1 October 2013
I got my tattoo today! I got it done at Think Tattoo. It is at Far East Plaza.
Very excited about it ^^
I have always wanted to get a second tattoo. I got my first one about 3 years ago? I decided on the word gratitude becuase it is something that I live by and will always live by. I always feel that this world would be such a better place if everyone was thankful for what they had. I am very lucky and I am very much happier when I practice gratitiude :)
So thats the story behind my tattoo. After choosing the design, the tatto artist would stencil it on your body as such:
Then you lie on the bed? Surgical Table? Tattoo Table? The tattoo artist will cling wrap the entire thing for hygiene purposes.
And there we go. I'm sure the first question that everyone will ask is " Does it hurt?"
HELL YES IT DOES. It is definitely an 8 for me.If I were to describe the pain, I would say that it is like piercing a penknife through your skin and having it scratch over and over your skin. My first tattoo is behing my ear and I don't remember it as being that painful as this. Maybe it's because it is more sensitive?
Personally, I feel that the bolding of the font/scratching of the needle on the skin is less painful as compared to when the artist lifts up the needle and repoke it into your body. Now that is bad.
But the most important thing when getting a tattoo is TO BREATHE. Sounds easy aye, but it sure ain't especially when you are enduring that pain. When you are so focused on enduring the pain you tend to forget to breathe. When you forget to breathe, you faint.
Really I have to give it up to those with huge tattoos on their body. The fact that they can endure so much pain is amazing.
When you are all done, your skin feel as though it has been sunburnt. The tattoo artist will slather a thick layer of vaseline and bandage it up.
Of course I have to take more shots of it before it gets bandaged up. Sorry I didnt manage to take a shot of it being bandaged but it wasn't anything fancy or pretty. Do expect your tattoo to bleed a lil though.
The tattoo artist recommended us to get an ointment for our tattoo called Bepanthen. I got it from Watsons for 8.90 SGD. You can find it from the section where they sell all the baby stuff.
I was told to wash my tattoo with soap and warm water every 3 hours and then apply a thin layer of the ointment on it. It is very importatant to keep the tattoo clean.
Being the girl that I am, you cannot tell a generic term like 'soap'. I was like what soap, face? body? hand? anti bacterial? I decided to use my facial cleanser in the end. I figured that would be milder. I was considering on using vagisil though cos it has antibacterial bacterial properties too right?
The first wash I was a lil scared. I was told to remove the bandage after 4 hours and then I could wash the tattoo and shower. It turned out fine, it didn't hurt too much and it shouldnt hurt too much if you are gentle.
Throwback to my first tattoo :)
Yay! Survived my first night and extremely happy that I did not wake up with a fever like I did my first time.
The ink does stain your clothes though, so be sure to wear black. It still is a tad sore. So I do have to take extra care of that spot.
Fast Forwarding! My tattoo has been healing very well! All is left is abit of bruising. It is starting to get very itchy though as the skin heals and scabs. But always remember, never to scratch.
The ink will start to fall off as well. At this point, it is very important that I cleaned and applied my nappy cream on time because it really does offer some relief from the itch hehe.
Yay! I can safely say that my healing process has been rather perfect! No infections or any nasty things like that. The colour is still very vibrant ^^
TADAAAAA~ I still do apply the nappy cream from time to time when I remember to do so, but all is good so far :D
I really think the way of cleaning that my tattoo arist recommended is AWESOME and is the reason why my tattoo healed so well! The discomfort is very minimal very different from my first experience.
There are several things that I had to abstain from and coincidentally they all start with S haha or that my tattoo artist is extremely punny. I had to stay away from the sun, swimming, scratching, scrubbing, seafood/shellfish (only if you believe that seafood/shellfish is 'poisonous'). Do check with your tattoo artist if you are worried!
So yeah! That has been my tattoo journey! Hope it has been interesting <3