Getting inked a couple of weeks ago wasn’t something that I had planned to do. I’ve always thought about getting one, maybe even wanted one. I’ve imagined beautiful symbols and words on various parts of my body. I’m not sure what held me back. Perhaps it was the thought of the pain, though I am a lot stronger than I look. If I’m being honest, I’d tell you that it was the thought of what people would think. The stereotypes associated with people who have tattoos. Not always pleasant, often unfounded and untrue. I was worried about how people would look at me. How they’d ‘see’ me. I saw how people judged my husband with his dreadlocks (yes! Patrick had dreadlocks and has tattoos). The thing is, I’m not as carefree as he is (though, that’s probably another post altogether), I don’t think I could shrug of what people say as easily as he does.
Obviously, I didn’t question my decision!
My tattoo was designed and done by Chris from Crazy Horse Tattoos in Dunedin. I told Chris it was my first tattoo and I like that he didn’t make a big deal out of it and at the same time didn’t discount that I was a tattoo virgin either. He was very professional and so very caring. Frank but friendly.
I got the phrase “And this too shall pass”, it’s part of a quote that I first came across at the Lotus Temple in India. I wrote the whole quote out in my travel journal but, I’m sure it was “when you feel a strong emotion coming on – a response to pain or pleasure, success or failure, extreme stress or thorough relief – say to yourself, this, too, will pass”. It’s something that’s stayed with me and helped me deal with a lot of things. It seemed like the obvious choice. The only choice, really.
The tattooing took about thirty minutes. It was painful but not unbearable. It was a little tender that night, but this was me (below) the very next morning! I can’t wait for summer – to wear little tops and bathing suits and show my tattoo off!
Have you got a tattoo? What? Where?
I’ve shown you mine, show me yours!
Would you consider getting one? Why? Why not?