1.14.2014

Getting A Tattoo: Living In Yellow Style

As you may recall from an entire day ago, I got a tattoo over the weekend. A few of you have asked some questions, so I figured I would run through the whole process and things you need to know when getting some ink engraved on your skin for forever. These are all VERY SERIOUS and need to be taken that way. There is no room for sarcasm when making a decision that will impact you for the rest of your life. 

1. THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT. Remember, whatever you choose will stay with you the rest of your life. Based on my personal experience, I would allow at least three hours to really think about what you want. I understand that this three hours may feel like eternity but again, you have to be sure. If you can't be sure about something in three hours than it's not for you. 

2. CHOOSE THE TATTOO PARLOR THAT IS CLOSEST TO YOUR PHONE WHEN TURNING ON GOOGLE MAPS. I understand that reviews are important, but so is your time. Unfortunately for me, the first place I drove to was closed. Even more unfortunately for me, the second place was too busy. However, you know what they say--third times a charm. So the tattoo parlor may have an overall Google rating of 2.4 out of 5.0, but guess what? It's only 4.2 miles from where you are at. Be logical, go there. 

3. ASK A BILLION AND MORE QUESTIONS. In fact, ask so many questions that the tattoo artist suggests you should change your tattoo idea from "be still" to "freakin relax". I did think long and hard about the recommended switch but decided "freakin relax" may be too long for my wrist. At least I know what I'll be getting next..
4. TAKE A SHOT (OR TWO) BEFORE GETTING YOUR TATTOO. This is especially encouraged right before getting a bible verse engraved on your wrist. 
5. CHOOSE YOUR TATTOO ARTIST SOLELY ON HIS NAME. Mine happened to be Ryan Reynolds. Are you ever going to turn down Ryan Reynolds when he wants to give you a tattoo? Exactly. Ink that ish up! 
5.5. DON'T READ THE FINE PRINT. IT WILL PROBABLY TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE GOING TO DIE OF SOME TERRIBLE BACTERIAL INFECTION. JUST SIGN AND MOVE ON. 
6. DURING THE PROCESS OF THE TATTOO, DO NOT DISTRACT YOUR ARTIST AT ALL AND REMAIN VERY  SERIOUS. WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T ACT LIKE YOU ARE EATING HIS HEAD. 
7. BRING A FRIEND TO HOLD YOUR HAND. You will think that you are going to kick, cry, scream, and throw a tantrum like a two year old in line at Target the minute the needle hits your skin. Having this moral support by your side will be beneficial for that moment when you realize it didn't hurt bad at all, providing a great dance partner for when it's all said and done. 
8. DANCE THE MINUTE IT'S OVER. Your tattoo artist will be so fascinated with your killer 1980's dance moves, he may even exclaim something like "get it giiiiirrrrl". To which I reply, oh I got it boy. 
9. THE MINUTE AFTER YOU DANCE, ASK RYAN REYNOLDS IF YOU CAN DISPLAY HIM ON THE BLOG. He will say yes. 
10. AFTER IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE, CELEBRATE WITH A STIFF VODKA WATER. At this point in time you will realize what you have just done with your life and will also realize that you are no longer the wimpy kid on the playground but the rebel who pounds other kids heads into the cement. Except don't actually pound any heads in the cement, just smile and smirk to yourself delighting in all of your rebel attributes.
And there you have it, the in's and out's of getting a tattoo. To summarize all of the above, it did not hurt nearly as bad as I thought it would. No flinches, no tears, just a few "okay yeah, I feel thats..". The total tattoo process took a total of maybe 8 minutes. No, Shawn does not have a tattoo nor did he care in the slightest that I was getting one as he is a very much "do what you want, it's your body" type of a person. Oh and yes, four days later and I still love it. Good thing since it's kinda permanent and all. 
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50 comments:

  1. I actually love this post. That is all.

    Natasha @ 1brokegirl-tash.blogspot.com

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  2. It's a shame Ryan Reynolds can't use apostrophes. Can't win em all, I guess.

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    1. I was just going to say, if he's grammatically challenged in a photo book, do you really want him inking something permanent on your arm?!?!

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    2. I noticed that right away too!!! BUT GUYS! It's Ryan Reynolds!

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  3. Saw your tattoo on Instagram & love it! I have one on my back that I got when I was 18 & would like to get another one soon, yes shots & a bringing a friend help a lot! :)

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  4. My tattoo experience was nothing like yours! I didn't dance and I definitely didn't have Ryan Reynolds tattoo me. I'm jealous now.

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  5. I love yours! I have 2 tattoos, and one is Isaiah 41:10. Yours is so pretty!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  6. you crack me up. This is essentially what my best friend and I did when we got our first tats.

