Friday, June 01, 2007

My Tattoo Experience ~ Updated Now With Photos!!!

Last night I went and got my tattoo. It looks awesome and I was going to show you photos of it today. Me, being the genius that I am, forgot my camera at my friends house. Devon was over there while I was getting inked so when I went back I showed them the photos that Funny Girl had taken during the process.

Rico, my friend, started taking photos all over the place and by the time that I left, I totally forgot that my camera wasn't in my purse anymore. I will be going over there some time today to get my camera so as soon as I do, I will be updating this entry to show you the photos. But for now I will tell you about the experience.

Funny Girl and I arrived at Mos Eisley's around 6:20 for my 6:30 appointment. We walked into the shop and it has a very cool vibe. Old hardwood floors, a counter that has a distressed, chic style and a row of low slung leather chairs. Along the walls are skateboard designs that the artists have created that you can buy and at the top of a 3/4 wall are masses of trophies that the guys that work there have won.

There are all types of people that are working here at Mos Eisley's. Most of the guys have a multitude of tattoos and those large plugs in their ears and the one woman that we saw had them as well. Everyone is laid back and there isn't any drama.

Gareth, my tattooist, comes out and meets me and we discuss the placement and size of my tattoo. He goes back to get everything all set up and then invites Funny Girl and I back into his space. Funny Girl decides that she likes him on the spot because he has a Thundercats tattoo on his calf. Later we find out that it was the first tattoo that he ever did.

The shop doesn't have an open area where everyone gets tattooed in view of everyone else. I walk into a small room with 3/4 high walls that has a dentist-looking chair, a pedestal sink, a few cool posters, a couple of bookcases, the light and stool for Gareth and a few other folding chairs that observers can sit in.

It took two tries for the tattoo to be placed properly on my back but then we were ready to go.
Gareth starts at the bottom of the tattoo and I hardly feel anything. I think to myself that this isn't going to be bad at all and for the most part it was fine. By the end it was hurting quite a bit, but not enough that I had to ask him to stop. I just gritted my teeth and would say "unicorns & rainbows" trying to think of nice, non-painful things.

During the tattooing, Gareth, Funny Girl and I had the best conversations. Gareth has a Bachelor's degree in History and Religious studies and we talked about all kids of things from the issues with the U.S. in the Middle East and oil to my growing up in the Mormon faith.

I asked his honest opinion about the tattoo that I had chosen and he said that it was the best faith based tattoo that he has ever seen. He had seen it tattooed on a couple of other people and I personally had seen one other person with it. It isn't very common though, which I was happy to hear.

After we were done I paid. He only charged me $120 which I thought was too little so I gave him an extra $30.00. I think that he was surprised that I was willing to pay more than I was quoted. He thanked me and then we discussed caring for the tattoo and we went outside and chatted for a few more minutes and then Funny Girl and I left.

I have had no bleeding and very little pain and I am extremely pleased with the result.
This is the transfer of the photo on my back before the tattooing began.
The tattooing has begun.

Partway done. Gareth had to take a break so we got a good photo of the work in progress. You can see that the outline is done and some coloring is completed but still a ways to go as Gareth used a fine gauge needle.

Me and Gareth after the tattoo is complete. He was such a cool guy to talk to and did a fantastic job on the tattoo.

Here is the tattoo as of this afternoon. You can still see some redness but the image is very clean.


Skyzi said...

Can't wait for the pics!

Babybull40 said...

get the pics already ..I would love to see how it turned out.. it sounds like a very nice experience..

laughingattheslut said...

I forgot the camera when we got married. It happens.

Churlita said...

It sounds like a great experience. I have a lot of friends who are tattoo artists, and they are some of the most interesting people I know.

mielikki said...

thats a cool tattoo story. Gareth sounds like the kind of guy I would want to ink me. One that could distract me!

egan said...

Yeah, you got it. I bet it looks awesome, but we'll have to wait until you upload the photo. Don't keep us waiting too long. You're brave.

mielikki said...

it turned out very nice, Rachel! He did a great job

Sizzle said...

it looks great!

l.b. said...

Looks great, Rachel. I think it is an unusual design and you can either show it off or cover it up. And Gareth sounds awesome.

Philip. said...

Great tattoo!!

It looks like it was pretty painful though - OW! :-)

David in DC said...

The tattoo looks AWESOME.

dmarks said...

Nice tatt!

Churlita said...

I love the photos!

reformattingmybrain said...

That looks great Rachel! Seems like that would be a tender spot to have done. You're braver than me :-)

Babybull40 said...

Love the updated pictures.. That's gotta hurt though.. How long did it take?..Nicely done..

Skyzi said...

Looks even better than the original drawing!

Rachel said...

Skyzi~ They are here now!!

Babybull ~ It was really nice. A bit painful, but nice.

Laughing ~ I remember to bring it, jut forgot to take it home.

Churlita ~ Gareth was hella cool. It was the best conversation that I have had with a man in a LONG time.

Mielikki ~ Seriously, he was so cool and funny. Totally kept a running conversation going to distract me.

Egan ~ I am not brave, you running the Iron Man is brave.

Mielikki ~ I love it. It looks really sharp.

Sizzle ~ Thanks!

l.b. ~ That is why I got it where I did. I wanted it to be covered at work.

Philip. ~ Thanks. It was not bad at all to begin with but towards the end I was hurtin a bit. After it was done it was really hot, like I had a sunburn.

David in D.C. ~ Thanks! Even overlooking the symbolism, it is just a kick ass tattoo.

dmarks ~ thanks!

Churlita ~ Thanks!

reformat ~ It wasn't a bad spot. The top of your foot and ribs are more sensitive.

babybull40 ~ It took about 1 - 1½ hours because he used a really fine needle. It hurt a bit, but not bad.

Tara said...

Love that tattoo design!

egan said...

Ouchhhhhhhhhhhh. I'm such a wimp. Looks great though.

Eric said...

I always wanted to a tatoo but I doubt I could ever decide on what to get, so I doubt it will ever happen. Yours looks pretty cool though, congrats.

Rachel said...

Tara ~ Thanks, I found it in the church bulletin. It is the logo for the High School ministries.

Egan ~ It didn't hurt except for towards the very end. I think it was worth the 15 minutes of moderate pain that I endured.

Eric ~ I have two tattoos now. The first one I have is Flounder from Little Mermaid. I have had it about 7 years. I don't really think much about it because it is such a part of me now.

evil-e said...

Me and my nice legs think you got some quality work done. Looks like Garreth of Mos Eisley (great name for a tattoo parlor) does strong work. Thanks for the pictures, I like watching people get ink done.

ChickyBabe said...

Nice design. You're very brave. I feel the pain just by looking at it!

The Furtive Wangler said...

Cool tat, glad it was a good experience for you.

Freckle Face Girl said...

It is bigger than I imagined. It also looks a bit painful. Ouch!