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A twenty two year-old's view on life, death,
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I know that a lot of people out there want to get or are thinking about getting a tattoo sometime in their life - whether is be soon or in the distant future.
Today I am going to try and prepare you for this crazy experience.
Just so you know a little about me, I have three tattoos.
My first I got for my 18th birthday and it's of three birds on my left shoulder. There is one for my mémère, pépère, and my great mémère.
My second I got right before leaving for college on my foot and it says "Once upon a time...". It is meant to be an ode to my love of storytelling (writing, film making, etc.)
My latest tattoo was done last November. It is the words "In my life, I love you more" from the Beatles' song "In My Life" written on my ribs in John Lennon's handwriting. It is a tattoo for my mother; lyrics from her favorite song.
Picking a Location
The most important step in deciding on a tattoo is picking a location.
To all the ladies out there, here is my biggest tip: ask yourself will this look good in a wedding dress?
If the answer is "no", then maybe save that location for after the big day.
Another important aspect to remember is getting a job. A lot of employers do not allow their employees to have visible tattoos, especially in the positions involving a lot of face-to-face costumer contact. Even if you don't plan on making a career in such positions, there is always the possibility that you will need a place holder job to keep you going while you make your way to a fulfilling career, and tattoos can get in the way of this.
That is why all my tattoos are in easily concealable places.
Yes, there is no way to sugar coat it: tattoo hurt...a lot.
But some places hurt more than others, and it differs for everyone.
I could easily handle the back of my shoulder. This is because the more flesh there is in the area you are getting tattooed, the less it will hurt. For the most part it felt like a really annoying pinch, with the exception of when it hit a bone, in which case I had to grit my teeth for the pain level increase dramatically. But overall, it was the easiest to endure.
My foot was the complete other side of the spectrum. I wasn't worried since I handled the first pretty well and I have several friends with foot tattoos, all over which claimed that it really wasn't that bad.
I'm here to tell you they lied.
I have never experienced a pain to horrible in my entire life, and that is not an exaggeration. I wanted so badly to just get up and walk out with an unfinished tattoo.
This just goes to show though that everyone's pain tolerance is different and people will think some areas are more painful than others.
My rib tattoo was one which I was VERY nervous for. After having suffered through having my foot tattooed, I wasn't sure that I could handle the ribs since I had heard it was the most painful place to get done.
My tattooer assured me that I would be fine and I then went to town stabbing my ribs with multiple ink filled needles at an incomprehensible speed.
And it didn't hurt.
I mean, yes it was very uncomfortable at times and there were moments where my breath caught, but overall I actually liked the pain, as strange as that sounds.
But it's true, the pain of getting a tattoo is almost addicting, and completely worth it. It's so weird, you can't really fully understand it until you've actually gone through it. Ask anyone you know who has one.
But just remember, tattoos are forever. You can't erase them and they don't wash away.
So really think about them, do it tastefully, and make sure they mean something.
Any more questions about tattoos? Leave a comment asking and I'll be sure to get back to you!
Thanks for reading,
Song of the Day
White Blank Page by Mumford and Sons
About This Blog:
I started this blog as a way to challenge myself to write more over the 2014 year, but it has blossomed into so much more than that. I use it to let people in on what's happening in my life, talk about things I find important and to spread the news about amazing people, places and art.