My latest tattoo

I got tattooed yesterday, as planned. And it frickin’ hurt! At times it felt like there was a flame on the back of my arm. I certainly breathed a sigh of relief when it was over.

Naively I hoped I’d get the whole piece done in one sitting. Even if there had been time I’m not sure I could have handled it. But I’m absolutely thrilled with the result. Even though it’s hugely bruised and swollen, it feels like it should be there. Like it belongs. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time, so I’ve already been visualising not having a naked arm anymore.

Here’s a picture, taken by my tattoo guy immediately afterwards when it’s all fresh and bloody (nice!)

Black rose arm tattoo

I have to wait until the end of May until my next appointment, which is a shame because I’m very impatient! I’m having a flower mandala, and I have the OK to use numbing cream! Apparently I’m not allowed to tell the chemist it’s for a tattoo, because they’re not supposed to sell it for that reason, so I have to say I’m having some injections.

Now I have the annoying couple of weeks of healing, where it goes tight, scabs up and itches like crazy. For someone who’s a natural born picker, the temptation to pull bits off is immense!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

5 thoughts on “My latest tattoo

  1. Holly says:

    Lovely tattoo 🙂 sorry you have to have another session though. I’d been told never to use numbing cream because it sinks into the skin when the needle goes through and can give you a nasty infection :/ x

    • This, tatt and the other says:

      Thanks! I semi expected 2 sessions, so it’s not the end of the world I suppose, I’m just impatient to get it done. I’ve entered the flaky scab stage now!

      The owner of the studio I use is very heavily tattooed but hates the process; she used to drink to get through it (!!) but has recommended Amatop cream from the pharmacist as she now swears by it. It’s specifically designed for needles so should be fine.

      How’s your tattoo removal going?

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