Disclaimer: I am not, in any way, promoting tattooing as a beauty trend nor do I encourage my readers (especially to my young readers) to get a tattoo. This post is to merely share my experience, an overview (on why I got it, the process, etc.), and to answer some of the questions I get asked after getting inked.
With all the pain and hardships that I’ve gone through back in 2014, I told myself “what better way to start 2015 than to get a tattoo?” Okay, maybe to some, it’s a big step especially if it’s something that will be permanent. But for me, I see this as a way of expressing myself (because it is a form of art) and to finally let go of my past.
Before we proceed to the design that I got, let me first answer some of the FAQs that I got after getting inked.
1. Is it safe?
– It really depends on where you plan to get it done. For me, I had it done with a licensed tattoo artist accredited by the Department of Health. There are underground tattoo shops that are not licensed so I would suggest stirring away from them as they might not be following the correct safety procedures.
2. Does it hurt?
– This is probably one of the most asked question that I have gotten so far. And YES, it hurts! Whoever said that it’s just a pinch or like getting bitten by ants seriously has a high tolerance for pain. It differs with everyone, my girlfriend described it as “excruciating yet tolerable”, my friend described it as “like getting bitten by ants – a lot of ants”, and as for me, let’s just say it came to a point that I almost passed out.
3. How much?
– The price that the artist will give you really depends on the following: intricacy of the design, size, and if it’s colored or not. You can always contact different shops and try to see if their price quotation suits your budget. But then again, always remember that art comes with a price. So one tip is don’t haggle or they might give you poor quality tattoo!
4. What do I do after scheduling an appointment?
– I suggest that before you get your tattoo, eat and load up on sugar. That way, you can avoid passing out or getting weak while getting inked. This was my mistake when I got mine so I got dizzy and almost passed out. I also suggest that you bring candies or chocolates (and water) so you can munch on them and take your mind away from the pain.
5. I already got my tattoo, what’s next?
– Your artist will give you after-care instructions. For me, the steps he told us were the following:
a. Upon reaching your home, remove the gauze and wash it with lukewarm water and anti-bacterial soap.
b. Pat dry using a clean towel or tissue.
c. Apply an ointment. What he gave us was the A+D ointment.
d. Do steps a to c for 3 days.
e. Once the scabbing starts, DO NOT SCRATCH IT! Just apply lotion. Expect the scabbing to last for about 2-3 weeks.
Now the most asked question that I got ever since I posted online that I finally got a tattoo: What design did you get?
And so the questions started to pour in. Why this tattoo, you ask? Crossed arrows symbolizes friendship. My girlfriend and I, well, as cliche as this might sound, we’re like the best of friends. Another reason why we got the arrow tattoo is because it also depicts protection, and as a couple, we protect each other especially now that it’s only the 2 of us that lives in our house.
If there are more questions that you have that I was not able to cover in my post, by all means, please post them in the comments section and I’ll be more than happy to answer them.