My Tattoos

07 December

My tattoos are something that I get asked about a lot. I'm not sure whether this is because I don't look someone you would expect to have tattoos, even though tattoos are pretty normal nowadays. Anyway, today I thought I would show and talk you through mine and give you a bit of advice if you're thinking of getting a tattoo soon.

As you can see, I'm into very colourful, bright tattoos. I asked for flower details on all of them to keep them quite feminine as I feel that this goes with my very girly personal style.

The top two tattoos are by Richie Clarke at Forever True Tattoo and the wolf on the left was my first ever tattoo. I wanted my shins tattooed because I have really pale skin and I thought that having tattoos on my legs would give me a bit more confidence to get them out. I was absolutely terrified before getting this done in case I couldn't deal with the pain and had to get him to stop. I think this helped in a way, as I actually found that it didn't hurt too much. It felt a bit like a cat scratch. I went to Richie for these two because I wanted them to be done in a traditional style and that's what he specialises in. I have a wolf and a stag, because I just love Game of Thrones that much.

My little fox was done by Jody Dawber, who specialises in gorgeously girly, cute tattoos. This one is on my inner arm, which surprisingly hurt a lot more than my shins.Foxes are my favourite animal and I just really wanted a tattoo of one sleeping in some leaves and flowers. Tattoos don't need a meaning behind them other than "I wanted it, so I got it".

Some tips for getting your first tattoo:

1. Decide what you want, where you want it and how big you want it, then do your research to find a tattooer who specialises in the style of tattoo you like. Instagram is a great resource, as it Google. Search for things like "girly tattoos uk" and this should help you find someone. When you've found the one, send them an email with all the details they'll need such as size, whether you want colours, dates you are available and how much you can afford.

2. Eat beforehand. This keeps your blood sugar up to stop you feeling faint and helps with the pain. You could also bring a fizzy drink with you in case you need a quick sugar hit during the process.

3. Bring your phone or a book to distract yourself from the pain. Tattooers usually don't mind this and would probably prefer you to be scrolling through Instagram than squirming with pain or distracting them.

4. Follow the aftercare instructions you're given and don't pick at your tattoo. If it's itchy, slap it.

Do you have any tattoos? I'd love to see them!

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