I GOT A TATTOO


Guess who finally got inked?! That's right, a few days ago I finally stopped being a baby and got my first tattoo! Getting a tattoo is a big deal, especially when it's your first so I thought I would share with you my experience and tell you all about why I decided to get a tattoo and what my tattoo means to me.


I have been wanting to get a tattoo for so long now, but I was never sure if I could handle the commitment ya know?! It is forever! I tend to have this habit of over thinking and over analysing every single situation I'll ever be in so when it came to a tattoo, my brain went into overdrive! What if it goes wrong? What if you don't like how it looks afterwards? What if you don't like in 10 years time? You're going to have this in your nineties- do you want that? So, as you can see there were a lot of things going on in my crazy mind when thinking of a tattoo. As hard as it was, I had to tell my brain to just shut the fuck up! I knew I wanted a tattoo and I knew the design I had chosen was something that meant a lot to me, so I just put my annoying little worries into a box and didn't listen to them!

So when it comes to getting a tattoo, a lot of people talk about the pain. Obviously this is different for everyone, as it completely depends on your pain tolerance and where you have your tattoo. I am a crybaby. My pain tolerance is really low and I pretty much cry and the littlest bit of pain, so taking this into consideration, I decided to have my tattoo on my ribs because I'm really clever. No to be honest the pain wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. You hear everyone's stories of how their tattoo hurt them and hear about how certain places will hurt more than others. So being the over thinker I am, I went in already with the idea that this was going to be like hell. In a strange way, I'm glad I did because it then wasn't as bad as I thought and the only way I can compare it to is, it's like someone is scratching you with a pin (obviously it's a needle). It is uncomfortable and I definitely could tell when he was tattooing directly onto my rib bone, but it's totally bearable and I didn't cry, so if I can do it anyone can. The thing with a tattoo is that the pain is worth it to get the tattoo you want for the rest of your life and mine literally took less than ten minutes so the pain was over before I knew it!


I decided that for my first tattoo I wanted to get something that means a lot to me and has helped me a lot growing up. As I've talked about a lot, I like to embrace the strange and unusual- a quote from my favourite goth lady, Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice. This want to embrace that has come from my own personal experience growing up. I have never been normal. I've never felt like I fit in anywhere. I've never been one to follow the trends and I have a pretty unique sense of style. One of my colleagues/ friends said to me the other week- "I've never met someone so young, who is so sure of who they are." I'd never thought of it that way but she was right. I've always had a really strong sense of self: who I was, what I wanted to do and how I wanted to dress. Alongside this, I am a goth. It took me a long time to feel comfortable expressing this side of myself and to feel confident in the way I looked and who I was. I was always worried people would judge me or call me strange. It's something I've struggled with since I was a kid, feeling different and feeling like that was a bad thing or that I should be trying to hide that, like I was wrong. I remember the first time I watched Beetlejuice and I fell in love with how weird and different it was! I fell in love with Lydia and how she was truly herself! Then she said those famous words "I, myself, am strange and unusual" and something just clicked for me, I wanted to cry because suddenly I saw that it was okay to be different! I am strange and unusual and fucking proud of it! I like being different, being my true self and not giving a shit what anyone else thinks anymore! This quote means the world to me and it warms my heart when I show people my tattoo and they say that is such a me tattoo because it really is and I have never felt more proud to be myself, even if I am strange and unusual!



Now I know I can cope with the pain, I already want more and know I am going to have at least a couple more! Tattoos for me are a form of self expression, they tell a story of who you are! They make you, you.

Till next time,
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6 comments :

  1. This is awesome! Great idea that really fits with your personality. Be careful, they're addictive!

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  2. This tattoo is everything!! I got my firs tattoo a few weeks ago and I love love love it!! Cannot wait to get more!

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  3. OMG Congrats! So perfect! I love the reference! I don't have a tattoo yet but I have been thinking about it for quite a while now! xx corinne

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  4. Loving your tattoo hun! It's so you and you suit it perfectly. It's good you decided on one that really suits your personality and will do throughout life. Choosing a tattoo is always tricky but I think you've got the perfect one for you.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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  5. This is such a gorgeous tattoo and it suits you so much girl! Really surprised to hear that you've not been tattooed before x

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  6. Your tattoo looks beautiful, such poignant words and I'm so glad you love it! I got my first tattoo last August and haven't looked back, it was such a big decision but totally worth it! Again, your tattoo is beautiful!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk

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