Walter, Walter, lead me to the altar
And I'll show you where I got tattooed
In the thirties, when actress and musician Gracie Fields sang her famous song, a tattooed woman would have been a rare sight indeed – and perhaps the biggest joke and scandal.
Today, a tattoo on a woman is so commonplace that a nary eyebrow is lifted. I have not found any statistics to prove my point of view, but it would not surprise me if more women opt for body art than men these days. Or at least, I suspect that might be the case in Vancouver, where I live.
I joined their ranks about eight years ago, surprising me as much as I surprised my friends and family. Having spent my life not to like tattoos and to make my aversion known, I found myself admiring young women tattooed with what I exercised in the gym and swam with in the pool.
I gradually convinced myself that a small tattoo would be pretty cool.
One day, while walking in a tattoo parlor in my neighborhood, I entered a home impulse and made an appointment.
I guess I was lucky in this Jay, the tattoo artist was both talented and professional. No doubt wiser people would do their research before booking. They want to be sure that their artist has the required skill level as well as a strong commitment to hygiene practices, so that they ask for it first and get recommendations. That's what I would recommend if you asked me.
Choosing the Design and Location
I wanted my tattoo to be in a place where I could dress myself to hide it or display it as I l & # 39; I chose. I decided on a placement on the back of my left shoulder.
The tattoo artist, a charming young man sporting countless tattoos and piercings, has shown me several tattoo books and recommended me to choose something that I # 39; loved. At this point, I had no idea how the process works. I imagined that after choosing a design, Jay would draw it in one way or another on my body and then cover the layout with tattoo inks. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is not how it works. Tattoo artists are indeed artists. They develop their own designs, recommend colors and size, and create their artwork on the freehand body, drawing with tattoo needles.
When Jay had an idea of the type of design I liked, he drew a sketch with a pen and paper and then he showed it to me for approval and discussion on the color preference. When we agreed, he reproduced the drawing on my shoulder using his needles and inks.
I liked the result. I ended up with a beautiful tropical flower made in shades of blue, purple and yellow. It was a tattoo bigger than the one I had imagined at first, but it was ok.
Does it hurt?
The first question I hear from untattooed people is: "Does it hurt?
The answer is: "Yes, a little, but it's not a separate pan."
The first few minutes were a bit painful. I could compare it to a scraping or burning sensation moving through the skin. I did not know what to expect, so despite some of the initial discomfort was nervous anticipation. However, in a few minutes, I got used to the feeling and became more comfortable. In addition, I imagine that endorphins come into play after a minute or two, and these are nature's painkillers.
If I remember correctly, the procedure took about thirty minutes. People who get bigger tattoos usually choose to have them in one more setting – no doubt a good idea. A woman I know had a huge Celtic drawing tattooed on her back, all in one frame. She admitted to follow afterwards.
A fresh tattoo requires constant care for fear that it will not fade or get infected. Before performing the procedure, make sure you have on hand a mild antibacterial soap cake and a little ointment or ointment. Ask the tattooist for brand recommendations, but the type of ointment used for infants. Diaper rash should be fine.
Immediately after the tattoo, the artist will apply a bandage. In my case, Jay used a product that looked like saran, which is spread slightly on the tattooed area and held in place with small bandages on the outer edge. This cover was to remain in place for two hours.
After two hours, I was advised to remove the bandage, wash lightly with soap (without rubbing) and gently apply the ointment. As much as possible, I had to remove the clothes and expose the tattoo to the air for the next few days. It was quite simple for me, since the tattoo was on my shoulder and I was working at home.
I do not know how it happens if the tattoo is located in a more "private" place and that the individual must appear in public.
I had to continue cleaning the tattoo with soap and using the ointment for several days. At that time, I went back to the tattoo shop for an inspection. Fresh tattoos sometimes disappear in areas requiring parts to remake. This did not happen in my case, so no editing was necessary.
The tattoo itself took about six weeks before serving completely. Until the healing is over, it was advised to avoid hot water, soak in water such as a bath or a chlorinated swimming pool. and expose it directly to the sun. I was also told to avoid keen rubbing when cleaning the tattooed area.
I do not intend to have my tattoo removed, but if ever I wish, the best options seem to be having a new tattoo applied on the old or full laser removal. Darker inks are easier to remove than bright or pastel colors, but harder to tattoo.
More Body Art?
Today, about eight years later, the tattoo is as bright and fresh as it was originally. I am a little surprised that it lasted a long time without any signs of discolouration. I spend time in chlorinated water, which, in my opinion, has the potential to cause discoloration. However, my tattoo had little or no direct sun exposure, since I still use sunscreen. The sun is a known culprit when it comes to tattoo damage.
I could have a second tattoo one day. I think that a little on the ankle could be nice. I will check a number of tattoo books to decide what I want.