So just a week ago I got a tattoo!!!
I'm very happy about it so I thought I'd just share my reasoning and process with y'all.
So first off you may be aware that I'm only 17 so I can't get a tattoo in Massachusetts but with my parents permission I could get one in Connecticut. So I drove 2.5 hours down to an amazing tattoo parlor in CT. Here are a few answered questions for your curious minds.
Where did you go?
It was called Propaganda Ink (click here to see the artists portfolios). The people were insanely kind and made me feel very comfortable. When I got there they offered me water and made sure I was feeling okay and confident. I waited for about 5 minutes while Cindy (the nicest lady who did my tattoo) made the stencil. Overall the process was quite easy and smooth and every person there was so supportive and took me in.
Did it hurt?
Actually surprisingly not that much. I do not have a high pain tolerance so I was expecting it to hurt a lot. To compare it to a cat scratch could be accurate. Think of it like a cat scratching you fairly hard for a long period of time. It hurts most when closer to the bone but not much difference.
Did it bleed?
No not at all. No blood. No mess. Easy.
How do you take care of it?
For 5 days after getting the tattoo I put a very deep moisturizing lotion on it (called A&D). After that I just apply a simple lotion (with no perfumes) three times a day. After about 3 days of putting lotion on 3 times a day you can just apply lotion when you get up and before you go to bed.
Also make sure to use sunscreen! Don't burn it. And don't soak it for 3 weeks (no baths, swimming pools, saunas).
What is the meaning behind it?
I have loved Harry Potter ever since I was 7 years old. The books have always been there for me, and have helped me get through many hard times. When I am sad or upset I pick up a book flip to a random chapter and read. Harry Potter is a world I can escape to. A world no one can take away from me; and a place that makes me happy. Now the symbol I got tattooed on my ribs is the symbol of the deathly hallows. The deathly hallows represent the defeat of death, or the ability to overcome it. The line represents the all powerful elder want. The triangle represents the stone of resurrection. And the circle represents the cloak of invisibility. When in possession of all three objects one can escape from death, and this is exactly what Voldemort wants (he is the main villain). In the last book (there are 7) Harry has all three objects in his possession yet he chooses to get rid of two. It is a recognition for himself that he is just Harry and death will come to all and that we should not be afraid of it.
The last reason as to why I got this tattoo is so that the memories of Harry Potter will stay with me forever. Many times when we grow up we forget the good things that carried our childhood and we forget the things that made us who we are today. And by having this tattoo I will never forget and it will always be in my heart.
Please ask any questions :)