After years upon years of wanting a tattoo and years of debate on what to get I finally settled and sucked up my fears and got my first tattoo. Now people are going to tell you things like ‘it doesn’t hurt that much’ or ‘the sound is worse than the tattoo part itself’. I found both these statements to be false.
Here’s what I found from my experience and what I can recommend to you:
1) Tattoos hurt a lot…especially on your foot. There are points where you really don’t feel it happening but these points last about maybe 30 seconds before you feel the pain again. It’s also a pain that can only be described as someone taking a needle and shoving ink into your skin. As far as outlining VS colouring goes outlining hurts a HELL of a LOT more. The first point the needle went in brought tears to my eyes but over time you just learn to bear the pain. The second most painful point was near the end I think because my foot was just getting over sensitive. I got told I’ll have to come get parts touched up in about a month or so and I’m not too terribly worried about that.
2) Go and get your tattoo from someone who cares.
I honestly can’t imagine getting my tattoo done by anyone other then the guy that did it. I’ve known him for about two years and he’s done all of my piercings for me. He has a really calming personality and let’s you know if you need anything to just stop him. He also was extremely empathetic and told me he doesn’t even have a tattoo on his foot so he knows it’s not exactly a walk in the park and this made me feel better then someone who would of just told me to suck it up.
3) Don’t back out of what you want. If I had listened to everyone who told me that I shouldn’t get a foot tattoo because they hurt I would of ended up with my tattoo somewhere else and chances are I wouldn’t like it as much. With that being said, don’t be scared to say EXACTLY what you want and if it takes you a while to decide then so be it. I booked my appointment a month in advance with the bird sent in but two weeks later I finally decided I wanted my mom’s writing on me. My artist was patient enough to wait for it AND incorporate it into my piece, which is definitely one of the highlights of looking down at my foot everyday.
4) Show it off to anyone and everyone. From now until the snow falls you can guarantee that this Canadian girl will be in her flip flops showing off her tat’. Some people may not notice it, and some people may not want to hear the story behind your tattoo but I secretly hope for people to ask me about it. And give your artist credit! Someone had the heart to follow your every wish and made it into something meaningful for you to have forever, they deserve to be known.
Now a moment for me to be a total loser and tell you the story behind MY tattoo:
To anyone who knows me you know my family is my world to me. Grandparents on both sides of my family have been avid nature lovers and so I opted for the bird to symbolize this. It also symbolizes freedom and more specifically sparrows symbolize love. My mom’s writing was used to do the writing “you must follow your heart” – not only does my mother regularly tell me to put myself first but sometimes I need the reminder that mom’s always with me.
And now…the final product!:
Ta -da! And there you have it my great tattoo adventure! If you have any questions on tattoos I may not be an expert but I can tell you things from my experience! I promise you it’s not as bad as it all seems and when you see that final product it’s worth every second of pain.