Advanced Body Art. I had gotten my belly button pierced there, and I had gone 3 times with friends to get tattoos there, so I knew they would do a good job. I sat in the waiting room, looking at different tattoos for about an hour. I was so incredibly scared. I do not have a high tolerance for pain at all. When I got my belly button pierced, everyone who has it done told me it doesn't hurt at all, well, I cried. One of the men who works there {the body piercer} could tell that I was nervous, and he kept throwing crumpled up pieces of paper at me, and telling me to relax, but I couldn't. I was so scared, I almost cried. I had no idea what I wanted, but I knew I had better make a good choice, b/c it had to stay on my body for the rest of my life. Finally, I picked out a little gecko lizard, and I picked the colors for him. It was my turn to go back, and I made my two friends go with me. My mom paid for my tattoo, signed the paper,and left. she couldn't stand to watch it. She watched me get my belly button pierced last year, and she almost fainted. They printed out a picture of him for me to see. It looked perfect. then, they made up a fake tattoo on carbon paper, put it on my left shoulder blade, and sprayed it with water. they pulled it off, and i looked in the mirror. It looked so cool!! Then they did the outline,which hurt the worst. That was definately the most annoying part. It felt like scratches on my shoulder, and I was doing all that I could to keep myself from flinching. It was really hard to hold still, but after a couple of minutes, I just got used to the pain, and I let go of my friends hands. I could tell that at that they were more scared than I was. After every couple minutes, they would spray the tattoo with this bottle, which I think was just water, but it might have had some disinfectant in it too. That felt really good, because it was cold, and it helped wipe away they excess blood and ink, so he could see the tattoo. They colored in his body a bright green color, which i could hardly feel,compared to the outline, this was a breeze. Then the scales on his back were blue, and his toes and eyes were yellow. I had heard that the brighter the color, the more it hurts. I don't know if this is true, but the yellow hurt more than the other colors. But it might have been in my head. The yellow felt a lot like the outline, and it kind of stung, but again, I got used to it, and there wasn't that much yellow for them to do. They put a plastic bandage on it, with ointment and i was free to go. It took about 30 minutes, but it was worth it. I was so scared, and it hurt, I'm not going to lie, but it really did not hurt as badly as I had expected. It probably depends on where on your body you get it, how badly it hurts, but mine was just an annoying pain. I wanted to turn around and slap the tattoo artist. But it was DEFINATELY worth it. If you are thinking about getting a tattoo, GO FOR IT!! But make sure it is something you are going to want to wake up and look at everyday. I thought about that, and that is why i got mine on the back of my body, so I can't see it, so i don't look at it everyday!!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 20 Oct. 1999
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