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The Dragon on My Back (My First Tattoo)

e been interested in tattoos from the time I was about 5 years old. this happened all because of the first "awesome" tattoo that i saw. My best friend's father was a police officer and his partner had Wile E. Coyote tattooed on his forearm. I thought that was the coolest thing in the world. From that time on when I saw a tattoo, I wanted to get a close look at it. A few years ago when some of my friends got there tattoos, to say the least I was envious. I wanted to get one too. At that time I was 16 and in New York you have to be 18 to get a tattoo. Well in talking to my friends, they said that there parents had signed a paper so that they can get there tattoos and if I really wanted to get one that I had to do the same. When I asked my mom, she said that it was ok with her if it was ok with my dad. My dad said that I had to wait until that I was 18 for two reasons. 1) So that I knew that this is what I really wanted to do, and 2) So that I could do it legally on my own. At the time I was a little mad at his decision but, now that I look back I thank him. When my 18th birthday came rolling along, I had found that after allot of research on the subject of tattooing, that I was ready to get mine. With looking at different design types, I knew that what I wanted was a red dragon in between my shoulder blades. I went to the local tattoo studio where all of my friends had gone. The name of the studio is "In the Skin Tattoo". The shop owner, and an excellent tattooist by the name of Donnie Morley, had shown me what he had for drawings of dragons that he had done for other clients, and ones that he had done in his spare time. He kept reassuring me that he can make any changes that I wanted so that I got the quality tattoo that I deserved. then is when, by looking at other designs, that I decided upon a black and gray piece. With looking at what he had, one design had caught my eye, and that was the one that I finally chose upon. I made an appointment for the following week and was so excited that I was finally getting my tattoo. The following week when I went into the studio, donnie greeted me and said that the drawing was ready for my final approval. When I said that it was perfect he began on the stencil whale I filled out the paperwork. Donnie answered all of my questions and that made me feel more relaxed. He brought me to the area of the shop where he would do the tattoo, and I was pleased to see that it was very clean. The autoclave was in plane view and when he brought out all of the instruments, all where in sterile packaging. The needles where brand new he pored out just enough ink as he felt that he needed. Next he put on rubber gloves and told me to have a seat and to remove my shirt. Telling my every step of the process, he cleaned and shaved the area, than cleaned it again. now he applied the stencil and had me look in the mirror to see if that was where I wanted it. After I said yes I sat down again and he began the tattoo. The first 5 or 10 minutes were the most painful and even at that, I kind of liked it. He finished the outline, switched machines and started in on the shading. This part is where the true artistic talent comes out. At the end of the two hour session, my tattoo was complete. Donnie explained to me the after care procedure and also gave it to me in writing so I would not forget it. I was very happy with the final result. Now that I have my tattoo, I have been taking care of it by following the aftercare to the letter. A few days after I got my tattoo, it began to irritate me but, I was told not to scratch it and now it looks great. To keep it looking healthy, I put hand lotion on it every time I get out of the shower, and when I wake up in the morning. If you are in the Northern New York area and are looking for a quality
tattoo, I highly recommend going to "In the Skin Tattoo" and having the pleasure of having Donnie Morley give you a tattoo that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

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on: 20 Jan. 2000
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Artist: Donnie+Morley
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Location: Northern+New+York

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