It might come as a shock to most people who know me on a casual basis, but I got my first tattoo when I was just a young thing of 18. It is actually a very cool story, so you all are going to have to bear with me, because I love to tell it…
All throughout high school I had been talking about how I really wanted to get a tattoo when I turned 18. It was honestly a whole lot of talk (you remember what it was like to be in high school), but then my 18th birthday rolled around and my friends presented me with a card filled with money that said, “now you can get a tattoo!” Well, we picked a date and all 9 of us went to the tattoo place together. My friend Annette designed my falling star tattoo and they all sat in the lobby while I got it done. Funny story, my sister had to leave as soon as it started because the noise was making her feel sick. She now currently has 3 tattoos of her own 🙂
It was a fantastic experience to have all my friends there and to have the event be so much bigger than just me. Whenever I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror I always smile and think about my wonderful friends.
Here is a pic of us a few days later on New Year’s Eve. Everyone who was there is in the picture except my sister.
So, as soon as I got my first one, I decided that I MUST get another one! My friends advised me to wait one year between tattoos or else I might get addicted. Well, I waited 11 years before finally getting my next one. I think one of the reasons is because my first one was so special that I didn’t know how to live up to it.
Recently, I found this t-shirt on Etsy by Evietees and fell in love with the design. I emailed her and asked if I could use the picture to get a tattoo and she was really cool about it. It’s Harry Potter related, and if you don’t get the reference, then you should go re-read the last few chapters of Deathly Hallows.
I really wanted to get it behind my ear because my sis (who is now a tattoo expert) said that she barely felt it when she got hers there. The first tattoo place that I went to said that they could never get the design to fit behind my ear and I almost gave up. I emailed another place and they said, “oh sure, we can totally do that.”
I went there on Wednesday to put down a deposit and make an appointment and they said if I wanted they could do it right then! It all happened very fast and I am still trying to process the fact that it’s really there.
I’m not sure if I am totally in love with the shading on it. I kind of thought it would all be one solid color instead of having the “chrome effect.” He mentioned that and apparently I had no idea what it meant. I think I will be fine once I get used to it. If not, I can always go have it filled in somewhere. The most important thing is that I didn’t compromise on where I wanted to get it, and you can read the word!!!
So far things are going great. I thought taking a shower would be agony, but I couldn’t feel a thing. The only time it has even twinged over the last 48 hours was when my coat rubbed up against it on the way home from getting it and I was like, “owwww! poky!!!” So if you want to get a tattoo, I throw in my vote for behind the ear.
P.S. On my way home, I almost hit 2 large groups of deer. The first group of 5 ran in front of me and I just missed clipping the last one. Then another group of 4 almost crossed the road but I laid on the horn and they ran back into the ditch. So now that I have a doe tattooed on me, does that make me some kind of deer magnet? I am not gonna be driving after dark anytime soon.