Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Stretched Lobes

I love the look of stretched earlobes with nice jewelry in it, and personally I don't hate the look of a healthy naked stretched lobe where you can see through it. It's a little less "cool" when the lobe is unhealthy or too thin though, gotta say.

I decided to stretch my ears in March or April and got myself a kit with sizes 14g to 00g with tapers and did my first stretch early April (14g). It was a weird feeling with a little bit of tingling heat when I put in my 14g tunnels.

I've been a little bit impatient since, sizing up to 12g after 1 week, 10g after 1 week and 8g after another week. They were easy stretches though that just slid right in mostly and I was able to remove the tunnels to clean them in depth almost right away without any issues putting them back in (no real need for tapers).

Going to 6g though... a different story! I knew that 1 week between stretches was not ideal and normal but again, in my impatience to get this done, I tried after about 2 weeks. It was not going in at all -- AT ALL. I decided to try and stretch it little by little with the taper every couple days from the back and the front without going all the way through, to hopefully loosen it up. After nearl 1 month at 8g, I pushed a little harder and got the taper fully through... But seriously, it was not painless- it was not just a slight tingling and it was a MISTAKE!

My secound ear was more stubborn and I felt the need to get that one done too at the very same time, so I pushed quite hard to get the taper through and it hurt... I slept with the tapers in that night because I was sure I wouldn't be able to get the tunnels in because of how tight it still was... The next morning, I got the tunnels in just fine, but there was a burning sensation and throbbing, and it was still present a couple days later... Proof that this was seriously not a good idea!!

I noticed that one ear was emitting clear fluid and I decided to sanitize it and there was actual blood. THAT was it for that ear and I downsized back to 8g which is where it's at now. The other ear feels good at 6g about 2 weeks later but I have no plans on trying to shove 4g in there, none AT ALL for a while. If close to a month was not enough last time, then I'm not even thinking about it until both ears have been at 6g for a month and a half... I will wait until my smaller ear can take 6g without the taper before starting the "countdown".

People, be careful about your stretching and see it as a lifelong investment! If you want to be able to wear your ears naked and look good (which you no doubt will do at some point if you keep them for years and years), you need to take it slow. Good luck!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Peace and Love

Another idea I have is to get a design on my other thigh to signify "peace" to get a "peace and love" meaning them together. I found a design I love so much by Sam Phillips.

I'm looking at this image a lot to figure out if I really love it that much or not. What I love is the face and how serene it is. I definitely like the crown, but it's not necessarily a must-have in the design for me. I feel like the dove is falling though, which I'm not sure how I feel about. I think I might prefer it to be changed to a more flying style, but then again, there's something about the bird free-falling so peacefully and confidently! It's crazy how much I like this design. Normally I'm all over the place, but this one nails it even in the colours used which are my two faves.

BUT I've been seeing this beautiful blue that I think goes so well with the colours in my heart tattoo. Not in a matching way AT ALL, in fact maybe it clashes somehow but it's just gorgeous. Here is a tattoo that has this blue colour. Maybe it's also just because this tattoo is amazing. I'm not even interested in lanterns  but the colours!!! wow. It just looks so good!

Back to this Sam Phillips design... I kind of feel like the best thing is to work with the tattoo artist to design a tattoo and get it just right. The artist will prefer to tattoo his own work, and probably does a good job at something that is his, you know? If I get a dove, I will definitely modify this image (the wings and possibly position of the dove, likely the colour, the crown might go or be replaced with a different design, I'd want to add a peace sign subtly somehow into the design). I wouldn't deny being inspired by his artwork but I wouldn't get tattooed the exact thing.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Next Tattoo

I've officially got tattoo fever... I talked to my husband about it to find out which placement of the ones I had in mind would bother him less. At that point I had 3 main ideas.

1) Some flowers on my shoulder area (on my back) with a small bee, something that I could eventually add to and get the front-shoulder flower I've been wanting for a long time. I just wanted to get the style and colours right before I went for such a visible tattoo, and the back part of the shoulder would've been good for that because if it wasn't perfect, I wouldn't see it all that often myself. I was going with the idea of muted colours like you see here:

2) Foot tattoo, one of them to begin with. A flower, probably a rose, in the same type of style that you see in the above picture, taking up a good portion of the foot. This would be with the idea of adding the other foot eventually, perhaps a different colour, perhaps one for mom, one for dad... OR the flower with somehow added in, my dog's silver bone tag and maybe another tag with 93-08, the years she was alive. Something filling the foot like this does:

3) *Something* near my existing tattoo. What I really really want someday, and it could be on the other thigh, is a portrait of my dog in b&g but with a coloured border and some interest... But that is too big for my husband to accept right now... The idea to do something here is because this placement might bother him less since there's already something there. So my idea is a bee right above the heart I already have, which is a concept I've wanted for a while. Originally I wanted a bee with a heart in it, to mean, "Be love" as well as being a bee which I like both visually and for real, and cute which I want in my tattoos. Now that I have a heart, I would just get the bee in the style that I want, and the "love" is already just below! These two are my favourites inspirations:

Turns out my husband is most accepting of getting a tattoo near my other one, so a bee it is! I will let the idea simmer for a few weeks and go from there :)

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Current Ideas

I got my first tattoo almost a year and a half ago and I am ITCHING for another one! I feel a bit held back by my husband hating tattoos because out of respect I'm avoiding very visible spots that will make him upset or angry, and avoiding big pi├Ęces overall too... Still, I need to do what I want and I can't just not get a tattoo because of him. It will just be smaller and more discreet than I might otherwise choose. Little by little I hope he'll become more open because I still want a sleave and a whole bunch of others!

What I currently have as ideas for my next tattoo. I promised my husband the next would be smaller than my first one and I wouldn't add bigger than that size per year. Those are the promises I made.

  • Small yin yang on side-heel area. Probably with two other symbols, one on top of the other with the yin yang in the middle. Either two opposite triangles or a moon and sun.
  • Crescent moon middle upper back. Not sure what kind of design I'd go for.
  • Flower somewhere close and to the side from my heart.
  • Something to create context for my heart(What?)
  • Key with a long-ish flowy ribbon attached that has my kids' names on it.
  • Something to represent peace on the other lower thigh (peace and love).
  • Patch tag in her memory
red = top idea