Monday, 20 January 2014

Touch-Up Done

Why do we get tattoos touched up? Because there's something that needs to be fixed! I would dare to say, even if it's my first tattoo, that it's not normal to come out of there with imperfections that didn't exist before...

Well, that's kind of what happened to me with my touch-up... I'm not upset though for multiple reasons.

Mainly because it's small things that don't show unless I put my knee up near my face to examine, so it won't show to others either... I would have liked a tattoo that was practically impeccable but this is life. Also, I got along really well with my tattoo artist and I really like him as a person and I know he didn't botch it, he just needs a bit more experience to tidy up these little things. Also, he worked with my idea and came up with a perfect design suited to me and I find the idea, placement and general look of it just perfect anyways.

Here it is 1 day post-touch up:


Looking pretty good, right?? The patchiness in the lighter red of the heart is gone (other than a little part in the bottom point which still looks a tiny bit patchy to me), the turquoise I wanted fixed is all good now too. The things that are not completely perfect that WERE before is two little parts of red that seem to fall outside the outline but can't be seen on this quality of picture... And same problem with some red in one of the leaves. 

A couple little things that were not perfect before but either can't be touched up or I didn't mention it out of not wanting to be too picky is a couple spots where the outline doesn't quite touch the other part of the outling perfectly, a line in one of the petals that can be noticed because the yellow is more intense in that part than the rest (or maybe the problem is that the yellow is not intense enough in the other parts of it), and a small black dot which is a mistake in the outline. 

Only a first time tattooed person would spend time thinking and writing about these unimportant things, but this is all I have to work with, I only have ONE tattoo! hahaha

Monday, 13 January 2014

Husband Hates Tattoos

How important is personal freedom and how important is maintaining the peace in a relationship? How much compromise should there be by a person when it comes to his or her own personal decisions that don't have any real impact on the other partner?!

My husband hates tattoos as I've mentioned before. Especially since it's for religious reasons, he feels like he has more than just the right to an opinion, he feels I have the obligation to listen to him. I tried telling him that this was important enough for me that I would get one someday and could not accept to have this choice taken away from me. I wanted him to at least accept the idea that I would get one so that from there we could discuss a possible design and placement and get to compromise. A smaller design than I would ideally want and a subtle placement. I didn't want to upset him but I didn't want to be controlled either.

After consideration on the above question, I guess my answer was that personal freedom is quite important (when it doesn't oppress others) and I decided to get my tattoo with no real consideration for him since he had no consideration for my position and my rights as an individual. It's pretty big (size of a palm) and though it's not visible on a day to day basis since I wear pants or capris, it IS visible if I'm standing before him naked. It's a heart with a flower in it, centred right above my left knee.

At this present moment, 6 weeks later, I still feel I made the right choice in putting myself first and doing what I wanted. I'm in love with my tattoo, I feel happy with what I got and where and I have no regrets. I was left feeling extremely guilty after I got it and for the 3 days it took for me to muster up the courage to tell my husband. A lot of it was fear at his reaction but some part of it was guilt at going behind his back - this is not exactly good in a marriage and it hurt the trust between us a little bit. I couldn't have done it otherwise though which is why I maintain that I have NO REGRETS. It just sucks to have been put in that position.

My husband seems to have accepted that I have this and that it's not going anywhere. He went through the stages of grief.

Denial:
- I need to tell you something. I got a tattoo.
- No you didn't...
- I did.
- No.... You didn't get one!
- But I did.

Anger:
- Your tattoo is disgusting, admit that you couldn't have chosen a more awful and hideous design and that it looks like shit!

Bargaining:
- I will pay for it, I don't care! But we will get the guy to colour it back to your skin colour!!
- You can't tattoo beige over these colours, it will not go back to regular skin.
- There are other ways, we will see professionals on removing this, however they do it! Whatever the cost!

Depression:
-OMG our marriage is over, I'm single again, her skin will always be coloured in that spot, I will never see beige above her left knee again, I can't believe this is happening!

Acceptance:
- OK, she's still the same person, I don't see the tattoo that often. I can get over this, life continues!





Thursday, 9 January 2014

Getting a Touch-Up on a New Tattoo

I got my tattoo about 6 weeks ago and I think I need a small touch up. I called and the tattoo artist who answered told me it's not a problem, their work is guaranteed and I just need to come in to book a time with my tattoo artist to fix the thing.

I guess I'm a perfectionist, I only have 1 tattoo and I want it to be just awesome. I was extremely careful during healing, following instructions with some small educated modifications (like not using polysporin multiple times a day but only once after day 1, for only a couple days). I washed it as recommended, moisturized it all the time, etc.

It healed beautifully!

The first thing I would like corrected is the "patchiness" of the red part of the heart, I feel I can see my skin colour through the red. Here's a picture where you should be able to see what I mean, but it is more pronounced in real life:



The second thing is 2 small spots in the turquoise that are skin-coloured. I remember one of them having what looked like a small pimple right after my tattoo session so it probably contributed to the ink not staying there. I think it was a razor-caused skin irritation. The second spot is on the other side of the flower where I was so much more sensitive overall, and it healed much slower than the rest of the tattoo. The skin was probably just weaker there or something.


In this picture, the turquoise bald spot can BARELY be seen because of the light reflexion, near the leaf on the left side, it's much brighter than the rest of the turquoise... In real life, it's skin coloured. 

I'll update after the fixes to let you guys know how it went :)