Right after making my appointment in March, I downloaded the 'DaysUntil' app on my phone. 27 days.. 26 days.. 16 days.. 5 days.. until the app finally told me that there were only 10 minutes left until I'd get my new tattoo. Yes!
I am a tattoo lover and I think tattoos are awesome, provided that they are well done and kind of unique. I got my first tattoo back in 2013 when I was 15 years old and I still love it, but my desire to get a new tattoo kept growing. I put a few ideas on paper, went to the tattoo shop where I got the one on my wrist as well and made an appointment. The countdown could finally begin!
I went to look at the final design on the 8th of April and I absolutely loved it. The plan was to get a symmetrical kind of geometrical tattoo consisting of black lines, which I designed myself but my artist made the tattoo more 'tattooable'.
When the day finally arrived I was kind of nervous but very excited as well. When I got there my tattoo artist said: 'wouldn't it be awesome to get this tattoo as a dotwork tattoo?' - I agreed with him and the plan changed, which made me even more nervous! I love dotwork tattoos but I didn't really think of having one myself. When he suggested turning this one into a dotwork tattoo I instantly loved the idea but changing something I had had in my mind for the past month so abruptly had quite an impact! What I think is so amazing about dotwork tattoos is that the dots make the tattoo less harsh which gives the tattoo a more feminine feel, which I think goes great with the 'drawing' on my arm.
When I went into the tattooing room the artist started making the tattoo stencil. Putting it on turned out to be harder than expected, he applied it twice (and I also kind of fainted while putting it on the first time, I don't know why but I'd tried to push the fear away so I think it all piled up until it all came out right then and there. It was an awkward moment as I really wanted everything to go right and he hadn't even started tattooing yet!).
When the stencil was on my arm he could finally start and this tattoo wasn't super painful, it hurt less than my very tiny bird tattoo on my wrist, in fact. Tattooing this onto my arm took the tattoo artist about 3 hours, though, and my arm got a bit sore after some time. It also hurt more as the needles got closer to my armpit.
Taking a decent photograph of the tattoo is quite hard: the tattoo wraps around my arm in such a way that I can't fully photograph it. I won't post the original design, though, as it'd be so easy to copy for random people stumbling upon my blog which I'd hate as it's a combination of my unique design and the changes my tattoo artist made.
I am really happy with my tattoo! I know not everybody likes tattoos but I do and that is what counts, right?
If you'd like me to write more about tattoos, please let me know. I know I'm not fully covered and I'm not an expert but I could give some advice for tattoo newbies! (Which I am, kind of, as well - but hey.)
I hope you'll have a beautiful day! Much love, Sjoukje