Tattoos // my first tattoo experience

Hey Babes!

I know, it’s been a lot longer than usual since my last post. School almost got the best of me, and as soon as I thought I conquered an overly stressful week, I caught a stomach virus that left me in bed all weekend. But, luckily, after losing two whole perfectly good days that should’ve been productive, I’m almost back on track.

If you got to the bottom of my last post, you probably noticed the giant tattoo on my back in the last picture set. The only reason I’ve never mentioned it before is because I never had it before, well before a month ago. Any babe that read posts of mine from August knows that I went to a lot of different places, including California, which is where I somewhat spontaneously got a tattoo.

I say somewhat because I have been wanting a tattoo of a certain design for a while, and actually went about getting it done while I was in California, but I had to make some unexpected decisions along the way.

I wanted to avoid showing or talking about it until I made a post sharing the backstory, but my last post inevitably gives a sneak peek. So I’m sharing it now before I write anything else that makes me show my bare back.

To me, the best part, and the main reason I wanted to give my tattoo its own post, is the meaning behind the design. I was open to the idea of getting a tattoo, but it couldn’t be just anything. It had to be something meaningful to me personally, and something I would want to be reminded of forever.

When I came up with the design, I wasn’t trying to think of something for a tattoo, but after I thought of it, I knew it was everything I was looking for in one. I don’t even really know what led me to the final result, but somehow my thoughts led me to a sun with a fingerprint center.

The idea behind the fingerprint is that you are an individual and there’s no one else that has the exact same features as you. Your identity is created by a combination of variables such as your physical features, strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, and hobbies, and no one is going to have an identity just like yours.

Originality and individualism have always been important to me (which is why I really hate it when someone copies my ideas), but I think it was the sun’s role that made this idea tattoo worthy for me.

The sun is there to remind you to not only accept who you are, and your individuality, but to embrace it and let yourself shine through everything you do (like the sun).

Like originality and individualism, not being afraid to show the world how you express yourself has been important to me, but, sometimes I forget just how important it is. Which is why the fingerprint sun makes the perfect tattoo for me.

I knew that if I ever actually got it done, it would be on my wrist so it not only symbolizes something I believe in, but would serve as a reminder for when I forget.

You’re probably wondering how I ended up with the actual tattoo on my back, where I can’t see it, when seeing it was supposed to have a purpose.

Well that’s part of the spontaneous part. The other spontaneous part is the fact that I got it done on the opposite end of the country.

Of course, the thought of getting my tattoo while I was in California crossed my mind, but it was more like one of those “what if” thoughts that have a 30% chance of actually happening. Besides, even though I knew exactly what I wanted, my indecisive self still wasn’t entirely sure if it really wanted a tattoo.

On top of that, I didn’t know the state at all, so I would’ve had to do some extensive research if I was going to make it happen.

But the next thing I know, a tattoo shop on the Venice Boardwalk is expecting me for a consultation later that day.

When I got there and was showing my design to Mikey, the artist who I would be working with, he informed me that a finger print is too detailed to get on my wrist and eventually all of the lines will blend together and make a solid dot.

That really threw me off, but it wasn’t exactly a deal breaker, so I asked what he could do while still keeping my design. That was the one thing I wasn’t willing to compromise on.

After a lot of talking, googling, and photoshopping, Mikey came up with a general outline of my design for my upper back. Even though it wasn’t what I initially had in mind, I actually really liked the idea.

As if I hadn’t been thrown off enough, he asked me if I was planning on getting it that day. Planning was the exact opposite of what I was doing. I had just assumed that he would be booked for at least that day, and I would make an appointment which would give me time to let the decision soak in.

I don’t know what it was, but something in me made me say yes, and I’m so glad I did because everything came out as perfectly as I imagined it, if not better. I was terrified of something going wrong, or that it wouldn’t look exactly how I wanted it to and I would be stuck.

I lucked out in every part of the process, because Mikey was awesome at making conversation, and it wasn’t even that painful. But maybe that’s because I had high expectations for the pain.

At first I thought I wouldn’t like having it on my back, but the only part I don’t like about it is that I can’t see it myself. Sometimes I even forget that it’s there, and only remember because someone complimented it.

A lot of times, compliments lead to questions, and I get to share something I believe in with a new person, and hopefully inspire and encourage them.

The whole experience was definitely one of the highlights of my summer.

They say once you get one tattoo, you’ll go back for a lot more. Right now, I’m completely satisfied with the one I have but we’ll see.

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Don’t forget to embrace your individuality babes!

 

 

dress well. eat well. live well.

xx,

Addie

 

 

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