I got "inked"!

Monday, May 18, 2009

I've been umming and ahhhng for the past few months (years even) about getting a tattoo, but have always chickened out.

I'm a big (HUGE) SATC fan. I've watched every single episode, know the movie script off by heart and without fail cry at the same scenes over and over again (sad, I know). When I went on the SATC tour with my friend last Summer we almost passed out with excitement standing outside Carrie's apartment. We were told we weren't allowed to take pics of Carrie's apartment as it was trespassing or some nonsense, but we sneaked away from the tour group and snapped away to our hearts content. You're crazy if you think I'm paying $25 or how much it was we paid only to be told I can't take a damn picture of the highlight of the tour!!

Remember that scene in the film (see pic) where Carrie and Big are in bed together and she's reading Love Letters Of Great Men and reads Beethoven's love letter to his "Immortal Beloved"? Well the final quote of "Ever thine, Ever mine, Ever ours" made a huge impression on me and I think it's so romantic.


Anyway Chaud and I always switch it and say "Ever Mine ..." . A couple of mths ago I was thinking about what I could have tattooed that I wouldn't look back on in 20 years and think "Urgh" and the quote came to me. It signifies 3 of my big (no pun intended) loves - Richaud, New York City and Sex And The City - aren't I clever? LOL

I decided to get the placement done on my lower back and the font I wanted to be fairly classic looking.

Well I finally bit the bullet and got it done last Friday. We went (Chaud got another one done too) to Black Ink Gallery, which recently featured in reality show Harlem Heights. It's only a short walking distance from Chaud's parents house so he'd noticed it when it first opened. It also homes various artwork from local artists which is mounted on the walls and available to purchase which is pretty cool.



"Puma", one of the owners was emailing me bk and forth with info before we went in to check the place out.

Nothing and nobody could have prepared me for the pain I felt. 5 mins into it I started sweating profusely, my mouth went really dry and I felt faint. I think my body must have gone into shock as the needle etched away as I was rambling and talking utter shit and demanding Chaud get me a bottle of water out of my bag - there was no bottle in my bag!
Chaud held my hands from start to finish and was my knight in shining armour cos I'm telling you I'd probably have given up and had "Eve ...." etched on my back if it wasn't for him!!

I thought the pain would never end. So many people said "Oh it doesn't hurt that much". The only person who was real with me was Chaud's sister who simply said "A tatt on your lower back will fuck you up". She was speaking from experience and I should have listened a lil' harder.

The guy who did my tatt, Mike was amazing. So, so professional and he kept me as calm as he could.

The mad thing is that as soon as he finished and I looked in the mirror, I decided I wanted to have it extended a lil' with a bit of fancy swirlage. I'm also planning my next (and final one) which will be on my inner wrist. That shouldn't hurt as much as my back...I hope.

I love the way it turned out and it was worth the pain. It's gonna look wicked when I have the extra bits added onto it.

This pic was papped just after the bandage was taken off and it was all shiny (sore) and new. Excuse my undies on show!!


I guess what they say about tattoos being addictive despite the pain, has an air of truth about it cos you'd have thought I was giving birth with my groaning and gurning and Chaud wiping my brow saying "Keep going" every 5 mins. I'm such a drama queen!

24 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Saskia the Salsa Fairy said...

oh wow! love SATC, this was a great idea but i'm feeling faint just looking at it -i'm so squeamish ha! you are brave! very unique, looks great! xx

Lolly said...

OMG!! I didn't expect it to be so big! I LOVE it. I have always thought it was a beautiful phrase too, what a fab idea to get it as a tattoo!

Girl With The Golden Touch said...

God thats massive!! I love it - love the three things it represents too!! I have one on my back but I cant remember the pain - had it about 4 yrs ago now, and at the time I used to keep a diary. I've been saying for the past four years it didnt hurt etc and then I came across the old diary - where I had written about how painful it was and a reminder to never get another!!! I went with a friend who was COVERED in tatts and he said it will hurt but youll forget about it after - I guess its true for most people, what with you saying you want more. What are you planning for your wrist? I really want a love heart on my wrist, but it says 'love'...the 'L' being the heart... if that kinda makes sense, with the 'ove' inside the L heart all swirly writing...

