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.
PIN ME 😀
The whole reason for this particular tattoo was a memorial for my Dad. He signed a birthday card of mine 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 to be 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. 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!
Now, let me tell you what YOU can expect if you are ready for your first tattoo…
It Hurts, a Little
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. Well, actually 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.. Be prepared, but don’t be a wimp. No one wants to be THAT person.
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.
Be Prepared and Know What You Want
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!!
The one thing I regret doing with my first is not even knowing what kind of lighthouse I wanted, even the size. And he ended up drawing it larger than I would have wanted. But I was too afraid to say anything. He took a long time drawing it and I felt bad if he had to erase it! Which brings me to my next point…
Do NOT be afraid to have your tattoo artist erase, try again, erase try again..
As many times as it takes to get the placement and tattoo PERFECT, do it. It is permanent, okay? PERMANENT. I wish I had done this. My tattoo looks weird when my arm is held up. The wrist is difficult place for tattoos. Our arms twists and move, which makes the tattoo move. So your tattoo might look weird in certain places. Make sure it looks good in the mirror before the needle goes in!
It can get expensive
Tattoos can get super expensive. They go by size and colors. If it’s going to take a few hours to do, you’re looking at hundreds of dollars. I only have 2 tattoos, and they are both small, so both of mine were under $100. But for larger ones, be prepared and have money saved up. It’ll be a lot. It’s best to get pricing in advance so you know what to expect.
Tip your Artist
On a side note, tip your artist. I just feel that they deserve it. What they do is crazy hard and hopefully you find one who is good at what they do. So tip!
After the Tattoo…
After care, so you’re wondering what to do after? Right after you are done with your tattoo, the artist will clean it up, apply some cream, and wrap that sucker up for you. This stays on for about 2 hours. After that you can take off the wrapping and wash it with some soap and water.
The area will be SORE for a few days, this is totally normal. After a few days, it will start to peel. This is part of the healing process. Your tattoo will peel. It’s weird, but that’s what happens. It will also start to itch. Don’t scratch it! You can also apply some lotion to help the peeling process.
Don’t soak it in water and keep it out of the sun for a couple of weeks and you’re golden!
So that’s it guys. Hope that gave you some insight into what getting a tattoo is like!
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