It’s been a very long time since the last time that I wrote a post talking about my tattoos, and to be honest I don’t think that I’ve gotten many since the last time I did talk about them, but I’ve been wanting to write a post talking about them and future ones that I may want for a while, so I felt like now was a great time to finally just start talking about them again.
So I got my first tattoo not too long after I turned eighteen, it’s quite massive and its on the top of my right arm, it’s probably not something I’d get today but when I look at it, it reminds me a lot of when I was 18 and how I was still growing up and had a lot to learn, much like now, but I still love the tattoo and I think that for a first one, I could’ve gotten something really horrible but I like it, and it went on to also frame how the rest of my tattoos look too.
I have ten tattoos at the time of writing this post
- Flower on my right arm – traditional
- Butterfly on my right arm – traditional
- Heart with holding hands on my right arm – traditional
- Nans name in granddads handwriting on right wrist – script
- Rose on left arm – traditional
- Granddads name in nans handwriting on left wrist – script
- Lady head on left leg – traditional
- Sacred heart on left leg -traditional
- Parrot on left leg – traditional
- Rose and Dagger on left leg – traditional
I decided to stick with the traditional style for many reasons, firstly because I just think it’s a style that ages well no matter what, and also because I just like the way that it looks. I like how it looks when you have a lot of them and they all sit together nicely, and so all of the tattoo artists that I follow on social media only create tattoos that are in traditional style.
To be honest, I don’t remember why I originally leaned to the traditional style, I think that I’d been looking around and I was just more drawn to it, I had been looking on Pinterest to get a feel for the style and I decided that I just really liked it, and so, all of my tattoos besides my script tattoos, are traditional.
Most of my tattoos I’ve kind of just told the artist what I wanted and let them draw something up, I don’t really think that my tattoos are unique because traditional tends to all be very similar, plus I have a matching tattoo with Pedro, it’s the heart with the holding hands, so that one definitely isn’t unique to me, but it has a great meaning to me and it means a lot to me knowing that he has the same one.
Getting a matching tattoo didn’t feel like it was that big of a deal, we’d been joking around about getting one for a while and one day we just decided that we would do it. We settled on a design and then we found an artist that we both liked and went for it. I got mine a lot sooner than Pedro got his, there were reasons why he couldn’t get a tattoo without ruining it at the time that I got mine, but because I’m not in Lisbon every day of my life, I got it whilst I could. There aren’t any differences in the tattoo either besides the scale and obviously the shading and drawing is a tiny bit different because you can’t literally replicate a tattoo completely, but I really love it and it means a lot to me.
I was working on getting a sleeve on my leg to begin with, but life kind of gets in the way and tattoos are definitely expensive so I like to get tattoos now when I feel like it or when I get my mind stuck on a certain design or how cool a certain design would look, I think I’ll probably finish my sleeve at some point but I’m not really in a hurry. I got a lot of tattoos in a short space of time a few years ago and so I kind of feel like it’s sensible to take it at a slow pace, but I am feeling like I could do with something on my thigh because it’s looking a little bit bare!
Let’s talk about healing
To be honest I’ve tried it all and I find that I like to dry heal the best but not throughout the entire healing phase. I also feel like dry healing is a big no-no in the tattoo world so I don’t really talk about it very much, but all of my tattoos look great so I don’t honestly see the harm. But for the first few days I will keep my tattoo wrapped up whilst keeping it clean, and then I just let it heal and occasionally put some cream on it when it’s too itchy to bare. I find that I heal quickly too and that it’s not that annoying to deal with like a lot of people make it out to be.
There’s all sorts of ways to heal your tattoos, I feel like my method of healing is probably one that people will absolutely advise you against, but my tattoos look fine and I’m pleased with every single one of them, I won’t push my method of healing on anybody though and I really do think you should listen to your artist when they tell you how to heal, it’s their art at the end of the day and they’ve been doing it for so long that they know what they’re talking about. I feel like, because I have so many tattoos, people don’t typically tell me how to heal anymore and they just kind of expect me to know, so I haven’t had any horrified artists gasping at my method of healing yet.
Plans for more?
I have plans for way more but I’m kind of slowing down right now, I feel like there’s no rush to get them and it’s not a competition of who has the most, I also want to make sure that I’m happy with the designs I’m choosing because so far I’ve been lucky enough to love every tattoo that I have gotten, I don’t have any regrets so I want to keep the good streak going! Also, tattoos are a big commitment, normally before I get one, I get REALLY stuck on the idea and the design that I want, so that’s normally how I know that I’m definitely ready for a new one. I haven’t been thinking about them too much or looking at tattoos a lot lately, but I still love getting them and love how they look just as much as I did when I turned 18!