I have wanted to get a tattoo since I was in university about 10 years ago, but I have just never found anything that I liked enough to have as an indelible mark etched into my skin forever. I have searched through online tattoo galleries on and off for ages, but never found anything that inspired me. I always want the tattoo to have some meaning and not just because. I read this quote on Wenchy’s blog and it resonated with me:
[A] genuine tattoo…. tells a story. I like stories and tattoos, no matter how well done, and if they don’t tell a story that involves you emotionally, then they’re just there for decoration, then they’re not a valid tattoo. …There has to be some emotional appeal or they’re not, to my way of thinking, a real tattoo. It tells people what you are and what you believe in, so there’s no mistakes. ~Leo, tattooist, 1993, quoted in Margo DeMello, Bodies of Inscription, 2000
This tattoo tells a story:
I saw the tattoo name The Guardian Angel on line and fell in love with it straight away.
This is the design ready to take to the Tattoo artist
So it begins
They first do a line-art transfer and then checked that i was happy with where it was and what it would look like. I must admit to be very very nervous. Sharon and I went in the morning to see if they could help but the first appointment was at 6pm, I had the whole day to be nervous. No matter how much people tell you it is not so bad, not knowing what to expect made me very very nervous.
It really was not even half as bad as I thought it would be, I laughed and joked and smiled through out. It was nothing more than mildly annoying. The guy said I had a high pain threshold but I think 2 natural births without drugs, running comrades for 11 hours, and having my breast implants means that it was just not that bad compared to other things I have been through. It feels like someone scratching you.
He told me to get up not turn around and come look in the mirror before I showed Sharon for the final photo.
( it is on my right shoulder but there was a big mirror behind him as he worked so some of the pictures Sharon took of the mirror view so looks like it is on my left)
I love it! Totally love it, he asked before we started what i thought of having it shaded rather than solid as it is quite big and he was concerned that solid it would look very dark and heavy on a girl. I really really like the end result.
A very big thank you to Sharon who came with me, I was nervous and having a friend along really helped and of course having her there to take the pictures was great.
To Cath, Alice,Tanya and everyone who saw the design before and encouraged me to do it. To Wenchy who sms’ed me good luck just before, to André who congratulated me on being brave. And of course to Aequitas for always thinking I am awesome and offering his support. I have the most amazing people in my life – guardian angels.