*longest comment ever lol*

x

Yinka (VexInThecity) said...

Thanks guys :-) I love it.

It's not as big as it looks in the pic. Chaud was standing over me and kinda zoomed in. It's the perfect size, not HUUUUUGE at all. I didn't want it massive.

@ GWTGT - I know exactly what you mean with the 'Love' tatt. I'm sure I have a pic of a tatt just like that on my PC. I'll check for you.

SoFrolushes said...

Wow it looks good !!!
i have a tattoo on my lower back as well. I have not blogged about it yet. I didnt even tell my husband I was getting it done lol. my tat is an incentive to lose weight.if only I could commit to it(weight loss that is

Yinka (VexInThecity) said...

@ SoFrolushes - Thank you :-) Do a blog post on yours. I'm curious now.

OMG a 'diet' post will be coming up shortly from me I tell ya! I've stuffed my face non-stop for the past couple of weeks!!

Emma - [Magpie Sparkles] said...

Wow that is amazing! I would have a tattoo if only I could think of something really special to have permanently etched on my body.

I love SATC too - there are so many quotes to choose from!

xx

Helen said...

Beautiful lettering Yinka! I love it, the phrase, lettering, placement - everything! Gorgeous!

J said his hurt (on his neck) especially as it got to the thin skin on the side (OUCH!)but then when you see it and think it's the dogs nuts you immediately want another lol!

♥ Sadie ♥ said...

Love it!!!! Love, love, love that quote!!! xx

Dana Yoshimizu said...

Omg, you got a pretty big one for your first tattoo! But it looks GREAT!

MissGlamTan said...

wow i really like it-i was watching this scence in SATC movie earlier today i swear in my gym, i love watching SATC when excersising the thought of looking as good as one of the girls (maybe-lol one day...) keeps me motivated. Lovely idea :)xx

♥lipgloss86 said...

you're brave!! i went on the tour and they didnt take us to her stoop :( but when we were sent off to shop i spotted the road!! hehe!! x

Lisa said...

Wow it looks fab Yinka, I love it! You're so brave - I don't have a problem with needles at all but then I've never had one etching away at me for ages lol so I dunno how I'd react getting a tatt done. Anyway, love love love it, such a romantic phrase <3

Em x said...

Wow it looks fab! I don't get why people say it doesn't hurt, mine was really painful and its much smaller than yours x

thoughts running through my head.... said...

wow!!I didnt think you would have it that big Cara,very brave for a 1st tatt-the inside of your wrist is not the easiest of places either!!

Yinka (VexInThecity) said...

It's just the angle of the shot. It's the perfect size in reality.

I'm in no rush to get my wrist done so all in good time!! LOL

Jamie said...

Awesome tattoo Yinka and i love the meanings behind it.

Patience said...

Oh-me-oh-my! - How one forgets the pain after it's all said and done!

Nice tatt! (",)

Yinka (VexInThecity) said...

Lipgloss - Yeah apparently some of the tours miss out her appt now! That's the whole point of the tour!! Must be cos of the residents on the street complaining, I guess.

Jamie - You found me! LOL Cheers hon!

MissGlamTan - Hahaha SATC at the gym? That's funny.

Patience - Believe me, the pain is far from forgotten!! LOL

Chanel said...

WOW! That is a big tat for the first go round! I guess like childbirth, you forget about the pain after awhile and on to the next one :-)

Emma said...

Oh my god i love that scene from the movie
I love SATC so much
What a great tat
xx

Doma-Nikki said...

wow!! love the quote! x

Aubrey said...

It's been almost 10 years since I got my tat on my lower back and I STILL remember how much it hurt. I thought I was going to wet my pants and it took hours. It's a good thing I still love it so much. I'd like to get another, but I haven't quite decided on the details...and then there's the pain. I'm much more of a wimp now than I was at 19.

Sara (The Makeup Snob) said...

omg! thats so cool... i love the meaning behind it and i love sex in the city. im gonna cry just thinking about it!

 

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