All About My New (Leg) Tattoo (Part 1)
My tattoo is finally healed and ready for the second session! Want to know the thought behind the design, pain and the healing process? Keep reading!
Keep in mind that the tattoo isn’t finished yet, there’s more shadow coming!
Why this design?
My mom is very important to me, she’s a strong, loving and caring woman. I wanted a tattoo to resemble my mom and her feminine strength. At first, I wanted a beautiful portrait of hers from when she was around 30 years old, I loved that photo because she looked so fierce! But unfortunately, I never found that picture again so I thought of Nefertiti. Nefertiti was the first queen of Egypt to have the power that she had. She’s been a symbol of feminism ever since. She somehow really reminds me of my mom in both her appearance and fierce expression, that’s the reason why I wanted a tattoo of that.
Where did you get tattooed?
I got my tattoo done by the same person who did my rib tattoo! He makes the straightest lines that I’ve ever seen and is very popular for that. His artist name is Brian Beest and this is his Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/beesttattoos/
It took about three hours to finish it to where it is now, there are more shadows coming soon so that it’ll be all done. My tattooer told me that my skin was too swollen to continue with shading, that’s why we couldn’t finish it in one go.
The pain… oh man… I must say that this hurt more than the tattoo on my ribs and that’s saying a lot. At first, the tattooer started with the thinner lines on the inside of the tattoo. That didn’t really hurt that bad. But then on the outside, he used thicker lines which means thicker needles and a heavier machine. Man oh man, I don’t want to scare you but it was pretty bad. It felt as if my skin was being scorched. It took all my willpower to keep going and clench my teeth against the pain. But when we were done I was like, oh that was it! Remember that pain is only temporary, you’ll get the rest of your life to look at the beautiful outcome.
The healing process
Yes, your tattoo will feel sore and burn AF. The second day it was so swollen that it pounded if I stood up, so I couldn’t do much the whole day. After that, it went pretty quickly. It took about a month for the tattoo to be fully healed. I rubbed Bepanthen salve (the protecting one) on it two times a day and washed it with antibacterial soap. It wasn’t really a big deal until the scabs started to peel off. That itched like crazy, I never had that problem with the tattoo on my ribs, probably because it wasn’t that big. It also was a bit difficult because I at first couldn’t wear tight pants and if I did after the swelling it was very uncomfortable because of the itching.
If I had to do it again I totally would and that’s saying a lot! I hope I didn’t scare you with my story haha, comment down below what your experience is with tattoo’s. I’d love to know!
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