Note: Do not look at the images in this post if you are needle shy.
As a very artistic person I often find myself looking to add designs to things.
I have designed several works of art and sold them. The catch is they were not for canvas or wood or paper. They were for skin.
From horses to guitars, birds and trees I have drawn and sold the rights to more than a handful of images for tattoo's. When I think of skin art it's something I have loved all my life, not something I decided I wanted when I was 16 and rebellious. I remember loving my dad's tattoo's he has on his arms and my uncles at a pretty young age.
I think too many people make quick decisions and do not think about the fact that they are going to have this mark all their life and that if it's right off a picture in the shop theres probably a lot of others out there who have the exact same thing as you. It becomes old news real quick.
So I drew my own. I looked at the image I had drawn of the same idea when I was a lot younger. I still loved it so I re-drew it and brought it with me when my best friend Lisa went to her cousin's to get her back piece finished that she designed. I think hers is totally cute with the ice cream cones and cupcake. She was going to get one ice cream cone finished.
I decided this would go into the "Happy birthday to me" since my birthday was last Wednesday. I was waiting ever so patiently for Lisa to be done hers. I wasn't even worried. Lisa got more worked up than I did and shes got that big back piece before and another one on her lower back.
When her cousin was done with hers he started on mine.
Applying the stencil.
Starting the outline.I have to say it didn't hurt one bit. I guess everyone has a different reaction but he could have done that all day. No more irritating than having to go to the allergist and get a whole ton of scratches then having itchy spots all over after.
What did irritate me was when he did the outline of the birds near my neck it was hitting a nerve and I could feel it irritating all the way up my neck, nowhere near where the needle was. Weird.
And the next day I washed it and put non-scented lubriderm on it and HOLY FFF IT BURNED! I danced around and said a few words that would have made a sailor blush. Did you know it's impossible to find a non-scented lotion without alcohol of some kind in it. It was fine that evening though when I put it on again.
It's also not finished, the birds are going to be filled in and the feather more detailed like my original picture but the tattoo artist wanted the ink to settle a little wile.
The It means a lot to me. It reminds me to be free and not follow the path others have tried to set for me. As a saying once said "Je suis comme un oiseau" Or in English "be as a bird"
Whats next? Well the other shoulder. I ain't showing anyone just yet. I'll tell you it's got horses in it, and designed by me.
Anyone have tattoo's? Why did you get them and do you still like them or would you rather have not got them? Did you design them or pick it out of a pre-made at the shop?