Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my new tattoo.
I can't lie, I smile every time I glance down at my wrist.
Naturally I was a little concerned about getting a tattoo - especially on mywrist. I work in a professional environment, and I don't exactly fit the mold of one who gets tattooed.
I sent my friend Reg an email one day that simply said "Tattoos - yay or nay?" to which he replied "Funny, I went to the tattoo place near my house the other day to enquire about getting one".
Reg is a little bit, ummm, sarcastic and I honestly thought he was mocking me. He tends do that. Kind of a lot. But much to my surprise, he wasn't, and he was planning on getting a tattoo himself. After a few more emails and texts, next thing I knew, the appointment was booked. Score!
Our tattoo artist Paul greeted us with a smile and got to work on the stencil for my tattoo. The time in between the time it took him (about 25 mins) and the time he actually tattooed felt like an eternity. I tend to get myself a little worked up about things - Googling "Wrist tattoo pain" and reading words like blood, oozing, and infection right before getting it wasn't exactly my best move. I was expecting death and I was so nervous I thought I was going to vomit.
Luckily Reg is very good at managing this, and distracted me with pleasant thoughts - like having a life size portrait of Derek Jeter's face tattooed on my back. It's all kind of a blur now. What I did confirm though, and this likely isn't a shock to most, I talk A LOT when I'm nervous.
Thanks for putting up with my shit, Reg! :)
The tattoo itself only took maybe 5-7 minutes. It wasn't painful, but it defintiely wasn't sunshine and roses either. I found that it hurt less when I didn't look at it, so I chose to look away for the most part. The "Y" part felt a little bit like torture Jack Bauer style though.
Before I knew it, it was over and bandaged up. Easy peesey!
I was able to remove the bandage about 4 hours later, and I was so so so very happy with the end result.
What has shocked me the most about this? How friggin' emotional I was the next day.
I took a picture of it, and posted it Facebook. The amazing reactions from family and friends made me smile, and then cry - happy tears of course.
My favorite one came from my grade one teacher: (I know it sounds weird to have your grade one teacher on Facebook, but in this case it's not - just trust me)
What a great tattoo. Whenever I think of your mom, I remember her laughter and the time that she read what you wrote on our class Mother's Day chart. Everyone contributed a sentence about what their mother liked to do (e.g. make me cookies, read me stories....) Your contribution - My mother likes to pick fleas off the cat! :)
It made me laugh... and then cry... and then laugh some more.
I've wanted to get a tattoo for a long time, but could never pin-point exactly what I wanted. I knew I wanted something to remember my Mom but could never make a decision. I often suffer from buyers remorse after I've made a big purchase, but I don't have a single regret in this case.