I’ve known I wanted at least one tattoo since I was 14.
Over the years, my ideas have changed and my list has fluctuated about what I might want to forever put on my body. I decided, however, that if there’s something I like, I should just go ahead and get it done even if there’s no “deeper meaning” to it.
Mark has been putting ink on bodies since before I was born, so I felt pretty comfortable going into it with him as my artist.
Well, as comfortable as someone with a terrible fear of needles can be going into a multi-hour needle sesh.
(I’m so awful with needles, that I waited until I was 16 to get my ears pierced, and even then I passed out as soon as they were done!)
As you can see by my facial expressions, I only had two modes: meditation or extreme freakout
For the first hour and a half (or so) I was pretty much meditating so that I wouldn’t think about exactly what was happening to my arm. After that, I’m pretty sure my brain caught up and decided that it was time to panic
Luckily, Mark ignored my calls to “pause!” and “I don’t really think I need the shading!” because the end result is something I completely adore.
Here’s the design process that we went through as well as the end result! It took a few months all said and done, but it was totally worth it.