Tattoo One - Forget-me-not tramp stamp.
(yes that's my blood. gross, I know. I don't think that much bleeding is normal)
About a month after I got the star cluster not only did it fade, but it actually went away. Like I don't know if my body just rejected it or what happened. I tried for months to get back to the same shop but they made all sorts of excuses like it had to be walk-in only, that artist only...etc. Well I had a 2 yr old (Gav, at the time) and it wasn't exactly able to drive 45 min alone downtown for a touch-up to see if the artist was or was not there.
pretty bad, right?
So I started asking around at work and my friend recommended Shorty at Creative Designs. He was awesome and touched up my work. He actually also recolored, re-lined, just really helped me out. I had to pay him, but it was only maybe $40 plus a big tip because he was so good. He looks exactly like Jay from Jay & Silent Bob. He did the exact same tattoo and it didn't hurt at all.
He said the 'care' I had been told to do previously on this one was wrong. That just lotion and nothing else was what made it be rejected by my skin. He gave me about a zillion tubes of A&D ointment. I actually still have a lot which I have used on....
Tattoos 3 & 4 - Star on left foot, Hello Kitty on Right Foot.
April, 2010. I have wanted a Hello Kitty tattoo oh... forever. I was scared to get her because 1- I thought I would 'grow out' of loving her and 2- that someone would screw her up and I'd have a jacked up HK tat on me for eternity. This May I turned 30. In April we had a work-thing where we were casual then got out early. Gav was in daycare, so I thought hey, why not? Jason had gone to the MMA store next to Jolly Rogers Tattoo right by our apartment. He said it was a super nice tattoo place and I should ask about getting my Hello Kitty there. So I left from the work thing, stopped by the apt, printed out clip-art of a star and Hello Kitty and drove on up to Jolly Rogers in Greensboro. Jeff was the nicest ever! He was sooo detail oriented and even had me look up on my phone to make sure the Hello Kitty transfered perfectly to my foot. He sprayed the crap out of my feet with lydacane and honestly, I did not feel either of these tattoos. They turned out PERFECTLY. And... unlike my previous 2 tattoos, they were not raised. That means (if you didn't know this) they were done correctly. Tattoos are supposed to be smooth with your skin, not be like a raised welt.
I went back this week to have them touched up (foot tattoos are notorous for fading). He just re-outlined the star but Hello Kitty is still perfect. The pic above I took a couple minutes ago and as you can see after 7 months, Hello Kitty still looks good. I actually started a 2nd blog all about Hello Kitty's adventures lol! I keep forgetting to update it and more often than not pimp it out to get free CSN stuff (sorry!) but it is there if you want to see it (click to go to site):
Also, as you know, Maggie (miz, mizzy girl), my beloved kitty of 11 years is gone. I always called her my real-life hello kitty. So the HK tattoo is sort-of in tribute to her, too.
So that's the story of my 4 tattoos. I have technically gone to 5 artists (including the retouching). Shorty is by far the best in Richmond and Jeff Ketison is the best overall. I randomly had their cards in my wallet and have their info below if you want to contact either of them. I can vouch that they are wonderful, gentle, kind, and not creepers lol!
(click to make larger/get their info)
So... what's next? My sister and I have talked about getting a sister tatoo for years. We both have stars on our left feet, but we want something that we get together, that is the same. She always hand-draws her tats and I well.... use clip-art apparently lol! I'd also like to get some sort of Gavin tattoo.
Do you have any ink? Let me see! Or you can head on over to Mama and the Dudes to link up.