I got a tattoo!

On 4th July 2016, I turned 25! So I decided I wanted to something fun and a bit crazy, and I got a tattoo. I've always liked tattoos on other people but I've never wanted to get one myself because I didn't know what or where I'd even want one, and I was worried they'd hurt too much!

However for some reason this year, it just came to me so I visited The Tattoo Studio in Afflecks palace on the Saturday 2nd July, and booked an appointment for the 5th. When I booked my appointment, I just showed them a photo of what I wanted on my phone, and they told me to email them the photo that night so that tattoo artist had time to draw it out.

On the day of my appointment, I had bring in some ID to prove my age and sign an agreement that basically says "I'm sure this is ok and legal!". I also had to fill out this little form that was asking questions like "when was the last time you ate?" because they want to make sure you're feeling alright before it starts, they do a good job of looking after you.

When I went into the tattoo room, I got seated on this bed thing they had, and the guy was asking if I'm nervous, from when I booked my appointment I was just really excited more than anything, but when I was finally sat in the room surrounded by all this weird looking tattoo stuff, I realised I was actually pretty nervous. But he knew it was my first tattoo and he did a good job of making me chill out and feel a bit more relaxed. He put the stencil on and asked me to look in the mirror to see if I liked where it was etc. I was happy with it so he got me to lie down and rest my arm on this bench thing. He asked if I was ready and then started with the outline. He kept asking if I was alright but mostly he was just asking random questions to keep my mind off what was happening. It actually didn't hurt like I was expecting it too. It just stings as it goes around, but because it takes so long to do, you actually get used to the feeling pretty quickly and then kinda zone out a bit. I spent most of the time there just talking about dogs. Obviously, it's different for the kind of tattoo and also the person. Mine was just on the inside of my forearm on the squishy part so it was ok. He told me that your ribs and feet hurt pretty bad. Also, there's not a lot of colouring in on mine, it was mostly outlines with bits of shading. But the guy ended up joking with me saying that I'll start to find that tissue hurts more than the needle, because you get used to the needle, but when they wipe away the excess ink, your arms really sensitive when they wipe it with the tissue.

The tattoo took an hour and a half to complete, and I was so happy with the end result. He put some cream on it and wrapped it up to keep it covered, and told me to wash the cream off when I get home and then just leave it. He said all I need to do is just wash it in the shower as normal just to keep it clean, but then apply some moisturiser on it after because the soap dries it out and you don't want it getting itchy. Then just go about your day as normal, don't keep messing with it, just keep it clean and moisturised and let it heal on it's own. I've had my tattoo for almost 2 weeks now and it's doing fine, I've not had any problems with it and I love how it looks!

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