Nov 28, 2016

Let's Talk Tattoo

I recently took the plunge and got my first tattoo. I've always wanted one, but have an extremely low pain tolerance and I just didn't think I'd be able to sit through it. Even though I never imagined I would get one, I have always known exactly what I would get and where I would put it if I ever did decide to go all in.

I'm a weird blend of Type A and creative personalities. I like the concept of going with the flow of life and not stressing about the waves that come, but my planner side of my brain likes to freak out when a small bump comes along. So, I always imagined I'd get a wave crest tattoo to remind me to ride the waves of life and believe that whatever is meant to be, will be.

During our October family vacation in Asheville, my sister and a friend of ours decided they were going to get tattoos. I still wasn't on board at that point. The morning they had their appointment, my mom looked at me and said, "If you ever think you're going to get a tattoo you might as well get it today while the three of you are together." She had a point. I'd never go by myself and I didn't know anyone else I'd ever get tattoos with. So, I called my friend and said, "If you can add an appointment, I"ll get one too, but if you can't it wasn't meant to be."

She texted a few minutes later and said all three of us had appointments and I couldn't back out. So, I quickly went to my secret tattoo Pinterest board, saved the image of the tattoo I had always wanted, and then began to silently freak out in my head.
Obviously, I didn't go first and I couldn't go last either because I could've talked myself out of it by that point. So, I went second, and I'll tell you–it wasn't awful. The entire process took less than three minutes, and maybe only one minute of actual tattooing. I couldn't watch the tattoo artist while he worked, so I did look away and practically squeezed my sister's hand off. But at the end of the process I was really happy I did it and actually quite proud of myself for building up enough courage to do something I had always wanted to do.

Would I do it again? Yes, I actually think I would. I mean, I'm not ever going to get some huge tattoo or put it in a really sensitive place. Small, delicate tattoos though, I'd definitely do. It's been right at a month, and honestly I already forget about it until my eye catches it at random times through the day. I kept forgetting it was permanent and that eventually it would just fade away. It's a commitment, I mean, it is permanent after all. But I don't regret it one bit. I think the biggest take away for me is if I'm going to get a tattoo it has to have a special, personal meaning to me.

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