So I made a bucket list for the last year of my 20’s and one of the things on it was to get a tattoo. I mean, I’ve been wanting one since I was a teenager, just never had the guts to do it. Recently I’ve been in a kind of, “let’s just do this” mind set. I only have this one life, and I don’t want to live it being scared to do something I’ve always wanted to do.
The whole reason for this particular tattoo was a memorial for my Dad. He signed one of my birthday cards when I turned 18, a year before he died, and I copied it EXACTLY for my tattoo. Size and everything. It’s like it was meant for my first tattoo 😉 And now I get to see his writing all the time. And it makes me smile. It makes me remember him and I can’t think of a more perfect way to have done it. The lighthouse was a last minute addition that my tattoo artist completely just hand drew. How amazing is that?!?! I was so impressed by his ability. Pls check him out on Instagram-@ironxwielder. My Dad was very into lighthouses as a Christianity thing and it actually makes me feel very warm and watched over. God’s light is always shining. What a great reminder.
There’s always been some excuse to not get one in the past, “it’s not professional”, “it will be where everyone can see it!”, “it’s permanent”. Funny little things you tell yourself, or other people tell you, to talk you out of doing what you really want. But I don’t know, since I made that bucket list on my 29th birthday, I’ve been feeling more and more brave with things! I still have a long way to go before October 1st, but I am determined to make it happen! Honestly, I feel like the tattoo was the most difficult thing on my list, and I did it already!
So here are some highlights from my experience…
Sure I look a little out of place here, lol. But let’s not stereotype people with tattoos! I was so ecstatic to be here and to finally, for once in my life, be brave and just go for it!
So you wanna know if it hurts? Okay here’s the thing, I have a very high threshold for pain. I gave birth to three children NATURALLY. So yeah, I can handle pain. I’m gonna keep it real for you guys. It hurt, pinched for about the first minute he was tattooing. After that, it was almost as if I had become numb to it. Kind of sounds weird, but that’s what it felt like. Not really any pain at all. But again, I’m like superwoman, so ya know.. 😉
Okay don’t get your panties in a bunch, it’s not blood. Haha, he used a red marker to draw the lighthouse FREEHAND and then went over it with the needle. So it may look a little crazy with the red everywhere.
One thing I will tell you is definitely BE PREPARED before you go to the tattoo parlor. Know what you want. Think about the size, placement, and exact measurements of what you want. If you go in not knowing, you might come out with something that looks good at the time, but you learn to not like. So do your research and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!! I can’t wait to show you guys my next one!!
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