In 2013 I was nearing my 30th birthday. Old for a first time by society’s standards, maybe.
It’s not like I didn’t want to do it, it just never really felt right.
How do I choose the right person? What will the pain be like? What if I regret it afterwards?
I’ve always been interested in tattoos. I was 15 when my brother, on his 18th birthday, received a realism tattoo of a gecko on his bicep. Ever the reptile aficionado, this made perfect sense for him and while I enjoyed the techniques used to make the lizard appear as if it were leaping off the arm, it didn’t really move me or inspire me. Nothing I saw done or being done was my jam.
But hey, I was a 90s teen, so at least I escaped without a zodiac symbol lower back tattoo! (no tea, no shade but that trend should stay dead and buried).
I considered several images, styles and techniques over the years. I would photoshop certain images or lyrics on my body but it was not until I found traditional Japanese and met Horimitsu did I absolutely, 100% want to get a tattoo. It was like seeing a whole new side of tattooing. I needed to get this kind of tattoo.
I chose a flower, a pink peony. Simple, bold, feminine and striking. It was everything I wanted. Horimitsu was amazing and I came out obsessed with my new art.
So, to help any of you out there taking this big step for the first time, I’ve already been there and done that and here are some of my pre- (and post) first-tattoo freak outs:
What it all boils down to is that your tattoo, whether you get it at 21 or 71 (seriously, my mum just got her first tattoo last year) it’s for you.
Find the artist that fits your needs, work with them, ask them questions, be informed and be happy with your choice and then… just go for it!
As long as you’re doing it for you, you’ll love it.