My Tattoo Experience

As I mentioned in one of my first posts here On The Edge Of Everything, I have been wanting to get a tattoo for quite some time now, though I never seized the opportunity to do so. Last week, I was conversing with my roommate, Jess, and I told her how I have always wanted one. She asked me why I haven’t, and why I am waiting around, and her simple question prompted me to follow through with my desire to get a tattoo. I went the next day to a tattoo parlour here in St. Catharines called Studio 4, which was recommended to me by a friend, and I booked an appointment for the following week.

I went yesterday afternoon with my other roommate, Natalie, and I finally got my tattoo. My appointment was at 12:30, and we arrived around 12:15. I filled out some paperwork, stating I would care for my tattoo and that I was in a sound state of mind, and about 10 minutes later my tattoo artist, Dan, came out with a sketch of what I wanted. It was perfect. I followed him into one of the booths in the studio, and he began.

Studio 4 is a fantastic tattoo parlour. The artists there are highly sanitary in their practices, and everything was up to my standards. Dan sanitized the inside of my left wrist, which is where I got my tattoo, shaved away some stubble, and traced his sketch onto my wrist. He then got started.

Heading into this experience, I really had no idea what to expect. I was under the impression that the needle used for tattoos had one tip, but it actually had, from what I could see, 8 or 10 needle tips. Dan dipped the needle heads in black ink, and began filling in his sketch.

The entire procedure lasted about 15 minutes. It actually took longer for Dan to prep and ensure his station was clean than it did for him to tattoo me. It did not hurt badly, just some minor pinching here and there with a little bit of blood.

As soon as he was finished, he sanitized my tattoo, and wrapped it in bandages and tape. He told me to keep the bandage on for approximately 3 hours, and to wash my tattoo with mild soap and water immediately after removing the bandage after the 3 hour window had passed. I did exactly that, and I was surprised to see that there was no redness around my tattoo whatsoever. It is a little tender to the touch, but again, I though it would be worse.

Dan told me to continually moisturize my tattoo to prevent it from scabbing, and to avoid swimming or soaking my wrist for at least 3 weeks. After that I am good to go.

I am thoroughly pleased with my tattoo as well as my choosing to finally go get one done. I chose to get a tattoo of a semi colon, which, outside of a grammatical context, is a symbol for mental health awareness. It represents choosing to continue a sentence as opposed to ending one, which is of relevance to me because of my history with an eating disorder. I chose to get this tattoo to remind me of what I have overcome, as well as to refrain from falling back into dangerous habits and behaviours.

The image alongside this post is my actual tattoo, and I am so pleased with how it turned out. Dan could not have done a better job.

If you’re interested in getting a tattoo and you’re in the St. Catharines area, I highly recommend checking out Studio 4 Tattoo Parlour. Here is the link to their website: http://www.studio4tattoo.com

Let me know if you have any tattoos and your experiences with them!

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