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Getting my First Tattoo: The Healing Process

On September 17th, my husband and I decided to go out and get our first tattoos! We’ve both been wanting one for a long time but never knew what we wanted to permanently place on our bodies. Tattoos are forever people! Finally we decided to go with a tattoo to symbolize our marriage and religion, all in one. Along with our love for a band that brought us together as husband and wife. Our anniversary was in October (Halloween to be exact) and he had a huge thing of change saved up ($500) and decided the tattoos would be our anniversary gift to each other. We got them in September that way they would be healed by the time Halloween/Stuannaween came around. While researching and watching videos on tattoos and healing processes, I noticed I couldn’t find any videos or articles showing pictures of every healing stage of a tattoo. So I thought I would document my tattoo healing process for those of you getting your first tattoo too. I know every tattoo artist/shop has their own healing directions, but this is just what my artist told me to do.

I apologize for any possible gross descriptions and pictures, this is the body doing what it does!

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What does your tattoo mean?

Let’s start with the symbol, it’s an upside down broken pentagram from a band called Oh, Sleeper who me and my husband enjoy very much. The broken pentagram symbolizes the cutting off of the devils horns and the line tattooed above “… I am Forever” is from the song called ‘The Finisher’ where the band says ‘I’ll cut off your horns’. My husband has ‘I am the Finisher’ tattooed on his chest, so I got the ‘I am Forever’ on my tattoo. As for the Eph 5:14, that’s the bible passage the band got their name from! If you choose to know the passage, you can view it here. Arise Oh, Sleeper was also a hymn that was sang at our wedding! The whole tattoo ties together and is everything I wanted. The font was chosen from dafont.com that seems to be the choice site for tattoo artists.

What did the tattoo feel like? Was it painful?

This was the question I asked everyone I knew that had a tattoo before I went under the needle. What does a tattoo feel like? Well, I wish I could give you an answer but the pain varied from where she was on my thigh. Everyone told me it felt like either someone snapping a rubber band on you or cat scratches. In my personal experience, it felt more like someone pinching me with their fingernails and pulling the skin.

Getting the tattoo wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. But remember, everyone’s pain tolerance is different and it depends on where you get the tattoo on your body. Since mine was on my thigh, there was a ton of meat and less bone so the pain was easily bearable. There were a few moments that I gritted my teeth and squeezed my eyes shut but for the most part it wasn’t too bad.

Would you get tattooed again?

Short answer: Yes!

Right when it was over, I honestly could have gone out for lunch and came back for another tattoo. Sadly, I’m poor and can’t spend all my money putting beautiful art on my body. I do have a few ideas for smaller tattoos that I want but I’m going to hold off for a year before jumping in again. I eventually want to get a quote in typewriter font, possibly a book related tattoo and in a few years, I plan on getting the Seal of Luther on my other thigh in color. I can see how tattoos become addicting…

Products I used to heal my tattoo along with the tattoo shops recommended healing process:

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The Healing Process

Day 1: The tattoo wasn’t too painful since it’s on my thigh, but there were some spots that hurt really bad! Towards my inner thigh and the bottom of the tattoo where she got closer to bone and my skin pulled more. A clear wrap was placed over it and I was told to wear it for two days to keep all the blood and other bodily fluids in. I compared what it looked like to a package of ground beef with the blood at the bottom (gross I know!)

 

 

 

 

 

Night 1: More blood filled the surrounding area. Not too much but just enough. The next morning I actually changed the bandage because there was too much fluid in it. The tattoo artist recommends doing that in the shower but I recommend starting to pull the bandage off out of the shower. I personally got a bit woozy and had to sit down. Ripping a bandage off hurts! Possibly more than the tattoo!

