Welcome to week 7 of Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday! I did an intro post where I explained my goal in posting these every week and how you can submit your photo to be featured. Check out the post if you need to refresh your memory and then read below about my sixth tattoo!
I had tattoo fever so I set out to decide on my next tattoo. I really wanted something on the ribs because I wanted to know what it felt like to be tattooed in that area. Some how I found out a guy I went to school with for years (but never talked to) was a tattoo artist! After looking at his work on his Facebook page I fell in love with so many of his great pieces and knew I had to get tattooed by him. I was on the hunt for a new tattoo artist after the last one was never finished and done incorrectly, so I figured I'd give Nick a try.
I saw some stars on his page with swirly stuff around them so I went off that idea and meshed it with some swirl colored stars I saw online while searching through Google images.
After meeting with him to discuss what I wanted, we made the appointment for my BIRTHDAY (Oct 11) in 2010 to get this nice piece done as well as adding to my wrist tattoo (which I already talked about in week 3)
This tattoo doesn't have a true meaning like my others due besides the fact that I wanted something fun. I chose two stars because at the time I had two children, and chose pink/purple because of the girls as well and then blue just because it went well with the second star. The teal looking swirls behind the stars was his color choice because I didn't know what would look best in the long run after everything was all healed.
This tattoo isn't too big in size, but covers the whole rib cage area. It took about 90 minutes to complete and surprisingly didn't hurt. It was a comfortable tattoo and even tickled at one point in the beginning. Toward the end it did start to hurt at the bottom but I think that's just more because of the time frame and that my skin had already been tortured for so long. I requested the thick black outline and while I was sure that would hurt, I was so comfortable the entire time. Having an artist actually want to talk to you and carry on a conversation is a huge plus for me because my former artist didn't want to talk at all. Since Nick and I are the same age and both have kids, it was flowing conversation and time went by fast.
Nick no longer works close to me and has his own shop with some friends about 45 minutes away. I would LOVE for him to be my full time artist but I have some anxiety issues and one of them is the Interstate. It's freaked me out for years and hopefully one day I can over come that fear and get more work done by him because I know he can accomplish the ideas I have in my head and do them beautifully.
Overall I love this tattoo 2 1/2 years later, wouldn't change a thing about it, and am so glad I got it.
If any of my followers live in the Indy area I suggest checking out Nick's shop.
152 N Perry Rd, Plainfield, IN.