Julie K. Gets Her First Tattoo and It Hurt [Video]
As some of you may know, I have been wanting to get a tattoo for quite awhile. This was not a spur of the moment decision. I have been thinking about it and checking out tattoo places for the past 6+ years. I knew I wanted a yellow rose, but wasn’t sure where I wanted it and the size. I had hoped to get it back in February for my birthday but couldn’t find the right place or the right artist to do it.
After much research and many recommendations, I was told about Corey Dobbs at Pens and Needles in the Villaggio.
I dropped in to see Corey about a month ago and told him exactly what I was looking for. I told him “I’m very particular on what I want." If we couldn’t find it, I wouldn’t get it. After all, this is going to be on my body for the rest of my life. After scanning the Internet, I found the rose I wanted.
We set the appointment for Friday, March 28. I chose that day since I thought it would be a lazy weekend and I could sit around and heal. Not so much, but it turns out didn’t need to.
On Thursday, I decided to pop back in to Pens and Needles to double check with Corey that we’re set and see what I needed to do to prepare. He still had the picture and I came with a second picture as well to reiterate what I wanted. He told me to get plenty of sleep the night before (yeah, right!) to make sure and eat before hand and come in clothes that I don’t mind possibly ruining.
So now we come to appointment time: 11 a.m. I show up in my work clothes eating -- what else -- Taco Bell. After I finish my chili cheese burritos, I change into an old tank top, old shorts and bikini bottom that I don’t mind ruining.
I have to be honest: I was nervous as hell, but I was ready! This is where the video starts.
So the big question I heard a lot: “did it hurt?” The answer? YES! It hurt. It hurt more on the side of my hip near the bone than it did on my belly fat. What did it feel like? I have given blood, had botox in my face and more, and this didn’t feel anything like that. It felt like getting burned by a cigarette.
We have all experienced someone rubbing up against us with a cigarette. It’s slow building before the actual 'ouch.' That’s what it feels like to get a tattoo. Well, to me, anyway.
The verdict? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my tattoo! I’m so glad I waited and found the right artist to do it. The detail Corey Dobbs put into it is awesome! It is way better than I could have ever imagined. Everyone who has seen it and there have been quite a few who’ve asked over the weekend, have been blown away by the detail of the rose. The shading Corey achieved makes it look almost 3-D.
Thank you again to Corey Dobbs from Pens and Needles. It’s exactly what I wanted.
Below are some of the pics from the past few days.