Happy Sunday all! It’s been an okay week here in Bristol with the sun finally showing it’s face ever so slightly and the blue skies peeking through every now and again. Spring, is that you? I bloody hope so because I can’t cope with anymore cold!
I decided to write this post after I joked around with a friend and said I’d blog about it and they said that it was actually a really good idea. I’ve also received quite a few messages asking questions on social media so I thought I may as well write about my experience of getting my bum well and truly inked a few months ago. n
So firstly, why did I decide to have it done?
Well, it’s quite simple really. A bum tattoo is something that I’ve wanted for as long as I’ve been interested in tattoos. Much like all of my other tattoos, it’s easily coverable so more often than not, it’s impossible to know I have any tattoos (dependant on what I wear of course) but this one will be covered at all times unless I’m on the beach in a bikini!
Why did I pick the design I have?
I went for a black and white, dot work floral design to match the tattoo that I already have on the same side on my arm. I love floral tattoos as they’re feminine, pretty and can have tonnes of detail too.
How long did it take?
I was in the chair (technically led on the bed) for a whopping 8 hours and 45 minutes and did so in one sitting. Out of all my tattoos, this one took the longest but was well worth it.
How was the pain?
I feel like so many people tell fibs with this question but I’ll always be 100% honest when people ask this. It’s the question I asked others beforehand the most so in my opinion, honesty is definitely the best policy. It was absolute agony. Undoubtedly, the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced in my whole 22 years of life but I’m so glad I saw it through.
The worst pain was towards the final 3 hours when the needle was going over skin that was already tattooed and really damn angry. During these hours I swore a hell of a lot.
Best coping methods?
Sugar and carbs will be your best friend. I was right at the start of my no-carb diet but had no choice but to give in and eat something carby for lunch. Otherwise, I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to sit through the whole almost 9 hours. I also made my way through several bags of sweets and bottles of Pepsi during the day.
How was the healing?
I’m quite lucky in the sense that I heal pretty quickly when it comes to tattoos and piercings. However, it’s SO important that you follow your tattooists instructions for aftercare and look after your tattoo properly during the healing process.
Keep it well moisturised at all times. Your tattooist will recommend the best product for this so don’t just use any old thing! Many products can damage the tattoo and cause infections so listen to recommendations from your artist carefully. I always use The Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E which you can find here. It’s super hydrating, easy to use and is paraben free.
It WILL become itchy whilst it’s healing but whatever you do, DON’T give in to the urge to scratch it. By doing this, you will damage the tattoo and pull off the ‘scabbing process’ which will cause not only loss of colour/ink but also create a risk of infection. If it’s itchy, it’s not moisturised enough so add more cream as soon as possible.
As I said before, follow the instructions from your artist religiously and you’ll be absolutely fine. This particular tattoo took just under 2 weeks to fully heal.
Who was my tattooist?
For all dot work designs, I always go to the same artist. Terr Whitfield who I’ve known for years has done 3 out of 4 of my tattoos and I wouldn’t go to anyone else for any dot work. He’s based in Surrealistic Sanctuary, an incredible studio in Cardiff. You can find the studios Facebook page here.
That’s all I have to tell you about the process of having your butt tattooed so I hope this post has been helpful to anybody who had any queries! As always, feel free to leave any questions in the comments section if there’s anything you need to know that I haven’t answered already.
Thank you so much for reading!
Until next time,