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I did it, my first tattoo

t know what I was so nervous about. It was a piece of cake. I had been thinking of getting a tattoo for 3 years now. When ever I saw someone with a tribal tattoo I thought that is what I want. I just kept telling myself that it would hurt too much. I was WRONG. I am glad that I finely did it. I got a tribal piece with my brothers initials done in black on my left calf. It has special meaning to me, it is a tribute to my brother that was killed 11 years ago. If you get a tattoo I think it needs to signify something in your life or it needs to have a special meaning to you. I had asked some people that had great tribal work done where they had it done at. You would be amazed at how people are willing to talk about their tatoos. If you see a tattoo you like and are thinking about getting one don't be afraid to ask them about it. They probably had they same questions you have before they got it done., I went to 21st Century, they are great. They made me feel comfortable being their since it was my fist one. The guy at the counter (sorry I forgot his name) was very helpful. He showed me around the studio and helped me with my artwork. I found a piece of flash work that I liked, but he told me that I should make some changes to it so it would not be like anyone elses. He helped me make it look better and different. If you are going to use flash you should change it you want to be unique. He got all of the changes done and then it was time to get my first ink. Anne called me over, she told me there is still time to turn back. I said "no way lets do it". She prepared the area by shaving, washing and placing the stencil. Anne had me check to see if I liked the placement. As soon as I saw it I knew that I was going to like it. She started out with just a small line to let me see how it was going to feel. It felt like I was getting scratched with blackberry vines. She kept asking me if I was ok and if I wanted to take a break or something to drink. The outline took about 40 minutes. Half way through the outline I kept kicking myself for not getting it done sooner. The pain was not that bad. I was expecting a lot worse. There were only a couple of sensitive spots, nothing that was unbearable. When she was done with the outline we took a break so I could walk around a little, I was laying down and my foot was in a strange position. The fill in took 1 hour and 20 minutes. Once she got started there was a numbing effect that happened in the area. There was never any pain that was unbearable. When she was done I looked at it, I thought to myself I can't believe that I did it. From the start of picking out what I wanted till it was bandaged up and had the final instructions on the care it was 2 and a half hours. If you are waiting to get a tattoo because you think it will hurt too bad, you are wrong. I had heard from other people that it hurt real bad. Anne told me the only time that I even flinched was when she sprayed the anticeptic on when she was all done. Get one done. As I write this it has been 4 hours and it feels like I have a sunburn on my calf. While I was getting mine done another guy came by who she had done a week earlier. He wanted to get his color done, she told him it was too soon. If she would had tried to color now there was a possiblity that the outline would come off. The guy from the counter was in the room with me and showed me his tattoo that this had happened to. If you are having to do 2 or more sessions wait at least 3 weeks. It can mean a lot of money to get the outline fixed and have the tatoo look good. Don't be afraid to ask questions. The people at the studio were great answering all of my questions. That is part of what they do. They expect to hear questions from you. Thank you to the guys at 21st Century Tattoo, I will be back for another one. I think I will get one on my birthday. I want to get a tribal armband done. They told me that I would not ba able to stop at one. They were right. If you have any questions please feel free to E-mail me.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 13 Jan. 2000
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Artist: Anne
Studio: 21st+Century+Studio+of+Tattoo
Location: Portland%2C+Oregon

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