I absolutely *love* tattoos. You would think by me saying this, I would have more than one, right? Well, I don't....yet! I plan on getting more, I just don't know when. I got this one back in June of 2004. After lots of recommendations from friends, David and I went to The Ink Lab in Minneapolis. We walked in and Niel helped us out. He sat down and talked to us about what we wanted (we were each getting our first tattoo that day) While Niel sketched out David's letters that he wanted (he came in knowing what he wanted done) I sat and looked through the books to see if I could find something. Nothing. I was bummed. Niel told me they had some files of art, too, if I wanted to look through those. Sure, why not?! I looked through everything and didn't see anything. I was looking for something that had a moon or stars...wasn't sure what, but something along those lines. I was looking through the folder of fonts (who knows why) and there was a little drawing of a moon and star together with some twinkle stars. That was it! That's what I wanted! I showed it to Niel, he enlarged it, drew some more 'dust' around it, asked how many stars I wanted and drew them and then we got started! I chose 6 stars. One for each of my siblings. The two yellowish orange ones for my brothers and the red ones for my sisters.
He had to stop about halfway through it. i thought I was going to pass out, was super sweaty and then I thought I was going to puke. I went to the bathroom and stood there for a minute. No puke! YAY! I went back in, the sweating stopped, he resumed. The most annoying/painful part of it was when he was doing the dust. Since he would just sit there with the needle on my skin, roll it in a little circle and then do it again. When he was done, I was so excited to see it! I looked at it and fell in love with it immediately! I was ready for another one!
I plan on getting this one touched up and I also want to get some more dust added to the right side of it. When I look at it in pictures or just in the mirror, it really irritates me that the right side doesn't come to a point like the left side does. Yep, I'm pretty anal about it...
I was going to get a second tattoo twice, but one of the times, the timing just didn't seem right and the second time, well, I was pregnant - so I couldn't. My next one will definitely be on my foot. I know that for sure. For clarification: not my ankle, the top of my foot! It will probably be a flower or something cute. Not really sure, but that's where it will be.
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Thanks for doing this Missy. It was fun!