Hi guys so you may have spotted on instagram and I mentioned before but I got my first tattoo! I was so excited and I’m so happy with it so I thought I’d share with you the process of getting it done and aftercare and what not!
We got to the tattoo place and they told me to sit and wait for my tattoo artist to finish up with the design and what not and she came over with a form for me to fill out with my details and to sign basically to say I wouldn’t sue and I knew all the risks associated and she showed me the design she’d drawn and I made a couple of changes to the amount of birds, the feather and the size of the design and then she put the stencil on my shoulder, she did put it further over than I wanted the first time so she moved it to the edge of my shoulder blade and once I was happy with the placement I went and sat down for her to start!
I started out leaning against a back rest but sitting up and she started doing the tattoo, to start with it was all fine but then I started feeling very dizzy and very faint so she stopped tattooing for a few minutes whilst I had a drink and they gave me some chocolate (always welcomed!) and then I decided to change positions so I was laying down on my stomach and that was far better because it meant that I wasn’t holding myself up which I think helped the pain and the whole experience.
In terms of pain, everyone tells you that it’s not as bad as you expect it to be pain wise, in my opinion when I got mine that is so wrong! It was every bit as painful as I expected it to be! For me it felt like when you’re near people drilling into the ground and you feel your bones vibrating alongside being cut with a scalpel. It was pretty bad! Having said that the pain was entirely worth it for the end result and it’s definitely not bad enough that it’s going to put me off getting more!
In terms of after care, she taped some clingfilm over the top to keep it clean and protected for the first 6 hours for the first couple of days it was still pretty tender but I was told to wash it with warm water and cleanex for the first 4-7 days until it started to scab over and flake off (which it has now done) and then rinse it with cold water before letting it air dry and then putting a tiny bit of cocoa butter on it to keep it moisturised but avoid smothering it. Now that it’s starting to flake off they suggest to stop washing it specifically (obviously continue just washing yourself normally in the shower!!) and just to moisturise it twice a day until it is fully healed (for another week or so). The only things they said not to do was no swimming, no sunbathing/sunbeds, and not to immerse it in water for longer than needed to wash it! Also they mentioned (about 8 times!!) not to pick or scratch at the tattoo as this would stop it from healing properly and might mean the colour comes out etc.
Over all I am super happy with the tattoo and how it’s turned out! I’ll definitely be getting more as soon as I can afford it as they’re not cheap! (This one cost £80) I’ve already started planning more and I can’t wait!
Do you have any tattoos?