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  7. Love that you did shots before getting a bible verse! HA! Glad you still like it too! I do love it!

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  8. Glad you had a great time!! I love the meaning! :)

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  9. Haha! Love that you did shots before getting a Bible verse tattoo. I should've done that too! (Except that I was only 19 when I got my Jesus tattoo. Wah Wah) Be careful though, now you'll be craving more lol

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  10. I love this post :D I really want to get a tattoo on my wrist.. but I have no clue what I want next.

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  11. Haha, love this! I have a tattoo and I'm hopefully getting my next soon. They're addicting!

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  12. I love this! I thought about getting my tattoo for like 4 years before I got mine! It never even crossed my mind to drink before AND after getting it! Congrats and welcome to the club :)

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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  13. so funny! glad you like it still, love the idea of the verse.

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  14. This is amazing! Best tattoo advice, ever.

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  15. I just love you. You always will make me laugh! :)

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  16. hah love it! One of these days, I'll be getting a tattoo. I hope.

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  17. I have 2, one is about 19 years old, yup I was a baby when I got it, and the other is about 14. I still love them both. No regrets!!

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  18. This was so cute! Love the tattoo and what it means to you, as well as the (always) hilarious take on getting it. Don't tempt me to get one, Erin!

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  19. Ha this is great! Both of my tattoos were thought about for a really long time and have a strong meaning behind them. One of my tattoos is a matching one that my mom and grandma also have and I love the tattoo just because of this connection.

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  20. This is hilarious! I've been thinking about my tattoo for YEARS now. And I told myself if I don't get it by this birthday (June) I have to stop thinking about it. I know what I'm going to get... I just can't get up the courage. Promise it didn't hurt?

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  21. Erin.....you are not supposed to drink before a tattoo....dork.

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  22. The best tattoo post I've ever read. You go, Glen Coco.

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  23. Perfect tattoo post! Got my last tattoo in the same spot you did. Love it!

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  24. lol to this post, I cannot believe his name was Ryan Reynolds.

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  25. Shots are absolutely the most important part of these perfectly accurate steps to getting a tattoo, followed by the impromptu, but very necessary, happy dance finale.

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  26. this entire post had be giggling...so funny and cute!

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  27. I loved this post! so fun to read. Now I'll know what to do if I ever get a tattoo hahahaha

    Maria x

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  28. I love this. I have three tattoos and now am craving another one. You should have added under #5, choose the tattoo artist based on number of typos in his portfolio book - it should read Tattoos by Ryan Reynolds not Tattoo's!

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  29. Your three hours comment made me laugh. I've given myself 3 months if I still want it then I will get it type deal. So far I haven't had another tattoo since I was 21 years old (my first was at age 18). Needless to say I hate all but one of my tattoos. I'm currently contemplating getting them removed, SO I can get one that I truly love. But I'm so fickle, I won't do either of the above :)

    I love your ink it's simple, classy, beautiful and has a wonderful meaning!!! ox

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  30. Haha love this! Especially the mandatory shots before inking a bible verse on your body ;)

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  31. haha omg that's awesome. i don't think i will ever get one, but more power to you if you do!

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  32. SO hilarious! Love this and love that you got a tattoo-- where's the pic of the final product though silly?! :)

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  33. Love the tattoo! Did you know it's the same one Glennon from Momastery has? I know you love her too so thought that was a cool connection! And even more, I love that you have that reminder to look up every single time you look down!

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  34. holding hands....so that's what was supposed to happen. I'll have to remember that next time...is your hand available this year? oh okay, that sounded creepy...lol

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  35. OMG this was hilarious! Your tattoo story is way more entertaining than mine. I totally should have taken a shot before going. Although I did have a friend by my side and she showed me pictures of cats to distract me during the first one.

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  36. you and glennon, but I'm sure you already knew that!

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  37. Omg this was the best post! Made me laugh so much and now I really want to get a tattoo!!!

    http://tropicalcolours.blogspot.com.au/

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  38. haha great tips! I got a random tattoo when I was 20. I definitely didn't overthink it and don't regret it so I guess things worked out!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  39. Love this! I'm planning on getting one for some unknown graduate school milestone. Being done with cumulative exams maybe? Thanks for the super awesome tips! Alcohol will be involved!

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  40. It looks and sounds like you handled it like a champ.

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  41. Haha!! Congrats on your tattoo!! I heard drinking before is really dangerous, though and causes lots of bleeding. But that might just apply if you're trashed, haha. I have 3 tattoos. Love them all! :)

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

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  42. When you have an unwanted tatoo with the ex girl or boy name for example, the main safe solution for clear this from the skin is the Laser tattoo removal delhi strategy.

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)