Happy 4th of July to all! It is pretty strange that the holiday falls on a Wednesday this year. It puts a bit of a damper on the celebration since I worked yesterday and have to go back to work tomorrow. A lot of fireworks shows have been cancelled in my area due to impending weather and the storms we had this weekend. So what’s a girl to do in order to make the holiday special? Get a tattoo and a piercing of course!
That’s right. I left work, headed to the chiropractor, then went in search of a good tattoo parlor. The first one I went to didn’t have a piercer on staff that night. Not to be deterred, I headed downtown to a parlor I know has a great piercer and lots of choices for jewelry. I got there and wasn’t disappointed. Some quick paperwork and a care instruction lecture later and I had a nose ring! Here it is:
I was debating between that and a Monroe piercing, which my friend Wendy was kind enough to tell me about. I asked a few questions about both and decided on the nose ring for a few reasons. First, the Monroe swells a lot more. Secondly, I has been a little leery of a piercing through my mouth because I tend to get ulcers a lot – every time I bite my lip or the inside of my mouth. I couldn’t imagine getting one of those on a new piercing – Ouch! The most important reason I decided to get a nose piercing, though, is exactly what I commented to Wendy about why I wasn’t sure about it. My comment to her was,
“I have always been a little leery of nose piercings because I have a little bump on my nose that I tend to be slightly self-conscious about. I have come to like it and realize that it’s part of my charm and uniqueness… But I still was never really sure about getting a piercing there.”
I decided to own my nose, little hump and all! It’s time that I accept the things that make me different and see them as beautiful instead of a flaw (like I starting doing in What Makes Me Beautiful?). This was a great first step to that.
I had also found a great tattoo that I wanted to get, and asked it there was an artist in that could take care of it for me. Unfortunately, they only had one guy in yesterday and he had a line of customers waiting for him. Oh well… I was just about content with my nose ring. I texted my Mom and sister showing them. My sister had a few questions, so I called her up. In the course of our conversation she told me about another tattoo parlor close to our house that also does piercings. I thought they were strictly a tattoo place, but she said no. She also told me that they had a really great artist and reasonable prices. I decided to swing by there and check it out.
As soon as I walked in I felt at home. The two guys there were super-cool. I brought in the photo of what I was thinking about and we got to talking. I had a few other photos of various other tattoos that I would like to combine the look of to make a custom one. That is generally all they do, so they were really stoked about the idea. They took the photos and said in a few days they will have a drawing made up for me. In the meantime, I headed to the chair to get my turtle tattoo done. It was pretty close to closing time – about an hour – when I walked in, but the guys there were more than happy to get started and stay a little over if they needed to. Very cool!
I decided on a turtle again for a few reasons. I have always loved turtles. I can’t quite explain it, but I think they are amazing creatures. They glide through the water with such grace and beauty. I also love the independence that they have from the day they are born. There’s nothing quite as difficult as being abandoned on the beach by your mother to struggle from your egg, dig up to the surface through sand, and make your own way to the ocean. They are resilient and carry their home and protection around with them. They aren’t incredibly social (like me). The turtle is also a reminder to get out of my shell sometimes. Let others in. Be vulnerable. Maintain my independence while not blocking others out. It is a reinforcement of who I am and a positive reminder to keep growing. Here’s the finished product fresh after it was done:
Keep in mind that it is a little bloody, so the colors aren’t completely showing up right. The center is actually pink, and I will be going back in a few weeks to get it touched up and have a brighter pink added. They are going to be ordering a special Chinese ink that is so bright it is almost flourescent. That is the color in the original photo I brought in, and the artist was already planning to order some because it is apparently the best ink on the market. I’m also going to get him to tweak a few things. Overall, I love it!
The experience was very empowering. It was great to just do something for me. My head did start spinning at one point in the middle and I actually passed out. It was quite embarrassing because that has never happened to me before and I have 3 other tattoos. The reason it happened, though, is because I stupidly went in to get a tattoo when I hadn’t eaten in 6 hours. I had lunch around 1 and walked in to get my tattoo a little after 7. I was so busy running around town that I didn’t actually stop and eat something. Silly girl! They gave me a Pepsi and some M&M’s. After a cool towel and about 5 minutes of resting on a massage table I was ready to go again. The rest of the tattoo went really smoothly. They are great guys there, and they kept me talking about all sorts of stuff – from zombies (we are kindred spirits) to politics to religion to redneck trailer parks at the beach. They were my kinda people! 🙂
Today I’m not sure what I’m gonna do. Other than moisterizing my tattoo every hour and cleaning my nose ring a few times that is. I have contemplated going shopping, but that seems like it could be a self-defeating mission. Not only is it over 100 degrees outside (for the 10th day in a row or something like that), but I’m not sure what the department stores will look like today. I sure do hate crowds. Whatever I decide to do it will be something that I want to do because it makes me happy. I hope you do the same!