 

 

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Night 3: I took my second bandage off and this is the picture after washing it in the shower. No unscented lotion yet. Tattoo area was very tender but there wasn’t any more bodily fluid coming out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5: A bit of redness, pain is very minimal. Color is starting to be lighter due to the healing process. I started using lotion the morning of day four and it eases the itch a little bit. I’ve been wearing dresses/skirts all week to work in order to not agitate the tattoo. img_5236Making sure to protect it at home when I’m around my cats! A slight scab is starting, so I’m assuming my body is trying to heal. The skin under the tattoo is (as best as I can describe it) perked up in that area.

Minimal peeling began in the afternoon so I rubbed more lotion on it. You can see some of the little black flakes. They came off once I washed it that night.

 

 

Day 6-8:

My tattoo began to itch a ton so I just started putting lotion on it whenever it was
unbearable. When washed in the shower, more of the scabunnamed-1 fell off until there were just a few pieces left. The tattoo had some grey on the side, but brightened up once the lotion was applied.

 

Day 9:

No more scabs! The tattoo is pretty much healed but I’ll be staying away from swimming and soaking it for a few more weeks just to be safe. I love my tattoo! There’s still comes flaking around the tattoo, so I just apply more lotion to it. unnamed

 

 

 

 

Book Tag Tuesday: Book Savenger Tag

Book Tag Tuesday here again! As always, I’m never actually tagged in these, I just find one that seems interesting to me. If you have a book tag that you want me to do, let me know or tag me! All of the covers are the ones I actually have. Enjoy! -Breanna

  • Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it: Zac & Mia by AJ Betts, one of my favorite books by the way. 413L0hGv36L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Find a classic: I’m going to go with the current classic I’m reading, which it Peter and Wendy! I’m half way through and loving it. 250px-PeterAndWendy
  • Find a book with a key on it: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. It was actually the only Dessen book that I’ve read and didn’t like. lock and key.jpg
  • Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book: I’m going to go with my adorable cat mug on my ‘favorites’ shelf! It’s super cute and I found it for less than $1, I keep pens in it because I don’t like drinking coffee or tea. image1 (1).jpg
  • Find the oldest book on your shelf: Geez, probably my old nursing rhyme book that I can’t find a cover for online.
  • Find a book with a girl on the cover: That’s easy because almost every book I have has a female on it. I’ll choose to use Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Clause blood and.jpg
  • Find a book with a boy on the cover: Take me There by Susane Colasanti 2085319
  • Find a book that has an animal in it: Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley, so many cats!! lost at sea
  • Find a book with a male protagonist: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin 51+pPBSHilL._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
  • Find a book with only words on it: When We Collided by Emery Lord, I haven’t read this one just yet! But I do own it! untitled
  • Find a book with illustrations in it: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, a book I purchased a long time ago, but didn’t read because I ended up not liking the illustrations. why we broke up.jpg
  • Find a book with gold lettering: Yellow and gold are almost the same color… My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 12294652.jpg
  • Find a diary (true or false): Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, one of my least favorite books, yet there are two copies on my shelf. I have the movie cover copy and the original greenish yellow background copy. perks.jpg
  • Find a book written by someone with a common name (like smith): The Fault in our Stars by John Green 9780525426349.jpg
  • Find a book that has a close up of something on it: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James,  it’s embarrassing but I do own the whole series. FIFTY.jpg
  • Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period: The Bible. Boom. Win. This is the actual bible I have and it’s gorgeous. My husband bought it for me for Christmas our second year together. Here’s a link if you want to check it out. 41yhrEi-mRL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Find a hardcover book without a jacket: I have all my dust jackets on :p No naked books for me!
  • Find a teal/turquoise colored book: Where She Went by Gayle Forman where
  • Find a book with stars on it: I don’t have any books with stars on them!!! What?!
  • Find a non YA book: Can I Say by Travis Barker 51YFQa3pC1L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
  • Find the longest book you own: Probably my bible that I mentioned earlier.
  • Find the shortest book you own: My small catechism, it’s only ten pages.
  • Find a book with multiple PoVs: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvatershiver.jpg
  • Find a shiny book: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, the words on this book are super shiny! summer.jpg
  • Find a book with flowers on it: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, has one flower on it, that counts right? forever.jpg

 

 

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