My First Tattoo

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My First Tattoo

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February second was my eighteenth birthday, so as many do, I decided that I wanted to get a tattoo. I didn’t decide to do this on a whim; I’d been thinking about getting this tattoo for about a year and a half. For quite a while I knew that this was something I wanted to do on my eighteenth birthday. When the day was about a month away, I decided to change the tattoo I wanted. I originally wanted a bouquet of flowers, but I switched it and that was a very good decision on my part. I love my tattoo and I think it’s really pretty.

As the day grew closer, I was getting more and more nervous. I was really starting to anticipate the pain. The fact that the ink was going to be on my body for the rest of my life was also really starting to sink in. The night before my birthday I barely got any sleep because I was so nervous. I do not do well with pain.

My birthday arrived and I was ready. We walked into Masterwork Tattoo in Indy and the guy, Jacob Brian, was very nice. He asked me what I wanted, where I wanted it, and how big I wanted it to be. He told us how much it would be and began drawing it. He took me to the back of the shop and began. Right before Brian started, he asked if I was ready, I said yes, and he began tattooing my right arm.

The whole time I had my sister talk to me and distract me. She talked to me about China (where she’s moving to), her job, and anything else she could think of. I was really grateful that she did this especially since she has a huge fear of needles. Having her talk to me was a very good idea as getting the tattoo was more painful than I thought it would be. I had heard that it’s like getting a bunch of small shots, so that’s what I expected. At first it was, but when he began tattooing the more sensitive parts of my arm, it was very, very painful. Every so often Brian would stop and ask if I was doing okay or needed a break. I really appreciated that. It was over before I knew it, only lasting about 30 minutes.

I looked in the mirror and I instantly loved it. It was strange seeing the tattoo there at first, but it’s been a couple days and I’m already used to it. I love the style of my tattoo and the placement. It’s so pretty and perfect for me.

My tattoo does have meaning; here’s the story. One day about a year and a half ago I was scrolling through Pinterest and found this poem called “Wildflowers” by Julie Andrews. To sum it up, the poem is about how wildflowers are brave, strong, and beautiful all at once. Although they look delicate and beautiful, they withstand storms. I have severe anxiety and this poem related to me in that sense. Although sometimes life is hard, can be really scary, and hard to pick yourself back up again, I can do it. I can live with this mental illness that holds me back a lot of the time and still be worthwhile. All I have to do is look down at my arm and I am reminded that I can take on anything life throws at me.

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