After I turned 60 and survived breast cancer, I decided to get a tattoo. I never had one, but I always wanted one. With the help of my daughter (who has several) I found a great artist and together we designed a tattoo for my wrist.
For many, getting a tattoo is a deeply personal decision. But beyond aesthetic reasons, many people opt to get inked as a way of expressing their identity or undergoing personal transformation. For me it was a lifelong desire, but for others? There are a number of reasons.
A form of self-expression
For many people, tattoos are a way of expressing who they are or what they believe in. Whether it’s a quote from a favorite book, a symbol of faith, or an homage to a loved one, tattoos can be a way of communicating your values and identity to the world. This is particularly true for people who feel like they don’t fit into societal norms and want to show their individuality.
A means of empowerment
Tattoos have long been associated with outlaws, rebels, and other countercultural groups. But in recent years, tattoos have become more mainstream, and getting inked is now seen as an act of empowerment for many people. From survivors of abuse to people in recovery from addiction, tattoos can be a symbol of overcoming challenges and reclaiming control over one’s body and life.
Mark life transitions
For some people, getting a tattoo is a way of marking a major life event or transition. This could be a wedding or a birth, or it could be a milestone birthday or the loss of a loved one. By getting a tattoo, people can commemorate these significant moments in a way that feels meaningful and lasting.
Tattoos are a form of art, and for some people, getting inked is an opportunity to express their creativity and showcase their individual style. From intricate designs to colorful murals, tattoos can be a form of self-expression that is both beautiful and personal.
A few things to keep in mind before taking the plunge
If you’re considering getting a tattoo, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you end up with something you’re happy with.
Do your research:
Before you commit to getting a tattoo, it’s important to research tattoo artists in your area. Check out their portfolios and read reviews from previous clients. This will give you an idea of their style and skill level and help you choose an artist that matches your interests and preferences.
Think about the design:
Take your time choosing a design that you love. Tattoo artists can help you with the design, but it’s important to come up with a concept that resonates with you. Think about the significance behind the tattoo and consider how it will look on your body over time. As you can see from the photos that mine looks so beautifully detailed initially. The ink has slowly bled into the surrounding skin and lost some of the details. My artist informed me that this would happen so I’m not surprised by the changes.
Be prepared for the pain:
Tattoos can be painful, so be prepared for some discomfort. Different areas of the body are more sensitive than others, so consider the location of your tattoo. If you’re concerned about the pain, talk to your artist beforehand and ask about any numbing creams or other options that might be available. For me, I did not have any numbing and boy did it hurt! The wrist is one of the more sensitive areas to get inked and I am so glad that it wasn’t an extensive design. The artist will be able to guide you to the least painful places.
Follow aftercare instructions:
Once your tattoo is complete, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your artist. This typically involves keeping the area clean and moisturized while it heals. Be prepared for some itching and scabbing, but resist the urge to scratch or pick at the tattoo. Keep the area moisturized (I used Aquaphor Ointment), and if you have any concerns during the healing process, don’t hesitate to reach out to your artist for advice.
Embrace the experience:
Getting a tattoo is a unique and personal experience, and it can be an opportunity for self-expression and creativity. Embrace the process and enjoy the experience of working with a talented artist to create a beautiful piece of art that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Getting a tattoo can be a wonderful way to express yourself and create a beautiful, lasting piece of art. With some research, preparation, and aftercare, you can ensure that your tattoo experience is positive and rewarding. Remember to take your time (a tattoo cannot be easily erased), choose a design that speaks to you, and enjoy the experience of creating something that reflects your personality and interests. I have not regretted mine for a single day and am thinking about the next one (hopefully before I’m 90!).
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