Tattoos – My Experience

Thinking about getting a tattoo? I’ve shared my experiences from getting both of my tattoos and what you can expect when getting yours!

Before I got my first tattoo, I had heard from a lot of people that tattoos are addictive. I hadn’t taken any notice until I got my own – but I think it’s true!

My First Tattoo


The first tattoo I got was this star on my right hip. I got it while I was living in York for university on my 20th birthday, so nearly 6 years ago! Whilst I much prefer my second tattoo, I don’t hate this one and I don’t regret getting it. If I hadn’t had the experience of getting it, I wouldn’t have had the guts to get my second bigger one. Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t know until afterwards that Avril Lavigne has the exact same tattoo in the exact same place!

I don’t remember much about getting my first tattoo. My friend came with me and talked to me the whole time to keep me distracted. I was nervous the night before but by the time I was lying on the table I was more excited. As far as I can remember it took around 30 minutes. The first four points of the star didn’t hurt much at all. It just felt like my skin was being scratched over and over again, but it was more like an irritation than pain. The final point of the star hurt more, because the pressure of the needle was directly on my hipbone. I was glad to get that part over with.

In terms of healing, I just put regular coats of Bepanthan over it. It healed pretty quickly and I didn’t experience any problems in the healing process.

 

My Second Tattoo

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I got my second tattoo in June 2017. I had wanted this dream-catcher design for years, but I had talked myself out of it a few times because I was scared it was too generic. In the end, I threw caution to the wind and I’m so glad I did.

The tattooist was Mick Cage from India Street Tattoo, Belfast. He now works at 366 Tattoo Crew, which is also in Belfast. You can check out his portfolio of work on his website or on Facebook.

It took around 2 hours to complete. I had prepared myself for pain because the ribs are meant to be one of the most sensitive places to get a tattoo. I must have a high pain threshold because it turned out to be fine. However, I must say that the last 15 minutes were significantly more painful than the rest but only because my skin had been worked on for nearly 2 hours so it was red raw already!

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As you can see from this (terrible quality, sorry!) photo – my skin was SO red by the end.

Mick was really good at keeping me chatting and distracted all the way through, so I would highly recommend that you check him out. Especially if you’re into mandalas and/or dot work.

In terms of healing, because it was a bigger tattoo – it was really itchy for the first week while it settled and scabbed. This is completely normal. I treated it with regular applications of Bepanthan and after that first week it was perfect.

I’m hoping to someday revisit this tattoo and get some colour through it but I’m in no rush because I’m still really happy with it !

My Tips for Anyone Getting a Tattoo (or considering getting one!)

 

  • Obviously you don’t need me to tell you that tattoos are forever (unless you’re willing to deal with the pain and expense of getting it lasered off). Make sure that you’re 100% sure about what you want before you make the commitment. Also, if you get to your appointment and change your mind, don’t be scared to back out. You’ll thank yourself later when you haven’t got a tattoo you regret for the rest of your life!
  • Consider the size and placement of your tattoo – does your workplace/school allow tattoos? If not, can it be easily covered up?
  • EAT – before you go in for you tattoo. Getting tattooed puts your body through a lot more strain than you’d expect. If you’re not well-fuelled, you could end up feeling light headed very quickly
  • Tattoos are expensive BUT price often reflects quality. I’d rather pay more for an amazing tattoo than get a cheaper one which might not match up to your original design. Once again, tattoos are FOREVER.
  • Research not just your design, but the artist you want to instruct. Try to find someone who specialises in the type of design that you want. For example, someone who is great at tribal designs, may not be so good at portraits!

I’d love to see pictures of your tattoos and hear about your experiences. Please leave me a comment on here or any of my social media’s!

47 Comments

  1. Courtney
    November 15, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Love your dream catcher! These are great tips!

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      Ah thank you so much I love it too! x

  2. Ann
    November 15, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Wow! It looks pretty! I just don’t have the courage like yours!

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      Haha it’s worth it in the end!

      Thank you for reading x

  3. November 15, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Great info! I’ve always been too chicken to get one, and I have a terrible tendency to get sick of things after 2 weeks (haha) so I’ve never been extremely tempted. But I am definitely always curious what the process is like and how long they take to heal. I’m glad you had such positive experiences!

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Haha definitely best to wait until you’re 100% sure. Getting one and being sick of it in 2 weeks would be a nightmare.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read x

  4. Shana
    November 15, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    The dream catcher is STUNNING! I have heard that having the side of your ribs done is one of the most painful areas! You are brave 🙂

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      Thank you so much – like I said – I was expecting agony based on what other people had told me but it was fine!

  5. November 15, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Spot on tips, Megan! I LOVE tattoos – I have 9 so far and I’m hoping my next will be my half sleeve or calf tattoo. I’m so with you on eating before going – drinking water is important, too. Researching your artist and studio is HUGE. You want to go somewhere clean and reputable!

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Absolutely – when you see TV shows like Tattoo Fixers you see just how easily things can go wrong when you don’t pick somewhere reputable. I’d love to get a half sleeve but I think my mum would kill me (even at 26!)

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read x

  6. November 15, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Great information. I won’t be getting a tattoo but I know popular they are.

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you for reading x

  7. November 15, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I have never gotten one and briefly thought about getting one. 2 of my three kids want to get tattoos.

