Ooops – I Did it Again

The idea started working its way into my head a few months ago.  I wanted another tattoo.  One I could see this time.  So often, my girls would come in my room while I was changing and announce, “I forgot you have a tattoo!” – so did I.  I love it.  But it’s not where I can see it all the time.  Probably not the best choice.  I don’t know why I really wanted another one, but I did.  No images to it or anything, just decoration.  I know that probably sounds strange.  I wanted something to wrap around my ankle (like an ankle bracelet), and perhaps drop down onto my foot.  So I started browsing the web.  I found several I liked, but I didn’t want it to look too “girlie”.  No flowers, no hearts, no butterflies.  I found that I really love tribal tattoos.  But yet I wanted mine to be somewhat feminine.  So the search continued.  Until last week, when I decided to cut and paste photos together to create what it was I wanted.  I figured, if I can’t find what I want, I’ll just make it.  Then I made an appointment with Teddy – he did my husband’s last tattoo and my friend Tina’s last tattoo.  I like his work.

Teddy took my idea (it was after all, just a general idea) and turned it into something I liked.  But then reality started sinking in.  Pain.  I’ve heard the foot is way more painful than most places.  So I determined the ankle part meant more to me than having it run down onto my foot.  I suggested we work on the ankle first, so that if I couldn’t take the pain, we could stop there.

Yep, the foot/ankle area is WAY more painful than the shoulder blade.  I can’t even describe it.  Maybe the word excruciating comes to mind.  Especially when the design would find it’s way directly on my ankle bones.  It felt sort of like I was having my foot sawed off of my leg. Actually, that may have felt better and would have been faster.  What the hell was I thinking?  But I was committed.  I just had to get through it, and I did.

When the ankle was finished, so was I.  There was no way I was going to move on to the foot.  Besides, what we did do had already taken two hours.  I can’t imagine people who sit for several hours at a time to get some massive tattoo.  I had already determined this is it for me.  NO more.  This was enough pain for me.  Tina and I went to dinner then I hobbled home.

Today, it doesn’t feel any worse than a scrape on the leg.  Amazing how quick the body adjusts.  I swore yesterday, the idea of the foot was out. Too painful.  But I can’t help but feel that it isn’t finished…..


Update:  I did finish it.  🙂  And yes, the touchup was just as painful if not more so than the initial tattoo.  So glad that’s over!

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4 comments on “Ooops – I Did it Again

  1. Pingback: A Kid-Cation | My Inspirations

  2. You have to be very careful to keep a foot tattoo clean and sterile — which can be a drawback, especially if you work at a job that requires you to wear closed shoes.

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