My First Tattoo --- And Not My Last!!! June 09 2014, 0 Comments
A year ago we traded my mommy car for my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. It has been the best purchase I have ever made. I only wish I would have done it years and years ago.
I find myself saying that a lot lately. "I wish I would have..."
As you get older you realize your time on this planet is running out. Those "I wish I would haves" are going to keep growing unless you just do it.
So now, that's my new motto. No more wishing, just doing. And that's what I did last Friday. For years I have been wanting a tattoo, but many things kept holding me back. The fear of the pain for one. Judgement from friends and family was the other.
Well, I figure if I can give birth, I can probably tolerate a little old needle gouging my skin for an hour. As far as being judged... well - I decided it's time to quit worrying about what other people think and just do what makes me happy. I don't want to be on my death bed having regrets -- wishing I would have done... So now I'm trying to live my life with no regrets.
Friday at noon I walked into Classic Electric Tattoo in Frederick, Maryland. Butterflies filled my stomach, but I was also very excited to be checking off another Bucket List item.
A good friend of mine recommended this shop so I was confident in the work. But I was nervous that my artist would have a different vision then me and I would have to come back.
So I met with the artist and we discussed what I wanted. I had emailed some ideas earlier as well. Then came what ended up being the hardest part of the whole process. Waiting... Waiting for my artist, Thomas Kenney, to draw up my vision.
Finally after about 15 minutes he came and got me. We walked back to his station. He immediately set out to work. He applied his artwork to my leg. His confidence put my mind at ease and I began to relax. When I saw his work I was ready to begin. It was perfect!
The next step in the process was to tie it all together. He added some free hand "swirlies" with a highlighter and permanent marker. If only the process of getting the ink onto the skin where that easy and painless.
Something everyone failed to tell me about getting a tattoo is the top of the foot is one of the most painful places for a tattoo. And where is the first place he started?