So, I finally got the tattoo I’ve been wanting with my boyfriend this past weekend. It was sort of a last minute thing, if you will, as my mother and I were supposed to get one together, but she ultimately decided not to for reasons of which I am unaware ;) In any case, approximately 6:30 p.m., Saturday night, I decided to stop by Living Canvas to get my tattoo of the turtle version of Kokopelli, a Native American symbol for acceptance of peace, all religions and general sign of free spirit. I have been wanting this for years now, so I felt confident in getting this tattoo.
I have to say, when I got into the tattoo parlor, I remember telling the tattoo artist that I a high pain tolerance. Ha! What a joke. He was not the nicest person, but he certainly did an excellent job on my work. And, before beginning, he quickly reminded me that the butterfly on my foot was really not a tattoo in terms of size.
As he started drilling, within the first four minutes, we had to break and I laid on the floor of the tattoo parlor as he went outside for some fresh air. It literally felt like someone had taken a pen and was slowly, yet sharply, carving out the entire bottom left side of my back, and the closer it went to my spine, the more painful. On the same note, the closer it went to the side of my stomach, the more painful! “Are we almost done?” I asked, before I told him that I had to take a short break. “Are you serious?” he asked me. FUCK!
That initial pain was incredible, and I had never felt anything more excruciating. I kept teasing my boyfriend that the next time I would experience something this painful would be childbirth. Somehow, when he continued with the rest of the tattoo, though incredibly painful, I was somehow able to continue with the process without the need to vomit or pass out. And so far, minus a bit of pain at home, the result has been fantastic. I wanted to share a few photos with y’all. The size is a little bit over the length of half my back and almost the entire half width. I’m not sad to say that I won’t be getting another one, but I’m very glad I have two, even if the first one didn’t count ;)