As I sit and write this, I’ve just come home from having my first two tattoos done and I couldn’t be happier. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but have put off for many reasons…
a) I wanted to be body confident before I did it
b) I wanted to be 100% certain of what I wanted
c) I have such a crappy pain tolerance
Well, I’m here to tell you that I got a tattoo. Me. Me who fears pain above everything. Me who went so long uncertain of what she wanted. I got a tattoo. And I am so excited.
In terms of placement, both were on my left arm. When I’d thought of the ideas I just couldn’t see myself having them done anywhere else. That’s how I knew I was 100% sure of what I wanted. As great as spontaneous (SOBER) tattoos can be, once you set your mind on something you love, you definitely know it’s right. I’d recommend waiting until you’re certain of what you want – I was definitely patient with myself.
In my opinion, I don’t think that tattoos have to mean something. But many of my ideas definitely mean something to me. Get ready for my in-depth, psychological meanings behind each tatt.
The first one is on my wrist – a little a Venus symbol. This has multiple meanings for me. I’m a feminist and have connected more with this side of myself this year than ever before. I wanted something to represent the strength that being a woman gives me and to remind me of the other incredible women in my life. One of my favourite feminist quotes is the following. “Here’s to strong women may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” This was mainly where the idea came from. Also, astrology is so fascinating to me and I’m learning so much about it at the moment. It’s become a huge part of my life and leads me onto the next tattoo also.
The second one, which is placed on the reverse of my elbow, is Saturn. Whilst Saturn is my favourite planet, (does anyone else have a favourite planet or just me??? yeah okay just me) I was actually inspired by a song called Saturn by Sleeping At Last. I can guarantee you’ve heard one of their tracks but you might not know it. Sleeping At Last have been one of my favourites for a long time – the music is beautiful and really makes you feel. Saturn has beautiful lyrics… ‘With shortness of breath, I’ll explain the infinite. How rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist.’ It reminds me of my inner strength and how lucky I am to be the only one of me on this planet when there were one thousand other ways I could have turned out. I love this tattoo so much. I’ve decided that eventually, I want to add a tiny Titan to this piece, Saturn’s largest moon.
Oh and the pain? The pain was nothing to be worried about. It’s a shock at first but I can guarantee that you get used to it. If anything, keeping still for a period of time is more of an ache. For me, it feels like a prolonged scratch with something sharp. I chose smaller pieces because that’s the style I like the best – so it barely took any time at all which helped with the pain. I also recommend choosing easier and less painful placements like I did for your first tattoo. In short, if like me, you’d love a tattoo but are uncertain about that pain, do it anyway. You won’t regret it.
Ironically, neither Saturn or Venus are planets that rule my star sign – which I’d also love to get done in the future. The issue with Scorpio is that the symbol just looks like an ‘m’ with a spiky tail and I don’t want to have to clarify that no, there isn’t a special ‘m’ in my life, I actually connect with my star sign instead. Any ideas? Throw them my way.
So update time: I’m writing this second part a week later. We’re looking a little scabby right now and it’s been a little itchy but I general I’ve not really had any problems whatsoever. I’ve been keeping it clean and moisturised. Now I’m waiting eagerly for the healing to be done with so I can take some good pictures for this post – hahah.
I can’t promise that I won’t have booked in another appointment before the end of the year. I have a few ideas that my heart is set on and I’d love to add to the beautiful pieces I have already. Do you have any tattoos? If you want one but haven’t done anything about it yet – what’s holding you back? I’d love to know.