This is a post I have wanted to write for quite some time, however I wanted to get a couple more tattoos first so I would have more to talk about. I’m going to be talking about why I got each one and the pain experience.
I got my first tattoo a couple days after my 18th birthday. I decided I wanted my first tattoo to be for my family but I didn’t know what I wanted. While on pinterest looking for inspiration I saw a drawing of a tree with a heart in the middle and the caption was someone saying it would make a nice tattoo. I really like the drawing and thought it would go perfectly with my favourite family quote; “Family, like branches on a tree we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one” I didn’t want to get the whole quote so I just got the end bit. The placement of it is my lower leg and the most painful part of it was probably the top bit, where the branches are but overall it wasn’t that bad.
The second tattoo I got was based on another quote that I like; “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming”. Life can feel really difficult at times so I wanted this as a little reminder that it does get better and I’ll do some great things in life. I got this by my collar bone as I like small tattoos there and you can see this one the most and it peeks out of some of my tops. It wasn’t painful at all, probably because it only took like 5/10 minutes.
The next one I got was my right thigh tattoo. It’s a moon inside the sun and it’s so pretty. I really wanted a sun and moon tattoo and I saw a drawing like this on Pinterest so I went to the tattoo studio and said I wanted something similar to this. It took around 2- 2 ½ hours and it did hurt quite a bit.
I then got the shell and waves on my ankle which did hurt a bit but again this only took around 10 minutes so the pain was bearable. I absolutely love the sea and going to the beach that I wanted to get something to show this. I decided to get it there as you walk on shells across the beach and through the sea. This one has faded quite a bit especially at the bottom of it where my shoes rub it.
The next one I got was my other thigh which is one my favourite tattoos I have. I think lighthouses are so pretty and again it goes with my love of the sea as well as going nicely with my shell tattoo. I saw similar designs on pinterest and got the tattoo studio to draw something up. This took around 3 hours and it hurt so much but was 100% worth the pain as it was my biggest tattoo at the time.
After the lighthouse the next tattoo I got was a little heart made out of flowers. I think it’s really cute and I got it when I went with a friend to get one so it has a really nice memory with it. This only took around 5-10 minutes and didn’t hurt at all. One of the flowers has faded quite a bit but it still looks really nice.
Joe and I have been talking about getting a matching tattoo for as long as I can remember. We wanted to get something that would look nice on its own as well as when we’re together. I’m not really sure on how we decided on the idea of a feather but I absolutely love them. They were our present to each other for Valentine’s Day this year and we got them the day after Valentine’s days. Again this one didn’t hurt that much and took around 5-10 minutes.
My most recent tattoo is the skull and roses on my sternum. This is 100% the most painful thing I have ever experienced. It took around 4 ½ / 5 hours to do and I spent most of that trying not to cry. The outline hurt a bit but not as much as the shading part. I spent most of the time with my face scrunched up and trying not to cry (I’ll admit a couple tears did escape but it was so painful) I’m so glad I managed to sit through the pain so I could get it finished in one day and I absolutely love it!
I definitely want to get some more tattoos. I actually have ideas for some more so I’ll do an updated post when I get them.