The TATS Out Of The Bag…

So, I got a tattoo! All my life I have never been interested in tattoo’s, then 2 years ago I started to think “you know what, I think I want one”. Over the past couple of years I have thought about why I wanted a tattoo, what I wanted, where I wanted it, the meaning behind it and when I wanted to get it done. I happened to come across this design whilst scrolling through Pinterest strangely enough. It wasn’t a picture of a tattoo and I can’t say I’ve ever seen this before, but it was part of the text description of whatever the Pin was about. And I just fell in love and knew straight away that was what I wanted. The meaning behind my tattoo is three-fold and very personal so I won’t be getting into that on here. Even the timing of this has meaning. It’s been 2 years in the making but finally I have been inked and I am so pleased with it. I couldn’t be happier!!

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Freshly Inked

I think the main thing most people who get their first tattoo are worried about is the pain, and I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t feel a thing. Everyone I spoke to about this said that the ribs are one of the most painful places to get a tattoo but it was nowhere near as painful as I thought it was going to be. A cat scratch is the best way I can describe it, but with my design being so small and simple, by the time it started to get a little too uncomfortable my tattoo artist had paused to wipe away the excess ink. It was over before I knew it, seriously it took maybe 2 minutes total, and I walked out of there beaming.

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Before & After getting my Tattoo

For aftercare my artist told me to keep the plastic wrap on for the next 3 hours then take it off and gently wash the tattoo with the palm of my hand and gentle soap, making sure not aim the water directly on it. Then he said to just leave it to air and not to worry about putting any moisturiser on for a few days to give the area a chance to scab over and flake off.

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Back Home

I did some research, before getting my tattoo, on aftercare and a lot of things I read said to moisturise it a lot initially but I’ve also heard of people that moisturised constantly and their tattoo took ages to heal so I’m going to be following the advice I was given and see how I go.

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Excuse the bra!

If you’re considering getting a tattoo but the thing that puts you off is the pain then don’t even worry about it. It really isn’t bad at all and I’m not exactly a roughy-toughy! Obviously do your research and have a consultation with your tattooist but don’t let a few minutes/hours of discomfort put you off something that will last a lifetime. As Nike says “Just Do It”!

 

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