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My First Tattoo - The Experience

Updated on January 16, 2012

I finally did what I have been putting off for years now: getting my first tattoo.

I already know - I'm addicted. I'm planning the next one as I write this but wanted to take a minute of your time to share my experience with getting a tattoo. This may be of some help for others thinking about getting one but should be a fun read, regardless.

Geek Mode - Go!

I'm a big nerd which prompted me to get a tattoo around the major influences in my life but in a geeky manner.

I was out clubbing with my girlfriend when we suddenly got the urge to get tattoos.

I've been in a stint recently of going with the flow and decided to tag along.

We got to Las Vegas Tattoo's in Ybor (within Tampa, FL) where we had been just last week when my sister and her friend got matching tattoos. My girlfriend was getting everything ready for hers when I jumped in and decided to take the plunge - finally.

I spent about 30 minutes digging around in my memory for the tattoo ideas I've had in the past and landed on the result of the picture - chemicals!

MMM ... Searing Flesh

Now, I can't speak for a lot of people that get tattoos but I really didn't find it all that discomforting.

I know a lot of people that are nearly in tears from getting their first tattoo but I've experienced far worse pains such as breaking my wrist, stepping on a broken bottle and cracking a tooth.

I understand that certain areas hurt more but it really is mind-over-matter. I was in my own little happy place when the artist put the needle to my arm and remained calm the entire time. In fact, I was more concerned with not moving so the artist didn't mess it up than to react to how painful it was.

To put it into perspective, the tattoo gun kind of felt as if needles were quite literally eating at your flesh. Take that prick you get from the doctor and multiply it by a couple thousands. You can feel the needle rip into your skin but it burns more than it feels like stabbing.

Okay, gross part aside, my tattoo design was quite simple overall. The lines hurt a bit when the artist needed to go back over them but it didn't take more than 20 minutes and boom, I have something that'll last me a life time (hopefully I don't regret it, haha).

Joining the Tattoo Crowd

I feel like I've joined a new community.

Immediately walking around and chatting people (after returning to a club), I was getting questions about the tattoo and wound up having people show me theirs as we talked.

If you're thinking about getting a tattoo than do it.

You'll want to be smart about what you get and where it will be on your body but, for the most part, it's an awesome experience that people put off just to be safe, in my opinion.

If you'll be working in a very strict, business environment than I wouldn't suggest getting it in places that could cause some trouble like your arms, neck or visible parts of your legs but it all depends on where you see yourself later on. I personally wouldn't want to work in a business environment that was that strict.

On the right are a few ways to kick up some ideas for your own tattoo. I wouldn't recommend just going in and grabbing anything off the wall - find something that's unique to you - that means something - it is, after all, permanent.

Anyway, that was my experience. I wanted to share it since I still feel really good about my decision. Hope ya enjoyed the hub :)


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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I remember my first tattoo and the initial shock of the burn and sting. It gets better though. My big shoulder piece was a piece of cake until the last twenty minutes

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      I have two tattoos and I definitely want more! Still trying to decide on what the third one will be. It's an addiction! When I'm asked about the pain of getting a tattoo, I always describe it as some pain, but not so much it makes you cry. It's a different kind of pain. It's tolerable, plus I kind of like it!

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      Brian Baird 5 years ago from Woodstock Georgia

      After getting my first Tat nearly 3 years ago I still cant figure out what to get next. I have a tat on my left arm right below my sholder a Gaurdian angel statue in memory of my younger brother. I want my next tat to be similar in size to match that one to go on my other arm but cant figure out what. welcome to the club and nice hub.

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      mackyi 5 years ago

      Since I have never gotten a tattoo done before, I was sort of wondering how painful it really was. Thanks for providing me with this bit of information. One advice I would like to add here, is that you shouldn't tattoo the name of a boyfriend or girlfriend as you could ended up breaking up with that person in a matter of days after getting your tattoo done.

      Lol! I could go with that organic chemistry structure tattoo in the above picture, I think it's kind of cool.