So I took the leap (albeit a very small, bordering on cowardly leap) last Saturday and got my first tattoo.
I’ve been meaning to get inked for the longest time and I finally finally finally decided to go for it over the weekend. Early last week (and after googling several local tattoo artists and studios), I texted a friend (who asked not to be named and for her photos not to be posted online hehehe) to ask where she got hers done. My timing was perfect— she was going back that same weekend to add to her back tattoo.
And that is how I found myself at 55 Tinta on a Saturday night :D
Saying good bye to my bare chest:
Signing the waiver:
Laying the stencil:
Rrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! goes the tattoo gun:
Eek, what a bad angle for a smile.
Dyun is my tattoo artist. He was also the one who added to my friend’s tat.
Yo, Helga, did it hurt?
Honestly… no. I mean, yes, but the pain was tolerable. It’s such a tiny tattoo that took less than an hour and I’d be a wuss if I said that it hurt like hell (when it didn’t). It’s been two days and it only kinda stung yesterday but that was because of my night dress’s crocheted front. I was even singing along to Dave Matthews Band while getting it done.
Why an ampersand?
Originally, I wanted a text tattoo, specifically the line “Clad in the panoply of love” on my inner left (or right) arm. If I am ever to have something permanently placed on my body, I want it to be words words words. I wanted to start small, though, just to see if I could bear the pain and the itching that came afterwards. The ampersand is my favorite character/symbol. It represents the word “and” which, for such a short word, has several usages. It links and pairs and adds and connects.
I’m quite happy and in love with my tattoo <3
55 Tinta is at #55 Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village. It’s right beside Tomato Kick.
If you’re reading this— I haven’t told mammy.