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My Ampersand Tattoo

ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta

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

ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta

Saying good bye to my bare chest:

ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta

Signing the waiver:

ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta

Laying the stencil:

ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta

Rrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! goes the tattoo gun:

ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta

Eek, what a bad angle for a smile.

ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta

Dyun is my tattoo artist. He was also the one who added to my friend’s tat.

ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta


ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta

ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta

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 ampersand tattoo from 55 Tinta

The font I used is Bell MT. Thank you, Maro (Photography by Marocharim lol) and Penny, for taking photos.

55 Tinta is at #55 Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village. It’s right beside Tomato Kick.

Dear Dad,
If you’re reading this— I haven’t told mammy.

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  • Reply Mle February 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I FUCKING love this, the use of profanity is required to get across the point of how much I like it. So simple but, GREAT.

  • Reply albb February 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Your tattoo is pretty~ At ang lapit lang pala sa’min nung parlor! What if I saw you? Haha.

    I want a tat, too but I’m 16 and… I don’t have close relatives with tattoos. :(

  • Reply Alyssa February 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I love the concept and the idea of it helga! It definitely is different, yet beautiful. :)

    Congratulations on your new tattoo!!

  • Reply ipe February 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Wow. It’s really nice. I’m in love with it too.

  • Reply dk February 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    i’ve been having sleepless nights wanting to see this one! :) yay beautiful and awesome.

    also, i missed bubble tea :((

    • Reply Helga February 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      Let’s bubble tea when you’re free!

  • Reply soaks February 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    So you put a symbol representing togetherness close to your heart.

    Not a coincidence, is it?

  • Reply dk February 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    also, Maro! heeheehee

  • Reply Carmi February 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Congrats on your first tattoo Helga :)
    Love the photos!

  • Reply Miss Dre February 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Simple and sexy ;)

  • Reply scart February 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    ahhh yun pala dahilan. looks nice ^_^x

  • Reply emanon February 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    nice tattoo! thought you might like this i happen to discover this site after i’ve read ur blog. =)

  • Reply dementia February 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I love it! I want a tattoo too!

  • Reply Angie February 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Nice tattoo and it looks smexy on you.

  • Reply Anne February 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I KEESH EET! :-*

  • Reply Kevin February 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve been meaning to get a tattoo too, but prolly right after graduation. :D

  • Reply Carina February 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Love it a lot. :) Great placement also.

  • Reply Anne February 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Oh my gosh. I love your tat. I wanna have one, too, but I’m in the medical field.

  • Reply Holly February 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    What an unusual tattoo idea! I really like it, I think it looks great! Hmm, if one that size takes less than an hour, and the one I want is smaller…perhaps I might find the courage in me yet! :)

  • Reply Euri February 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Mammy will scold you! Haha! My mom gets all hysterical like that. lol XD

  • Reply leng February 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    i will cartwheel for you taking the leap!

    love it, helga =)

  • Reply Barbz February 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I really, really love it. Great job :o) It’s perfect.

  • Reply Kat February 15, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    the tattoo adds to your sexiness. so you’re like 200% sexy now. lol

  • Reply Jewel February 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    “Jun”‘s name is spelled Dyun. ANG COOL DIBA.


    Woohoo. Seriously, congratulations! Sabi nga ni Dyun: Welcome to the tribe. :D

  • Reply Valerie February 16, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I love your tattoo. I’ve been meaning to get one too but I have no idea what I want that I could stand to look at for the rest of my life. lol Congrats!

  • Reply Creole February 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I fucking love this. I want an ampersand tattoo too! :c :c

  • Reply Kenna February 16, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Pretty! Dying in envy!

  • Reply Crystal February 17, 2010 at 1:05 am

    I really like it Helga! I also like the “behind the scenes” photos…makes me want to get the one on my back fixed.

  • Reply Tracy February 17, 2010 at 3:27 am

    OHMYGOSH a tattoooooo!
    Interesting design, I like it. Too big for me and too “viewable” but it looks good.

    Congrats on your first tattoo :D

  • Reply Xyla February 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    It’s lovely!

  • Reply Tina February 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Nice design and “placement”! :)

  • Reply nix February 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    YES! i can comment na.

    wow, cool ink. why did you have it in you chest?

    and lol at your message for your dad. is he cool with this?

    btw, i missed seeing you online, because i’m always offline. hindi ko na nakikita kung may inaaway kang bobo sa net. LOL

  • Reply Mick February 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    you went to 55 tinta? why didn’t I read about this then. lol looks great.
    My brother is a co-owner of the shop, btw, just saying. lol

    • Reply Helga February 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      Oooh, I’ll be going back to 55 Tinta for my next tattoo :D Thanks!

  • Reply Marcin Retecki February 24, 2010 at 8:16 am

    wow, thats an interesting tattoo, actually I havent yet seen anyone with one of those things, it looks really good! :)

    • Reply Helga February 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you! =)

  • Reply shwin March 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    why not place it smack dab at the center..

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  • Reply lani July 28, 2012 at 2:46 am

    nice tat! im also planning to do my upcoming tats with Dyun. if you dont mind, how much was it for that ampersand design? thank you!

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