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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

LIFESTYLE | GETTING A FIRST TATTOO

Recently, I finally got ink. My first ever tattoo. This comment is startling to read because of two reasons. First of all, I've always admired tattoos and wanted one of my own, so I simply can't believe that I waited until 25 years of age to get one. Secondly, because I was SO DAMN PETRIFIED beforehand that I can't even believe I went through with it.

This might seem a bit over dramatic, but there isn't really much you can say to comfort someone when getting their first tattoo because the fear really is in the unknown. I was told countless times that it wouldn't hurt that much, that the pain would be like tiny scratches, that it would be over before I know it. 

This did not help.

But now only after getting my first tattoo do I realize how right these people were..but of course beforehand when I was so nervous, I couldn't think rationally like that. The fear came from not knowing what to expect and not knowing what the pain would be like since everyone's pain threshold is different of course.

My thought process on the day was roughly along the lines of this..

- MY FIRST EVER TATTOO. BRING IT ON.
- Oh no, I'm getting scared now.
- Oh sh*t, what if I faint? What if it's horribly painful? What if I bleed to death?
- Okay, deep breaths, deep breaths. Everyone gets tattoos. It can't be that bad.
- He's just asked me if I'm ready. DO I LOOK BLOODY READY?! No, I'm definitely not ready.
- Okay, I'm ready.
- He's starting!
- Hey. that doesn't even look like a needle..
- Okay, here we go...
- ....
- ....
- Huh?!
- Um, is that it?!

And so on. I mean I'm not going to lie. SOME bits were a little painful but really not in a way I couldn't handle.

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I think I look terribly bored in this photo!
So if anyone is planning to get their first tattoo, my advice to you would be this -

- Yes, no matter what people say, you're still going to be nervous as hell. But, I have a really low pain threshold and trust me when I say, it didn't hurt all that much at all. No, you don't know what to expect, but I guarantee you when you do feel the tattooist start, you'll be surprised at how little the pain is.
- Make sure you eat beforehand and have something sugary to drink too. It's important to keep your sugar levels up because it's amazing how faint you can feel just by being nervous. Go figure.
- Remember it will without a doubt be worth it in the end. Your tattoo is going to look so, so pretty. And what no one told me is how damn proud you'll be of yourself for going through with it all. 
- You might even like the pain or the adrenaline rush in a weird way!
- Pick your tattoo wisely and do research about your tattoo artist - yada yada yada. You probably know all this anyway.
- I'm not the type of person to insist every single tattoo simply must mean something deep to you but for your first, it'll help. I actually had a different 'first tattoo' in mind but never had the guts to get it done. When my brother, my sister and I decided on a matching tattoo in memory of my mum, I knew 100% that I wasn't going to back out. This really, really helped with the nerves because I knew it would be worth it even more then any other tattoo. If there's a tattoo you have in mind for someone special or something you want matching with family members, this would be perfect for your first.
- Once you're 100% sure about what you want, get booked in ASAP. In fact, do it really last minute if you can to avoid minimal worry. Just do it!
- On aftercare - it's not that bad either. As long as you're aware of your tattoo (it might seem a little sore or sensitive at first so just try not to knock it), there should be no pain at all. It won't itch too much either as long as you keep it moisturized and look after it well.

It might seem silly writing a post about getting your first tattoo that people have written thousands of times before, but to be honest, when I was nervous I didn't want to read a post about aftercare or words reminding me to think my tattoo through. I'd already done that. I just wanted to read something that made me feel a little less scared and a little more confident.

I hope this post might have helped do that for some of you.

Now, I'm off to research ideas for my next tat already...

What do you think? Have you always been too scared to have a tattoo or did you breeze through your first one? Let me know with a comment!

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