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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

 

 

 

 

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Maria Brink & the Blood Girls

Is the title of this post a bit harsh? Maybe just a little. For a few years now, I’ve loved a band called In This Moment, I loved them mainly because their lead singer is a kickass female. I’ve looked up to Maria Brink because of her kindness, beauty and thick-skin when it comes to the backlash she gets from other metal heads regarding her femininity. She’s even wrote a few songs about it (Sex Metal Barbie, sticks out the most).in-this-moment-80

I’ve seen them live twice now though, and I’m not impressed. Many complained about Maria Brink’s stage presence from the beginning. I thought it was a bunch of talk, so I had to see for myself. The first time I was supposed to see her, she had to cancel her performance because of illness (no biggie, everyone gets sick). She rescheduled and when she came back I was so excited!

The excitement went away after 3 or 4 songs.

Why you ask? Costumes changes, back up dancers, and pushing the band behind curtains pretty much. Maria Brink has an amazing voice, whether on album or live but things need to change. She did a costume change after every song, which was cool because the outfits were amazing and matched the music videos, but that took away from the concert vibe. Instead of changing every time, we could have had about three more songs. Her back up dancers, aka, the blood girls, also had to change after every song and it can’t be easy getting in and out of those tight costumes. I don’t even understand why she has the blood girls outside of her music videos, they aren’t in the band! They literally take up space that can be used for the rest of the band. My first time seeing ITM, I couldn’t even see the band because they were hidden behind props.

I thought for sure that Maria Brink would redeem herself the second time around during the Rob Zombie ‘Return of the Dreads’ Tour. Everyone around me was excited, and walking about how this was their first time seeing her, not the band, her… Maria Brink.

Still, she still changed after every song, she still had the blood girls. The only thing that changed was the band was able to actually move around and rock out. I only give the venue credit for that because it was a larger stage.ITM%20SMB%20Band%20Approved

I hate that Maria Brink thinks she needs to oversexualize herself with the blood girls and her costumes. She’s a badass metal babe, we get it. I hate that any girl in a metal band has to dress skimpy in order to be accepted (ex. Butcher Babies, I love them though. They got so much bigger, they don’t need to go topless to get a crowd now).

I’m just so tired of everyone literally putting Brink on a pedestal and not realizing the talent of the rest of the band. You know things aren’t going well with a band when a member leaves due to “creative and artistic unhappiness.”

I honestly don’t see this band as a whole existing for too much longer, not because they aren’t good, but because the band as a whole seems to not be important. I’m waiting to hear that Brink is finally ready to go solo with the blood girls.

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