Thursday, July 28, 2011

Guest Post: Amber Joy from Until Tomorrow

Amber

Hey Sometimes Sweet readers! Amber here, from Until Tomorrow. I am so excited to FINALLY do a guest post regarding this crazy beast of a thigh tattoo that some of you have asked Danielle about! Let me start off by saying I am 24, this is my very first tattoo and I am incredibly glad that I waited! Although I am still very young, I feel that I know myself a lot better then I did at 18...19..20..21...22...you get the point. I also know exactly what I want to do in life, because even though our society is becoming much more tattoo friendly, let's be real, people judge based on  preconceived notions of tattooed folks.

I have been around and befriended by both moderately and heavily tattooed individuals and each one has given me their own little piece of the tattoo secret, but the best advice was most definitely given by Mrs. Hampton herself! Don't start off visible, especially if you're like me and don't respond so well to old lady jibes, being touched by strangers and/or hearing people's tattoo life stories (ugh)! Start with a piece somewhere where you can choose if another person sees it and get your feet wet every now and again..then tattoo your face....jussstttt kiiidddiiinngggg. Also, if people tell you a tattoo doesn't hurt...ask them how Gepetto is doing, because they're lying to you. Granted, some places hurt more than others (back of your thigh for one), but it all hurts to some extent. I mean think of the process...OUCH.

One of the hardest parts of the (large) tattoo territory for me has been the session situation. The line work was a 4.5 hr sitting and now just a piece of the framework and some shading took 3 hrs. I was under the impression that this was going to take just a mere two sessions and then TADA tattoo! Not the case. My artist informed me that I probably have another 6-7 hrs to go...oh ,discouraged! Once I had moved through the major disappointment I was seriously overcome with such gratitude. The guy really cares and isn't half-assing anything. Good artist who takes care and time = a good tattoo worth your care and time!

Last but not least here are a few things that got me through the process and pain:

1.  EAT and eat well i.e protein, carbs and some healthy sugars. Even if you are nervous and think you might throw up.

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2.  When it hurts concentrate on breathing. Yoga style. Totally works and I don't budge an inch (I was told I sit like an angel)!

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3.  If you  watch it actually becomes really intriguing and really takes your mind off what is actually happening.

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4. If your BFF is a new mommy...BRING HER, because if you aren't discussing breast milk and mangoes while you're under the needle you aren't really living!

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22 comments:

  1. pretty tattoo! i got a giant tattoo in the same place. people think it doesnt hurt there because on the fat on your thigh... it hurts like a bitch! haha.

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  2. Beautiful! I can't wait to see it when it's done!!!

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  3. Wow, your tattoo is exquisitely beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing such great information! I've been thinking about an inner upper arm tattoo and this was all super helpful! Also, WHERE is that dress from (in the first pic)? It's LOVELY!

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  4. nevermind about the dress... saw on your blog! Anthro! Of course :)

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  5. My first tattoo was small and easily hidden (over my heart). Unfortunately, walking in to a studio where I hadn't done research on the artists was a bad call and it looked pretty bad. Top that off with a summer in the sun and I had to have it retouched after a couple of years. It still looks pretty bad and I'm considering covering it up, but I still love it for being my first and for what it means to me.

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  6. Oh wow, it's a stunning tattoo!

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  7. I really enjoyed her writing style! Definitely going to follow her blog. Her tattoo is gorgeous. I've been thinking about getting one so I really appreciated her tips. Can't wait to see the rest!

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  8. Beautiful tattoo & great advice! Thank you!

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  9. ohhh these are really helpful!!1 i am getting a tattoo maybe in september or so.. and I hope it wont hurt!! :D

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  10. I thought that when I covered my arms that my new tat days were over. Why have I never thought of the thing......
    Beautiful tat!

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  11. that's an amazing tattoo. thanks for sharing your tips! off to go check out your blog!

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  12. I just got my first and was totally nerve wrecked, I started off small and in a place where unless I'm not clothed you won't see it.

    Your advice is great! It's very true, they hurt (some places more than others) but ultimately totally worth it. I'm glad I waited rather than getting it at 18 when what I wanted was a shooting star going up my ankle.

    Also your tattoo looks awesome!

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  13. WOW I think that tattoo is gorgeous... or it will be once it's done! How fabulous. I love the detail. Can't wait to see the grand reveal when it's finished.

    Kacie
    http://www.acollectionofpassions.blogspot.com/

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  14. Beautiful tattoo! And I totally agree with the advice to not start out visible. My first was on my hip, and my next four or so were all on my back. I finally got a half-sleeve once I was ready and I just moved on to my thigh! It's a great spot :)

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  15. Thanks for posting about this Amber, I was so curious! So far it looks gorgeous, I'm such a fan of thigh pieces :)

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  16. Ahh this is my favorite guest post! So many of the things she said are SO true that I always say, but never hear from anyone else! When I started my half sleeve and got done with my first session I was like 'What?! That's all we got done?!' But now I totally understand and realize that good work takes time.

    Beautiful tattoo, it's so amazing!

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  17. Yeah, yeah cool tattoo. More importantly, THAT YOUTUBE VIDEO?! Extraordinary Breastfeeding?! Interesting, definitely. Crazy, maybe?! Probably?!

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  18. Tattoo is great, but breastfeeding 8 yrs old kid? Woooooot? It's sick for me.

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  19. Great piece & great tips! Yogic breathing got me through my longest session, which was about 4 hours. I also sat like a rock! Now that I have been through natural childbirth, I'm sure the next one will be cake ; )

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  20. Lovely tattoo! I'm still thinking about getting a small one on my arm. I prefer small black tattoos myself (think Christina Perri), but yours is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! :]

    www.zanniplainjanefashion.com

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  21. This really is the most gorgeous tattoo I've seen! I love tattoos but they are so danged expensive, lol!

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