I wanted to do a blog post about my tattoo! I figured I would tell you why I chose where to put it, what the process was like, if it hurt, the aftercare, telling/showing people, and how I feel about it now! I kind of told everyone what the tattoo meant to me on other social medias but I figured it would be more fun to dig deeper into it!
The reason I chose my forearm for my tattoo placement was because if I was going to get a tattoo, I wanted to be able to see it every day. I didn’t want to have look hard in the mirror or bend over backwards to see it. I wanted to be reminded every day of my sisters and who they made me as a person. I also have always loved forearm tattoos so it only seemed fitting. I can still cover it if I absolutely have to which is also nice.
But once I figured out an idea of what I wanted I had to figure out how I actually wanted it to look. I was having a hard time because I liked so many different things and details but I didn’t have a visual for everything together. I wanted the triangle, the flowers, baby breath, and other details. Then I decided to ask my super artistic friend Olivia to draw me a few samples for me to choose from! She did such an amazing job and I couldn’t be happier with it!
I didn’t realize how intense the process was for getting ready for a tattoo. You have to do your research and find the perfect artist because let’s be real, that is going to be on you forever. Seriously. Permanent as hell. Then, you have to book an appointment and if your artist is as good as you think, they won’t have an opening for months. I had to wait about three months for my appointment! But it’s well worth it!
I was so scared because I was really worried it was going to hurt bad. I was seriously clenching harder and harder the closer the needle got to my arm but as soon as it actually touched my skin I realized I was going crazy over nothing. It seriously didn’t hurt at all! It kind of felt like a scraping and at some points it was more sensitive but really nothing worth crying or screaming over. I seriously could have napped.
I was really nervous to take care of my tattoo when I left the tattoo place because I kept worrying, what if it got infected? What if I die? Yeah, I know, I’m crazy. But, it actually was super easy! I just washed it with Dial soap twice a day and lotioned it afterwards! I think mine healed after about two weeks. So, yeah, super easy! Obviously, each tattoo is different depending on placement, skin type, and different conditions.
The one thing I was really nervous about was showing people. I have always been someone who likes to please people and the thought of people not liking me because of my tattoo really freaked me out. But once I thought about how much it meant to me and how something like that doesn’t change who a person is, I didn’t care as much. Everyone has actually been really supportive and liked it so far so that’s a plus!
I was so nervous before I did it but every single day that I’ve had it, I love it more and more. I wouldn’t take it back for anything. Just like my sisters, it is a part of who I am and that won’t change! If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo and you’re worried, don’t. Just be sure you want it and where you want it. Be sure that YOU want it. Don’t let anyone change your mind about it. It’s your body. It’s your life. You have the steering wheel so take it in your hands and drive. If you have a tattoo, drop pictures in the comments! I would love to see them!