A tattoo is something that I wanted for decades, but I wanted one which had personal and emotional meaning to me. After all, it is something that’ll be with me the rest of my life…
Ideas in the past
In ‘my previous life’ I had the idea to have a dragon tattooed on me. I was (and still am) a big fantasy fan, and a lawful good dragon does represent me in quite a number of ways.
Over the years this idea stayed but shaped in a lot of different ways, never to be something that I REALLY felt comfortable with.
After my realisation I found this cure hourglass picture (the inlay on the header) and I was struck by it. That was exactly how I felt urge was there to have it as a tattoo.
Last year I went to a local tattoo shop and asked if it could be done in a size of about 10cm. He said it would be no problem and cost me €175 at most. I was really thrilled he could do it for that price, but there was something about the shop why I didn’t pursue to place it…
Nothing to Prove - Piercing
Earlier this year I had paid a visit to Nothing to Prove asking about nipple piercings in growing breasts. I liked the atmosphere of the shop and their honest answer. I compared my breasts with those of a 15-year old girl and asked Nikki if she would pierce them. Her answer was a simple NO because my breasts are still growing and you never know what harm might be done (which was unlike 2 other piercer’s answers I had).
Nothing to Prove - Tattoo
A few months ago I went to Noting to Prove again and asked about the tattoo. It was Aisha with whom I spoke about the tattoo and how I wanted it to come out. There are great plans (full back tattoo) and she was in for it and started to work on a concept.
Love Is... Art Nouveau
Aisha did some real good work on the original Love Is… picture by making the hourglass in a more Art Nouveau style. The little girl inside she made to look a more retro 50s/60s style, which is a clothing era I really like.
There were some issues with the little boy though. There were 2 concepts of him. One as he is no, and the other hanging on the left side of the hourglass. Since I wanted to have hum holding a heart, the hanging boy was not really possible for he had to use both hands to hold on the top of the hourglass and avoid falling off…
Sensitive Skin, Little Pain
Early this month the moment of truth was there! I’d get it and it should be done in one session of 5 to 6 hours. Knowing my skin is extremely sensitive I gave Aisha the heads up and she reassured me to be very kind to me.
And she was! The sensation of the first lines was like the carving of a knife over the skin (a sensation I sadly know too well from the past). Most of the tattoo was somewhat painless. It was only the boy which was painful like hell and we made jokes about my body rejecting manhood 😂
The problem with my skin’s sensitivity didn’t show itself in pain though. It was a problem Aisha had to cope with. For some weird reason my skin rejected the template’s ink and it faded extremely fast. She said that it was the first time she had experienced that.
After roughly 2 hours of lying on that o-so comfy chair we noticed that my body started to go into shock. Not a heavy one, but a light one and shifting the position of arms made it fade. Of course, Aisha noticed this and was set on finishing the lining for this session and see from there on.
It was close to 3 hours when the shaking really set in and I couldn’t get my body out of the light shock it was developing. At this time Aisha was almost done with the lining.
2 More Hours
Aisha and I have agreed on a 2nd session for October 26th to finish the tattoo. She has quite some shading and colouring to do and I can’t wait to see the end result!
Like most people I think the tattoo is already very beautiful and those finishing touches will certainly make it stunning!
The reason I post about it now and not right after it was placed is that I’ve been quick sickly the last two weeks. This is most likely a direct result of having the tattoo along with the hormones and ending my bi-polar medication.
It is nothing too serious and even now I don’t feel too well for the 3rd time since I’ve had the tattoo. Not to mention that I am physically very fatigued as well. I need to take my rest whenever I can…
That’s it for today. Thanks for reading and I’m back to taking things easy again 😉
With love Alexa 💕💋