Tuesday, 8 January 2019

3 Things That Surprised Me About Getting My First Tattoo



Getting inked for the first time is an exhilarating experience, but also a daunting one - especially if you're terrified of needles. But regardless of this, you really shouldn't get swept up in your expectations when it comes to getting a tattoo, because you will be surprised to know that no matter how mentally prepared you thought you initially were, or how much you agonized over the design and placement of said tattoo, you are about to learn a few unexpected things about yourself and the process. 

Flashback to September; I was standing in Sakura Tattoo in central Amsterdam, Matthew hot on my heels as Heather presented me with forms to complete. We quickly discussed my vision (a small rose, on my ankle) and within 15 minutes I was in the chair, having my design transferred and inked on. Everyone tells you how painful being tattooed is, but they don't tell you how enjoyable it is either and I don't think that's something you will fully understand until you're in the chair. 

That being said here are: 3 Things That Surprised Me About Getting My First Tattoo.

#1 - IT'S NOT AS PAINFUL AS IT LOOKS

Admittedly my tattoo is small and in a location that prevented a lot of pain (thankfully), but I'm sure if this would have been a larger piece in a location such as my ribs or back the story would have been very different. That being said, it's not as painful as it looks and I was baffled by how manageable it was for me - maybe I just have a higher pain threshold than most or perhaps I managed to stay so engrossed in my conversation with Matthew that I didn't care to notice. 

#2 - A HEALING TATTOO IS WORSE THAN GETTING A TATTOO

Now that you've got your tattoo, be prepared for some painful aftercare. The day after I got my tattoo, I quickly realized that a healing tattoo is worse than getting a tattoo. It felt like the worst bout of sunburn I'd ever experienced and I've experienced some bad sunburn in my lifetime - but truthfully the last thing I wanted to do was touch it. You'll be surprised to know that patting a pea-sized amount of Bepanthen nappy rash cream onto your tattoo, is a crucial part in its aftercare - it actually helps keep the skin moisturized while your tattoo heals. 

#3 - SMALL TATTOOS ARE SURPRISINGLY QUICK 

Small tattoos are surprisingly quick you will be pleased to know and I'm glad that I made the decision to start out small. I'm used to the sensation of piercings, but tattoos are much larger and require a longer sitting time - or so I thought. Fortunately I was surprised by how quickly my tattoo was done, I think at most it took 10 minutes and then I was being wrapped up and sent on my way.

I would love to get more ink done in twenty-nineteen, but I don't know if these will be large or small pieces.

Have you got a tattoo? What was the experience like for you?
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  1. My first one wasn't as painful, probably because of the area, the second one however was so painful... sensitive skin area I am assuming.

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

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    1. I was really grateful that my tattoo didn't hurt and to think I'd spent years imagining that it would be the worst feeling ever haha! x

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  2. I've already said this on Instagram but I love your tattoo haha!
    I've got one, a small one as well and I've been surprises by how quick it was indeed! To be honest a first I loved it and during the healing process, I was like "omg, what have I done blah blah blah", it was just the time to process the changing on my skin I think haha I still love it now, no regrets but I don't know if I want another tattoo, I feel like one is enough for now and it sums up everything I live for right now so :)
    Anyway, lovely post!

    Anaïs | http://anais-n.com

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    1. Thank you Anais! I expected to be there for at-least 30 minutes, but that certainly wasn't the case. The healing process is definitely the worst part about it, at times I forget I even have a tattoo haha! x

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  3. I felt the exact same!! I wasn't too worried about it hurting but I didn't realise how much I'd enjoy it but it always seems like a weird thing to say! Also, healing the tattoo? What a pain or should I say, itch...

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one, but it was enjoyable to an extent. Oh my goodness the itch was the worst part, because you literally can't do anything about it haha x

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  4. I always thought would be painful

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    1. Smaller tattoos really aren't as bad as you think they will be, but that may be down to how quickly they are done to x

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  5. So I have 9 tattoos all which are quite big and shaded, and I completely understand all of these. BUTTT because I'm always on the chair for minimum 2 hours, I actually like the healing a bit more. Apart from when it's itchy... I would still rather have that than the tattoo gun!! And super cute tattoo btw x

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    1. I'm so pleased someone has commented with a different experience! I always imagined it would be worse for someone with a much larger tattoo, especially when its a two hour sitting time. I think for me the itchiness during the healing stage was definitely the worst part, especially when you know you can't touch it. Thank you so much Laura x

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  6. I don't have any tattoo. It's bad that healing proces needs some patience but the result is amazing.

    Nina's Style Blog

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    1. The healing process for this one was definitely worse than the actual inking of the tattoo, but I'm so glad you think so! x

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  7. I didnt know the healing was worse than actually getting the tattoo!

    Ellie// www.thediaryofellie.com

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    1. I didn't expect it either, but I think it really depends on placement and size to x

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  8. I remember thinking all three of these things after my first tattoo, I was so surprised at how quick it was! Although my first one was on my ankle, it wasn't as bad as I thought despite it really hurting at first haha. I'm getting my fifth tattoo in about a week's time and I'm so excited!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this. I think around the bone was probably the hardest part for me, but otherwise it was practically pain free! I can't wait to see your next tattoo x

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  9. I have been thinking about getting the tattoo myself and have always been told getting the tattoo was was the most painful part, also your tattoo is beautiful.

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    1. I think it really depends on the placement and size of the tattoo. I know that when the leaf was being inked on around my ankle is was a little uncomfortable for me, but other than that it wasn't as bad as I'd expected it to be. Thank you so much!

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