Weird experience getting a tattoo.
When I first turned 18 years old, the main thing that I wanted to do in life was to get a tattoo. I had seen my sister get multiple tattoos, and because she had to wait until she was 18, so did I. My first tattoo was a cross made out of nails, with a crown of thorns going around it. The other one is a tribal symbol on my leg.
About a week ago I decided to get what would be my third tattoo, and probably my last after this experience. The two tattoos that I've gotten so far have been black and white, so I've never experienced a large, color tattoo yet.
The tattoo design that I chose was a black shaded eagle in the foreground, with an American flag design in the background that appears as if it is tearing out of the skin. After trying out a couple of studios, I decided to go to a studio called Inksmith and Rogers because this is where my sister had gone to many times to get inked, and she has 12 tattoos. Never has she had a problem with them. I trusted her judgment and advice because she was already heavily inked up.
After talking to some of the artists there, I got a price that I liked and was able to get in that day. When the artist began to apply the ink, everything seemed alright. After about 5 or 10 minutes though, something weird began to happen. At first I started to feel nauseous, and then I began to develop a cold sweat. Then I started to feel dizzy and my vision got blurry. He noticed that something was wrong, and asked me if I was okay and whether or not I needed a break. I told him that I felt light headed, and we decided to take a break for a few minutes. He went out and got me a Pepsi and said that the sugar content would help, and that the feeling would go away and it shouldn't come back. After ten minutes of heavy breathing, I finally came back to my senses and we continued on. Two hours later I was out the door with my new tattoo, which by the way he did a fantastic job on. There was hardly any scabbing, and the tattoo healed very well. It just hurt like hell!
What's weird about this is that this has never happened to me before. I told someone I knew about it, and they said that they thought that I went into mild shock. I don't know why; I have a high tolerance for pain, and I already had two tattoos in the past. Maybe it's just my body's way of telling me that I don't need any more tattoos. The artist told me that this was perfectly normal, and that it even happened to him when he got his first ever tattoo. He has seen it happen to many people, and after it goes away, it doesn't come back of the rest of the session. I felt satisfied that he was very knowledgeable and knew what he was talking about.
I talked to my sister and she said she thought it was a drop in my blood sugar levels and that this condition ran in my family. I really don't know what to think. What I do know is that getting a color tattoo is a lot more painful than a black tattoo. I always thought that the outline was the most painful part of getting a tattoo, but it doesn't compare to getting the color spots filled in on a tattoo. I wasn't really prepared for this because I had never gotten a color tattoo in the past. I think that part of the reason for me going into mild shock, or whatever you want to call it, was because I overanticipated the pain level on the tattoo, and I tried so hard to relax that I overcompensated and almost held my breath every time the needle touched my skin. This might have caused a lack of oxygen to the brain, and a feeling of being faint. If I had never spoken up, I probably would have passed out 15 minutes into the tattoo. Thankfully, he saw the warning signs and was able to
catch my symptoms before I passed out.
The unfortunate side of this story is that I don't even remember ever getting the artists name when I was there. He was friendly and knowledgeable, but not very talkative. Most of the tattoo was spent sitting in silent agony as the longest two hours of my life passed by me.
One of the plus sides to this story is that in a couple of weeks I get to take my mom to get her first ever tattoo that she agreed to do, only if I paid for it. It will be sweet relief getting to see someone else suffer through the pain of getting a tattoo, and it will be funny as shit!!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Dec. 2008