It all started about a year ago. A thought popped into my mind that I wanted a tattoo. At first, I didn't know what to get a tattoo of. Then I thought of two of my favorite things- animals and travel. I decided to combine them to represent all of the countries I've travelled to so far, besides the US of course. I'd like to get a tattoo representing the US once I travel to all 50 states. Originally, I was thinking of getting separate tattoos for each animal, but once I chose a tattoo artist and met with her, she explained that it would be a lot better to have a big tattoo of all the animals thus far, and then another big tattoo later. The more I thought that over, the more it made sense. So I came back for a second consultation with Fronkie and brought pictures of all the animals this time.
We decided to do about 4 sessions, which worked out well with how much I anticipated spending per time. Before the first session on 12/13/14 I was really nervous. I knew that I would be fine and would be able to handle the pain no matter what, but it's scary when you don't know what to expect. Luckily, I really felt comfortable with the atmosphere at the tattoo shop and with Fronkie, which is really important.
When I arrived Saturday afternoon it was the first time I saw the tattoo sketched out. I really loved how she brought it all together with scroll work from the fachada where the skull/frog is located!
She let Andrew come back for the tattoo as long as he didn't get in her way. So he sat on the left side of me and I was able to squeeze his hand during the process. I felt so much better having him there because I knew he would be there for me and he would also distract me with conversation.
Before we even got started, when Fronkie was giving me a run down on what to expect for your first tattoo, she suggested a visualization exercise of a peaceful place to try to distract yourself during the more painful moments. I told her I already has an exercise in mind, and she liked it so much I repeated the visualization exercise and we made a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYPwKlIgYOk&feature=youtu.be !
I was at the tattoo shop for about 2 hours but the actual tattooing time was only around 45 minutes. It hurt, sometimes more and sometimes less than I expected. It certainly wasn't easy, but it was tolerable pain. And it really only hurt during the tattooing process. Afterwards, it was a little tender but I was able to sleep on my stomach that night just fine and since then. 4 days later it started getting really itchy, and it's hard not to scratch it, but I'm leaving it alone so it can heal properly (other than washing it twice a day and applying coconut oil twice a day as directed).
At the end of the appointment, Fronkie filled me in on how to care for my tattoo. I asked her if coconut oil would be ok instead of oitment and lotion, since I prefer to use all natural chemical free stuff as much as possible. She said that should be fine and to let her know how it goes.
I've gotten tons of compliments on it already, and it's not even shaded or colored yet! I can't wait to see how it turns out when it's all done. I love it!
|Skull with frog represents good luck in Salamanca, Spain, the camel I rode in Morocco, the butterfly that landed on Andrew's head at the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Canada, and an ermine (white weasel) from Italy|