Friday, 21 November 2014

How many tattoos do you have? Part twenty three - my first tattoo ever...and I hate it

Okay well I can only seem to get this picture to load sideways which is fine by me because today I am showing you the tattoo I hate the most. I didn't even want to put it up here but, you know, full disclosure. All the tattoos must go up. Might as well get this one over with.

It's not even that bad, and I never got it finished. But my first tattoo was ... red tribal. And a naked lady. And blue mandala stuff behind it. On 1/2 of my back.

This picture was taken with a film camera just after I took the bandage off after getting the blue stuff added. I was 21 or 22 and living in Calgary, Alberta, and honestly believed that tribal tattoos were the coolest thing ever. I came from a small town where the only tattoos I ever saw were black shitty tribal dragons that the guy's friend drew. Oh and my ex boyfriend had a biohazard symbol on his stomach. So yeah.

This tattoo was absolutely brimming with meaning to me, every color, every shape, everything has a deep meaning that I now, ten years later, don't really remember.

Steve Peace, owner of Immaculate Concept and runner of the Calgary and Edmonton Tattoo Conventions, did this tattoo, and it's not his fault I hate it. He did exactly what I asked him to. Poor guy. haha

I wish I knew then what I know now about backpieces. Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20.

I think I will eventually cover this with ... something. The idea of a gigantic black panther head and some roses has come up and I might do that. Since everything is so light and barely has any black in it at all it shouldn't be super hard to cover. For now I just never wear backless anything because I'm embarrassed. It's really a shame.

People are always impressed when they ask what my first tattoo was and I tell them it was half of my back. The thing was ... I knew I wanted to have a lot of tattoos but I knew nothing about them. And there's the lesson for you out there who feel the same way. Do your research. Look at ten thousand tattoos and you'll get to know what you like and how great it can be. You'll know how to pick what you want and who you want to do it. But you have to do your research because not even the best tattoo artist can stop you from making a bad decision.

Do you have any tattoos you want to get covered up or you hate showing people? Tell me about it so I don't feel so bad!

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