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What to Expect With Your First Tattoo

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.




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The whole reason for this particular tattoo was a memorial for my Dad. He signed aย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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…

Tattoo Experience - My first tattoo - Wrist tattoo
Tattoo Experience - My first tattoo - Wrist tattoo(1)



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.
Tattoo Experience - My first tattoo - Wrist tattoo(2)

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 ย 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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44 Comments

  1. My friend and I are thinking about getting our first tattoos together. I want to make sure that I am as prepared as possible. I’m glad that you mentioned the importance of knowing exactly what is wanted. While I do know the design and size of my tattoo that I want, I’m not quite sure where I want the tattoo to be. That is something that I will have to decide before I visit the tattoo parlor.

  2. This is a great overview of the tattooing process. I’ll definitely link this to my friends so they know what to expect if they want a tattoo!
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    1. Awesome! Thanks for the share ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi, great read! I was staying away from tattoos for a long time but when I done the custom made undestood it can look really cool on your skin. I still don’t understand how people can pick the tattoo from catalogue without the right research on meaning and become another twin from the crowd. What do you think about custom made tattoos? Thanks
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    1. Thanks! I love custom made tattoos as well. My next one will be three turtles and I plan on it being a custom drawn one from the tattoo artist I choose. I can’t wait!

  4. I love tattoos hahaha i might even be addicted and I love how much meaning this has for your those are the best kinds. The tattoo looks EPIC

  5. I like that you paid tribute to your Dad with your first tattoo. Love the design you got!

  6. I’ve been contemplating on getting a tattoo but up until now I haven’t decided on what to get. Thanks for the tip, I will surely use them when I decide to get my tattoo.

  7. What a beautiful tribute for tout dad!

  8. aurora

    ouch! That looks really painful considering that it’s done on the thin part of your skin. I remember when I got my first tattoo too. It was painful!

    1. It really wasn’t bad at all. Like I said in my post, it pinched/ hurt for about 5 minutes, then after that it was I was numb to it. So not scary at all ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Been wanting to have one as well ๐Ÿ™‚ But as my friends told me, make sure you know what you want as tatts will be on your skin for a lifetime ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Oh absolutely! Go in knowing what you want. And don’t ever get a tattoo after you’ve been drinking ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

  10. this is great. i also love the great pics your took. i don’t have any tats but i have been thinking about getting one in the near future.

  11. good for you! im scared of needles and so is my hubby. Im happy that you got inked with something that signifies something very important to you :*

  12. Amaazing tattoo <3 well done and what a lovely tribute. Umm one small complaint is that this comment box is too small and i'm doing this on my phone so make it hard to read what i have written. Maybe fix this. xx

    1. I know! I have been trying to find a way to change it with no luck. I’ll keep looking into though. And thanks for the input ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. I saw the photo you posted on IG. hehe I want to get a tattoo so bad but I’m scared! I love the tattoo you got!

  14. Nikki Jenner

    Wow, I like your tattoo! I will try this one day, hope I can endure the pain too!

  15. Lexie Lane

    Tattoo is also in my bucket list, I hope I can do that someday. You don’t look like hurting!

  16. Danne Reed

    I never had a tattoo but if I will have one, I would dedicate it to my dad too!

  17. Nicole Escat

    Wow, I love your tattoo! You are so brave to have one, I wish I can do that too!

  18. I love it! I’ve been thinking about doing a signature tattoo as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Girls and their Daddies — nothing more special. You’ll have him with you always.

    1. You just made me tear up.. Yes daddies and their girls..

  20. YAY! I love your tattoo and the meaning behind it! I have my whole lower arm done, so I have been there and done that, LOL!

    1. I am totally in love. At first I was like, holy crap, what did I do?! But I am so happy with it!!

  21. Good for you! I have a tattoo on my wrist too. Your tattoo is beautiful.

  22. Elizabeth O.

    Congratulations for successfully getting a tattoo. And it’s really beautiful. What a touching way to honor your dad!

    1. Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a big step for me and I still can’t believe I did it!

  23. What an awesome tattoo and great memory you have of your dad!

  24. That’s such a sweet and lovely tattoo! Thanks for sharing your story

  25. What a beautiful tattoo! They truly are about expression and I’m so glad you finally did it! Any ideas on your next one?

    1. Well since you asked….I will be getting 3 turtles on my side with some swirls and flowers to represent my three children ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. what cool tattoo and good for you for crossing it off your bucket list.

  27. I would want a butterfly tattoo but dont know where. My son got a tattoo on his leg when he was overseas.

  28. I have two tattoos. One is a really ugly dolphin tattoo on my ankle that I would love to have covered up someday. The other is a frog on my shoulder. I like him, though ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Thanks for sharing your experience.I want to get a tatoo of something to do with my children intials.I have been extremely chicken to do so.It is also on my bucket list:)

  30. Stephanie Ortez

    What a wonderful way to honor your dad. I love your tattoo and the meaning behind it. You’re a wonderful daughter.

  31. Robin Masshole Mommy

    Welcome to the club. I have seven and trying to decide what I want for my next one.

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