About 20 years ago I did one of those round-the-world trips of a lifetime and on the way visited a friend in Tahiti. I was soaking up the arts and crafts in all sorts of cultures and filling my sketchbook. I became fascinated with the designs in Tahitian tattoos and decided I would like to return home with a small design tattooed on my shoulder. Every island I went to I asked for a tattoo artist and was always told he had just left the island. I don’t know whether it was because I was a woman or because I was not Tahitian, but I soon realised the polynesians were not keen on me getting a tattoo!
However the wish for a tattoo has never left me, my body is also a blank canvas. Having just turned 60! Yippeee! I LOVE being 60! I thought ‘it is now or never’ – so as a Valentine’s present to myself I visited The Tattoo Studio, co-run by a school friend of my daughter’s (I also went to school with her Mum). I took in a little sketch of what I had in mind and the lovely Alice followed it beautifully.
She made a stencil and put this on my arm first so that I could look in a mirror to check it was exactly what I wanted.
The palette and guns:
I decided that now I would like a small ‘bracelet’ on my forearm so that I could see it myself and I am absolutely thrilled with the result.
(my children are less thrilled!!!!)
The whole process took about 2 hours – and i would say the sensation was a bit like a little burn with a pleasant buzzing sensation – less painful that a leg wax. Overall, for a new experience i give it 9/10!