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you so much for reading x

  8. November 15, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    I’ve gotten a couple myself and still in the works of getting more. Tattoos are expensive, I am so picky of who does my tattoo and how it will turn out that even the smallest designs are a fortune.

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      I’m super picky too – especially after watching TV shows like Tattoo Fixers – you can see how easily it can all go wrong if you don’t choose someone reputable! x

  9. Ruthie Ridley
    November 15, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Love the star!! These are fun!

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you!

  10. November 15, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Very interesting read and perspective…I don’t have any tattoos but appreciate the meaning behind my friends’ tattoos.

  11. Ronnie
    November 15, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I love the placement of your large tattoo! It suits you really well. I’ve been considering getting a tattoo for ages but I haven’t found ‘the one’ as far as an image that I want.. I’m afraid to get something marked on my body that I will end up disliking because I don’t feel a true connection to it.

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 11:19 pm

      Don’t get anything until you’re 100% that you’re going to love it! Thanks for reading 🙂 x

  12. November 15, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    I love your dreamcatcher tattoo! I definitely could have used that tip about eating before my first tattoo experience. This motivates me to continue on in my tattoo journey and go for my second one!

    • megansays
      Author
      November 15, 2017 / 11:18 pm

      Yessss do it! Ha I’m such an enabler! Let me know what you end up getting! Thanks for reading x

  13. November 15, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    I’ve thought about getting a tattoo, but I’ve never made the commitment yet! Maybe one day if I can figure out what I would really want.

    • megansays
      Author
      November 16, 2017 / 8:57 am

      There’s no rush! Thank you for reading 🙂

  14. November 16, 2017 / 3:18 am

    This is pretty awesome! I love that you shared your experience plus tips, this is perfect for people who are planning to get a tattoo for the first time. Love the designs that you picked.

    • megansays
      Author
      November 16, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Thank you! I hope it helps at least one person!

  15. November 16, 2017 / 3:36 am

    Love your tattoos! I agree it’s addictive too. I have 3 and have always wanted more!

    • megansays
      Author
      November 16, 2017 / 8:55 am

      That’s it! Once you’ve had one and you know it’s not as painful as you thought – you end up wanting loads more!

      Thank you for reading x

  16. November 16, 2017 / 5:58 am

    I absolutely LOVE tattoos. I currently have 6, with many more plans.

  17. Belinda
    November 16, 2017 / 10:37 am

    I love my tattoo! Your dream catcher is awesome!

  18. November 16, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Love your tattoos. The dream catcher is beautiful

    • megansays
      Author
      November 16, 2017 / 1:54 pm

      Thank you so much and thank you for reading x

  19. November 16, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    I have 15 tattoos and although some of my earlier ones are pretty rubbish they all represent a point in my life. I have a high pain threshold the same as you as I have one on each ribcage/side. I am currently toying wth the idea of a half sleeve for my arm

    • megansays
      Author
      November 16, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      Aw it’s always nice when tattoos remind you of special memories etc. At least they’re just there with no real meaning!

      Ha if you want one get one – you only live once hehe!

      Thanks for reading x

  20. November 16, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    My husband and I often talk about getting tattoos so I appreciate this list. Thanks for the tips

    • megansays
      Author
      November 17, 2017 / 9:20 am

      No problem – thanks for reading x

  21. Rebecca Swenor
    November 16, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    This is awesome information for anyone thinking of getting a tattoo. Tattoos are to me. an expression of our characters. I love your dream catcher and hopefully soon I can get one on each hand with my sons initials in the center of them. Thanks for sharing your experience and the information.

  22. RonLeyba
    November 18, 2017 / 3:10 am

    I also got tattoos and I agree with all the things you’ve said. Love your dream catcher one. Nicely done.

  23. November 19, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    the tattoo i got on my rib was soo painful, and its teeny compared to yours! i think im too much of a wimp to get something so big, or id have to get it done in so many stages haha.

    i definitely think tattoos are addictive, ive got 5 now and really really want some more! i just love the smell of tattoo shops!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • megansays
      Author
      November 19, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      Ahah I guess it’s down to the pain threshold of each person! I still want loads more but they’re gonna have to be ones that are as easily covered up ? x

  24. Elizabeth O
    November 19, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Your dream catcher tattoo looks absolutely beautiful. I am not a huge fan of tattoo person but I understand and respect their decision about getting tattooed.

    • megansays
      Author
      November 19, 2017 / 12:55 pm

      Thank you so much – it’s not for everybody! But I appreciate you taking the time to have a read! X

  25. Rosey
    November 19, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    My 2nd oldest who swore he’d never get any, just got a sleeve. And a chest tatt. And one on his rear-end (TMI?) lol. Geez, lol. I have to be careful when he says ‘never’ next time, ha! 🙂

    • megansays
      Author
      November 19, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Hahaha they’re so addictive though – it’s hard to stop once you’ve got one. Thanks for reading x

  26. Danny Corrigan
    December 20, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Bepanthen is no longer recommended for tattoo aftercare. Due to an ingredient change it is now known to block pores and cause irritation to the skin which leads to ink coming out of the skin and ruining the tattoo. I use palmers cocoa butter on my tattoos 🙂

    Love the tatts!

    • megansays
      Author
      December 20, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      Didn’t know that! Will remember that one for my next one! Thanks for reading 🙂

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