I love tattoos. Before I had kids I would get about one tattoo a year. Then 3 pregnancies in 3 years and nursing put doing anything for myself on hold. My husband of course took this opportunity to work on his own body art, for we all know how costly getting ink on your body can be….especially when finding a good artist.
When it was finally my turn to decorate my temple I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to get. Sure I had 3 little ones that I could honor via ink but again I couldn’t decide how I wanted to go about doing that and although I have seen many good ideas I just didn’t want to be a cliche and get what everyone else was getting.
Now I am a huge Tim Burton fan dating back to the days of “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands” and of course the most recent arts of “Nightmare Before Christmas”. So I finally decided that I was going to dedicate an entire sleeve to Tim Burton characters. My arm, which was bare for 41 years, is now officially in the process of being completely inked. I made the 2 hour treck into Reno and sat for 4 hours getting most of the outline done minus a few characters. Do tattoos hurt? Well of course they do it’s a needle penetrating your skin, but what I explain to people is that tattoos are like child birth…it hurts while it’s happening but once it is complete you have something new and beautiful to look at and somehow the pain is forgotten.
Here is what is done so far. Still have a few more sessions to go but “good things come to those who wait”. I am glad I took the time to decide what I truly wanted. I am glad that I found an artist who is professional and good at what he does (plus he owns the shop so there is no fear of him skipping town before my arm is finished).