My friend really wants to get a tattoo. We’ve been friends for ages – our whole adult lives, in fact, which means we’ve been through a lot of each other’s decisions. Yes, all of them, including both the good and the bad decisions. I can’t help but feel like my friend’s longing to get a tattoo is actually a pretty good decision. He’s wanted one for a while and has already done a lot of research to find a number of designs he likes. Next, he wants to find a local tattooist in the Brisbane CBD in order to discuss his ideas with an expert. I’ve already given my friend some advice, and he’s listened because he respects my opinion. He specifically wants a tribal tattoo, which is something you do have to go to a specialised artist for if you want it done properly. It includes swirling lines and patterns, but is quite a strong and masculine design overall due to its origins in tribal art. At first I wasn’t sure if he should get such a design, since my friend himself has no heritage in that area, but after doing research with an actual tribal tattooist, it is seen as alright with some people so long as you show the proper respect. That’s why he’s going to a tattoo artist who specialises in tribal tattoos. We have been searching online for artists who fit this description, and thanks to the wonderful wonders of the internet, they have been quite easy to find. Some of them have put beautiful pictures of their designs on their social media in order to get new customers and build a following for their art. I also spent some time looking at reviews to ensure the tattoo studio is hygienic and clean, but especially that the artists themselves are encouraging and friendly professionals. I know that tattoos can be kind of painful to get done, even though I have none of them myself. Apparently, the way that artists treat you can make a big difference, so I want to find the best for my friend.
I’ve been planning to get a tattoo for a ridiculously long time, so I can’t believe it’s finally happening today. My partner is so excited for me; he’s taken some time off work later this afternoon to cheer me on. It’s super sweet of him, as I doubt I will be in a state that enables me to even acknowledge his presence. I have a really low pain tolerance, so I’m expecting to cry a lot as I get the tattoo. But it’ll all be worth it.
The studio I’m going to get my tattoo from is known as the best tattoo shop local to Brisbane. They’ve received hundreds of prestigious awards in hundreds of different categories over the past decade, and after working with them on my design for a few months, I can see why. The interior of the shop is minimalistic and modern, yet the warm light and plush furniture makes it feel cozy, which definitely helped me feel at ease when I first walked in. I was afraid the tattooists would be really condescending to someone like me, who was nervous and knew nothing about how tattoos actually work, but they couldn’t have been more inviting. My artist is one of the most friendly and professional men I have ever met. He gently guided me through the entire process so that we could work to create a design that I am happy to wear and show off to other people.
My artist is someone you would call an American traditional tattooist. This was what he decided to specialise in when he started his apprenticeship as a teenager. However, it has been more than a decade since then, and he now knows everything about virtually every style and type of tattoo. He is also able to do glow-in-the-dark tattoos, which I thought was pretty cool. It’s taken months to find an opening with him since he is so popular and seems to be virtually always booked out.
I just wanted to follow up on the blog that I wrote about skincare and tattoos. A lot of you wrote in and said that similar things happened to you. I found that so interesting! I thought it was just something that happened to me, but apparently, if you feel good about yourself and take more pride in your appearance then you’re more likely to consult a traditional tattooist than a regular person. How interesting!
Some of you wrote in saying that your experience was the same but not with skincare. There was a whole variety of things that made you feel confident enough to get a tattoo. Some examples of them, for those of you who are curious, were new relationships, new jobs, achieving milestones in your life, going travelling and more. From what I gathered, anything that made people feel good about themselves was enough to inspire them to get their first tattoo. For so many of you, skincare was the confidence boost you needed to learn to express yourself through tattoos. Psychologists should do some sort of study on this phenomenon.
I’d love for you guys to submit pictures of your tattoos to my inbox. It would be awesome to also get some feedback on the tattoo shop local to Brisbane that you went to because I’m always on the lookout for another place where I can get a tattoo. My whole body is a canvas at this point and I’m not married to anyone particular tattoo parlour.
I just want to look as good on the outside as I feel on the inside, thanks to my beautifully soft skin that glows when you look at it. Looking good and feeling good is one of the most important parts of being in your mid-twenties. I’m never going to be this young again and so I want to make the most of it whilst I can.