I have always loved tattoos, so it was no surprise when I decided to get my first as soon as I could. I eventually want more. I’m planning a monochromatic sleeve of all the art that inspires me. The first tattoo I got was a large palm tree. I love to travel and have always had a fascination with California so I got this as a reminder of the kind of life I want to live- that of travelling, exploring and relaxing.
Two years later, I got my glasses and the hands of David and God from Michelangelo’s Last Judgement. The glasses are the glasses of Dr TJ Eckleburg from The Great Gatsby. The book has always inspired me and it is my favourite book and one of my favourite movies. The excerpt from Michelangelo’s painting is inspired by the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. I wanted something that could portray that song without actually getting the word tattooed on me.
When I got my first tattoo three years ago, there were a few things that I learned and a few things that I would’ve liked to know beforehand. If you’re thinking about getting your first tattoo, think about these things before you choose to go ahead.
Make sure to choose an artist whose work you really love. Remember this art will be on your body forever, so choose someone with high-quality work. You may have to pay more for a good tattoo, but trust me when I say that it’s worth it. Have your artist draw up a custom tattoo the way you envision it, but don’t allow someone to tattoo you if they’re willing to copy someone else’s art. It says a lot about their work.
I don’t believe in the notion that tattoos have to have a meaning. That being said, make sure you are very sure about the tattoo you want and that you’ve thought about it for a while. It will most likely be on your body for the rest of your life so choose something that you really love.
Getting a tattoo does not hurt as much as you think. I was waiting for the worst pain of my life, but I chose to get my tattoos in a place that does not have a very high pain rating. Different parts of the body hurt differently. If you’re really sensitive to pain, don’t get your first tattoo on your face, stomach, feet, wrists, back of the knees, armpits, and pits of the elbows.