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So y’all are here for tattoos!

Recently, I was looking at what people searched to get to my blog, and it seems a lot of you have come here looking for tattoos (Whether it’s the one I have or a “there ain’t no rest for the wicked”) one.  For those of you looking for latter, I’m sorry to disappoint you but I do not have a tattoo that says this!  For those of you looking for  a city and colour tattoo, a you must follow your heart tattoo, or tattoos in general please see below:

Ta -da ! Isn’t it beautiful?!  I’ve had people on tumblr asking me how I feel to have a tattoo that a lot of City and Colour fans have.  Y’know what? It feels amazing, because the reason I have the tattoo is because it is words I believe in and the bird just represents freedom, and of course my love for the band.

When people see it I seem to get the same questions over and over again so let me make a little tattoo FAQ for you:

Did it hurt?

Almost always this is the first question people ask me and to be blunt yes, it did hahaha.  There are no words to describe the feeling when a needle first touches your skin.  I felt my foot tense up and I bit my lip and was near tears.  The outline hurts ten times more than the colouring does though!  The colouring uses three needles VS one and therefore allows for the pressure to be more disperse.  This is also the touched up version of my tattoo and I can tell you getting a tattoo touched up doesn’t seem as painful as the first time.  I put off getting it touched up for six months to try and get the pain of getting it out of my mind.  But it honestly wasn’t that bad.

People also ask this because my tattoo is on my foot and in the words of my tattoo artist “Even I don’t have my foot tattoo so I can’t imagine how much that hurts”.   A tattoo on your foot is going to hurt more than a tattoo on your back because there are more bones and less skin.  My foot started swelling part way through the process which made the pain even worse, but it was never to a point I had to ask him to stop.  If you’re getting a tattoo and it gets to that point, don’t be scared to!

How did your parents react?

 Way better than I ever expected them to react.  Keep in mind, I was 19 (nearly 20) when I got it done so what my parents said didn’t really matter.  Please don’t take this as me “disrespecting” my parents but at the end of the day it is my body and it is my choice.  My mom was okay with the idea when I originally showed it to her and asked her to do the writing.  My dad still cracks jokes about it, to be honest I’m not sure how he feels about it I think he’s indifferent but if you knew my dad that wouldn’t be a shock.

What about when you get older/have to find a real job?
What about it? Hahaha, the tattoo is on my foot so it’s easy to hide so finding employment won’t be an issue.  This tattoo has a lot of meaning to me, it’s not like I just went willy nilly to get a tattoo and picked something out of a huge book of selection. It is always going to be amazing to have my mom’s writing on me AND to have her with me when the time comes that I don’t have her anymore.  I feel like people ask me these questions to guilt me about my decision and it never changes my mind about it.

Do you have anymore tattoos?
Unfortunately I currently only have this one.  But I have plans to get more including a star (my camp name), lyrics to a song by Jack’s Mannequin, a mental health awareness ribbon, and a treble clef combined with a bass clef as one.

I want to get a tattoo but I don’t know what I want/where to put it.
Okay, not a question but I get this a lot when people see my tattoo.  Take my advice and wait until you’re 100% positive of what you want, and where you want it.  It’s something you have to look at the rest of your life therefore it is a permanent decision.  It’s also a lot of money to get a tattoo done, so it’s best to save up for something you really, really want instead of something you sorta, kinda, you’re not really sure want.

Of course, from what you can see I’m in no means a tattoo expert; but at the same time I don’t mind answering questions about tattoos!  If you’re getting a tattoo the best advice I can give you is to remember the following:

a) make sure it’s something you really want
b) make sure you take proper care of it during the healing process
and finally
c) don’t let others tell you where to put it.

Finally Inked!

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.

Great guy and amazing overalls to boot!

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.