Right when I turned 18 I went into a tattoo shop and scheduled my first tattoo appointment. At the end of the month I got my tattoo. It was the first four stanzas of a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien. The quote is from Lord of the Rings, and I went ahead and had it written in elvish. It took 30 minutes to do, and I was in love as soon as it was finished.
My second tattoo I scheduled for the end of that same year. I always liked skulls, so I ended up placing one right on my shoulder/arm. The tattoo took about 5 hours and the pain was nothing. The guy next to me was getting the Ed Sheehan cat paw (to me that’s what it looked like anyway) right on his shoulder/arm. His face was squished in pain almost the whole time. His tattoo lasted about an hour, but he was ready to go by the end of it. Some people handle pain very differently. When my tattoo was finished, my tattoo artist told me to go look in the mirror. I slid off the chair and turned my body sideways to look at my arm. There it was, an awesome black and white tattoo with pops of color in it. A huge skull was in front of me with a head dress sitting on top. A grin instantly filled my face, and I was so happy to have a tattoo this beautiful. I didn’t know the owner of the shop was standing in his booth looking at me, but I heard him tell the tattoo artist that did my tattoo, ” That’s why I tattoo. Seeing someone smiling like that as they see their tattoo for the first time. It’s a great feeling. Good job”. I gave my artist a hug, he took a picture of my tattoo, and I tipped him a couple hundred bucks. I knew I was scheduling with him from now on.
Fast forward about a year later and I was in the tattoo shop once again for another tattoo. This time I was getting a woman wearing the head dress of a bear. This tattoo took around 6 hours and it didn’t hurt either. It went quick, and I was once again happy with the result. We decided to stick with the theme of black and white tattoos with a pop of color. He added a blue mask on the black and white women.
My last tattoo I got a year later on my sternum. This tattoo took 7 hours. The pain was over 10 on a 1-10 scale. There wasn’t one moment that didn’t hurt. I got a deer with some floral added around it. The deer was black and white and the flowers were in color. The adrenaline my body produced helped me stand the horrible pain. After the tattoo was finished, I looked in the mirror and was happy with the result, but even happier it was over. Thats how painful it was. After I got home the pain really hit me. I felt nauseous the rest of the night, I was shivering and rocking back and forth trying to stand the pain. I thought I was going to pass out and that caused me to have a panic attack, which my boyfriend helped me with. The next morning those awful symptoms went away and I was left feeling sore and bruised. The heeling process for some reason was much quicker than the rest of my tattoos. I changed up what I used for heeling my tattoos, and was happy with the results. Hustle butter! I ONE HUNDRED percent recommend it for anyone with tattoo aftercare. My tattoo was done shedding after one week, and it came out so beautiful. Of course I still was careful with my tattoo for the next month, but I wasn’t having to deal with the skin falling off in week two.
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So far I’ve gotten four tattoos. Each one has given me some confidence in my body, which is a wonderful feeling to have and great thing to be confident about. I love all my tattoos and am excited for my body art in the future.