I did a post a while back about the millennials’ view on tattoos.
A couple weeks back I got a first hand look into the world of tattooing. I can’t say I wasn’t nervous; tattoos are for life so naturally I want each detail of the design needs to be exact.
For me the scariest part of getting my tattoo was right before the artist stuck me for the first time. I had no idea what it would feel like or how much it would hurt. The surprise came from how benign it was. It was like waiting for someone to slap you, and when the slap finally comes it hurts nothing like you imagine.
Getting a tattoo feels like being scratched with a paperclip over and over again. Though admittedly the pain grew worse latter on
When my art was finally done I took a look in the mirror. What I saw was my family crest.
I can’t speek for the motives of others, but my tattoo was was personal, not decorative (well not completely). When I got home I remember staring at it in the mirror, chest swelling with pride. There is something different about me, subtle as it may be. I love it like you might love your favorite pair of jeans, though I never have to take it off.
Ultimately tattoos are a form of art and expression. Usually (not always) they’re meant to be seen by others. Many get tattooed to be hip or rebellious. I can’t say neither played a role in my decision. It was a combination of significance and the hiply rebellious way I show it off.
I had heard storie about how addictive tattoos are. I experienced euphoria after I was inked. I’m not a doctor but the best I can figure this is the body’s reaction to a painful experience. However, I don’t think getting high off tattooing is what brings people back. I have not had mine very long but I can already feel myself wanting another.
Now that I have joined the club of the tattooed I feel like I have a sense of camaraderie with perfect strangers who share membership. My tattoo represents my connection to my family and my Welsh heritage. It also represents the choice I made in how to express it. There are other ways to demonstrate this than tattooing but this is the one I chose.