If you follow me on Instagram (DO YOU?), you already know I got my first tattoo last month, and I am in love. I previously wrote about what I wanted to get HERE, and I’m pleased to say that my experience getting it was everything I wanted it to be. Er, besides that fact that there was a snow day on the day I had my appointment, so my mom had to drop me off (she was visiting!), and watch the kids while I got it done. Then they showed up early and my kids watched me get the last part done…mother of the year? You decide;)
Here are five things I learned about getting my first tattoo!
1) The biggest thing for me was finding a tattoo artist that could do the kind of tattoo that I wanted. I had a friend that has some great tattoos and she got several of them in town, as well as a couple of other folks that recommended the same artist. I knew that I liked the work they had, that I would probably like what he did for me. I was right.
2) Think about what you want for a LONG time before you actually get it done. I knew that I wanted a tattoo for awhile, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted. I browsed Pinterest forever, pinned a zillion different tattoos, and after seeing the birds that my friend had done on her shoulder, I narrowed it down to that. The birds for me symbolize my husband and two kids, and also mean freedom and flight and constant movement. I wanted them to be look feathery and artistic and sort of like they were free hand drawn out. I love them;)
3) Know what will age well and what will not. I learned from my tattoo guy that tattoos can look really awful when placed in certain areas, like the hands, the stomach on women who may want to have kids someday, and on places with natural creases, like the wrists. I had originally wanted my birds to be smaller and right on my inner wrist, but learned they wouldn’t look good in that size and that the creases in my wrist would break down the lines after time. By placing the birds lower and making them slightly larger, I had a better chance of the tattoo aging well. I’m really pleased with the time he took explaining this all to me, and for taking a ton of time making sure I would get what I wanted long term, and that my vision and his vision were the same.
4) I’m not sure if it is the placement or what, but getting my tattoo did not hurt as much as I thought it would. It was mildly irritating at most, and only started to hurt a little on the largest bird when he shaded it in. I think I expected much, much worse, and I was pleasantly surprised! I DO have a pretty good pain tolerance, so we’ll see if I get on on a different area if it hurts worse or less. Which brings me to…
5) Now that I have bit the bullet and gotten one tattoo, I need more! I think it has to do with feeling like I have broken a barrier by getting a visible tattoo for my first, but I don’t feel nervous about getting more. I’m never going to be the one who has a sleeve (though I do think they look awesome on others, like my amazing sister in law!), but I do want a small rib one, and possibly even one only foot or inner heel. Who knows? I like how I feel different with mine, not so much cookie cutter and typical suburban mom (which I AM, ha!), but I like showing that I AM different and unique, and that I can be who I want to be, and not who I should be, you know?
Tell me, do you have any tattoos? What has been your experience?