I do know. And this is about my experience with getting a tattoo, something I’ve wanted to do about fifty years now. This was on my bucket list with a few other things that I’m not sure I’ll get to, but we’ll see as time goes on.
Now, getting a tattoo isn’t an awful experience for those of you who think it might be. This wasn’t ever a fear for me, although I’m not that fond of needles. My issue was obtaining approval, which wouldn’t have been needed if I’d done this year’s ago. None of that is important now.
The finished tattoo. I love it!
When hubby gave me the gift certificate I couldn’t believe my eyes! I was ready to get out of the house and do it that day. Perhaps I thought this opportunity would vanish if I didn’t act as soon as possible. So I did go to the place and introduce myself and told them what I wanted. They set the appointment for the next day. I was so excited.
My neighbor went with me because she wanted to see it done and didn’t have anything else to do that day. I had to lie on a massage type table on my stomach after the guy showed me the design he’d drawn up and we decided on colors. He uses the color wheel so everything matches in complimentary hues. Then of course placement as to where on my shoulder I wanted it was discussed. My neighbor gave her input too, which I was thankful for. After all, this was so important to me and was finally happening after all these years.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. First (after my approval) they make a copy of the design on paper that actually transfers the artwork to your skin. The paper is then peeled off and the image is there, as if it’s drawn on paper. I guess this is similar to putting decals on a T-shirt.
This is the decal the artist will follow
Now this whole procedure took three hours to do from start to finish. I almost fell asleep on the table, no kidding. It felt like he was drawing on my skin as he inked in the design. It took a long time to do the black. The color was done with four-needles-in-one. That part just felt like scratching as if you had an itch and you scratched it. None of it hurt. These needles are very tiny.
Ben working on my tattoo
Drawing the outline came first
Wrapped in saran wrap
A lot of black ink washes off on the first washing. That’s the excess ink along with plasma that comes to the surface. He said that was normal and it would take two-four weeks to completely heal.
As I’m writing this, I’m at the end of week two and it’s still peeling because a tattoo is similar to sunburn. By the time you read this I’ll be at the end of week three.
Anyway, so much for my tattoo story. I love it and have had it three weeks now and am following instructions that Ben gave me. I have to wash it four times a day with anti-bacterial soap, air dry and then apply a thin layer of aquafor for four weeks. Black ink did get on my pillow case the first week because of the aquafor and probably more excess plasma, but it washed right out and it’s not doing that anymore. It’s more in the itchy stage now.
If anyone out there decides to get a tattoo, don’t scratch it so you won’t ruin it and do your homework so you go to a reputable place.