It has been 19 days since I got my first tattoo and I’ve been focusing so much on uni and work I haven’t had time to write about it! I’ve wanted to share my experience for weeks, so here goes.
I’ve wanted this tattoo for years. The choice of where I was having it has never changed. For personal reasons, I’ve wanted one on my wrist but my thoughts on designs have changed slightly over time. I’ve always wanted something floral – particularly roses because I’m obsessed with beauty and the beast and roses are my favourite flower. But, for a good few months before planning my tattoo, I decided I wanted a dreamcatcher to symbolise my reaching for my dream career and dream life and escaping the negativity of my past. So why not combine them both?
For years, I put off getting my tattoo because I was in fear of the pain. I felt because of past situations with that area of my body and because the skin on my wrist is so thin, it would hurt too much for me to be able to withstand it. But, recently my boyfriend, who has tattoos of his own, has injected a lot of confidence in me and with his support, I decided to book an appointment.
I’ve been in love with one of his tattoos since I met him and so he recommended the lovely lady who did his tattoo to do mine. I got in touch with her, sent her my ideas and she created an amazing design for me. When she sent me the design a couple of weeks later, I was in love. It was exactly what I described but even better than I ever imagined. I put down a £20 deposit then waited patiently for my tattoo day to arrive.
I asked my boyfriend to come along with me on the day as I was understandably nervous as it is my first tattoo. He was a great support but I handled the whole thing so well, I probably could have done it on my own.
I didn’t cry (which I thought I would).
The pain was bearable. It was slightly more painful around my veiny areas and when she was shading, but not too bad at all.
I’m so proud of myself for finally getting it and I’m constantly looking at my wrist because I love it so much. Somehow, getting it has increased my confidence and decreased my panic attacks which is great news too!
Here is a rundown of my first 10 days of aftercare:
Day 1- VERY SORE
Day 2- sore and inflamed
Day 3- sore.. accidentally sprayed perfume (out of habit- oops) so it stung for a while. Also got a dog hair stuck to it because of bepanthen.
Day 4- VERY itchy
Day 5- super itchy and signs of scabbing
Day 6- lots of scabbing
Day 7- a big sign of scabbing, not itchy but some areas flaking
Day 8- still flaking areas
Day 9 – some parts feel completely healed but others are still flaking
Day 10 – healing continued
What do you guys think? Also, how do you feel about me using videos in more of my blog posts? I really enjoyed filming this one.