I started getting tattoos after my father passed away in 2007. I was 23 years old when I got my first one, I love the feeling and the endorphins it releases are amazing.
My first one is my last name (Heaven) on my back. It took about an hour and a half to do and it was painful only because it was not a feeling I was used to at all. By the time it was finished I knew how great of a feeling it was. It took a while to heal only because I had a hard time applying the ointment with the location of it being right between my shoulder blades.
My second tattoo was the memorial cross on my upper right arm for my dad. It took just over an hour to finish. When I found a decent idea for what I wanted I described it to the artist and it took her 3 or for different times to get it right on paper. Then when she made the stencil for what she wanted to use , the back part of the tattoo did not transfer to my skin like it was suppose to. As she was transferring the drawing to my arm the back half of the cross did not go on very well at all, so she had to freehand with the gun as she was tattooing by looking at the other half of the tattoo. After the artist was finished with the outline she said she needed to take a break because the tattoo she had just finished was on a really big guy and it he really smelled bad and she needed a ciggerette for her bad headache. Than after a short break she got back to my tattoo and started to highlight and color in the needed areas. The healing time took about six weeks. It turned out really great. It is one of my favorite ones because of what it stands for and the detail of it.
My third and forth tattoos(s) were on my inner for arms were letters for my parent’s names. On my right arm is my father’s and on my left arm is my mothers. I started with the first letter on each arm, than after a few weeks I decided I needed more so I added the letter the letter for their last name. Their done in old English style writing and shaded black in color. They took about 45 min on each letter and the healing time was not easy because they were done in the summer and I worked in a factory and it was hard to keep they clean at all but I washed them more often.
My fifth tattoo is located right on my upper back right above my first tattoo, it is not quite on my neck but at the top of my back. It is my nickname given to me by some members of my family. It is two tone in color, blue on top and green on bottom, but it was redone a few weeks later because as the artist was adding the color it was already bleeding out. The ink that was originally used was a new product and one that the artist was trying to see how it work, I was not the only person who could not take the ink. It took about an hour to complete. It is not a overly detailed tattoo but the artist wanted to make it look right with the tattoo already in the area so it would not look to out of place
My sixth tattoo is located on my upper left arm. It is a scorpion and it represents my zodiac. I decided to get it because I have always wanted one. I walked into the local tattoo shop of a friend and explained to him what I wanted and he said give him some time to look up something and draw it up. After about an hour he said he wanted me to look at what he had, I looked at what he drew up and I liked it. He said give him some time to get set he stuff set up. It took almost an hour and a half to complete with outline and shading. The healing time was not to bad because I could easily apply the ointment and keep it clean.
My seventh tattoo is a Phoenix on my lower bicep on my left arm. I have wanted one for a long time and I had decided to get it and I talked to my artist so he looked up a bunch of ideas and when we agreed on a good idea. It took about an hour and a half to complete because the colors are pretty detailed and are pretty mixed together. The healing time was not to bad at all because it was pretty to keep ointment on with the location is easily reachable. I decided on the idea because it shows me that no matter what I have been through I will always be able to build myself back up from no matter how low I end up.