- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
I’m in progress on my first tattoo that takes more than one sitting — and actually three sittings is turning into five because my skin is apparently a big jerk about accepting ink and it’s taking longer than expected to do each color.
I don’t even care! My artist is AMAZING and I’m in love with every step. I just had my second 4-hour session last night. The first one was brutal as I am afraid of numb feelings and he used a cream to make the stencil stick better that had a menthol-numbing effect that freaked me out and made me shaky and feel faint, which was a bad start… but last night was great! I sat there like a champ faffing around on my cell phone with my other hand and chatting away. By the end I was definitely tired and ready to go home and go to bed but the pain wasn’t too much at all.
Honestly the wipe-down at the end hurt more than the needles did. He jokes I’m the only client he’s ever had who hates everything (the cream, the wiping, etc.) EXCEPT the actual needle part, which I’m fine with.
Sadly due to what I mentioned above (my skin in one section of my arm just doesn’t suck up ink properly right away, he said it’s not my fault, and it’s just a matter of being patient and keeping at it) we only got done two colors when we were hoping for three. The two in question are purple and green, so now I’m gonna walk around the next couple weeks looking like a disciple of the Joker.
Here’s a picture from after the FIRST session, where we did the linework. The purplish red is from the stencil — the actual lines are light gray, because we’re avoiding a heavily outlined look and going for more of a watercolory painty look. The text wraps around my arm and says “growing strong and growing strange.” I don’t have the pictures from last night yet.
So I’ve had my happy excited rant… time to show off your ink! Especially if you have larger/more complicated stuff, tell me what it was like getting it, how you chose it, etc.