Thursday, September 25, 2014

no. 16 shuttle

So ... at nearly 40 years old, I suddenly decided I wanted a tattoo ;)

I chose the artist after finding his amazing work on Instagram - Jaya's work is amazing - he works out of Wolf & Wren Tattoo Collective - very very impressed!  Of course, this is his lovely pic ;)

This is the illustration it was based on ... though I just had to add a cheeky little bat, haa!

It's on the top of my forearm ... I wanted to see it while weaving - this pic may give you a better idea of placement:

I like the placement also because it looks different every time I move my arm - it's only straight and centered when my arm is in this position ;)

I'm probably only getting one other (on the top left arm, to balance with this one), but that's a little way off yet.  This one didn't hurt much at all ... but that may have been because the eyeliner was so painful, HA!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

tattooed eyeliner

Yep, I took the plunge and had my eyeliner tattooed!  I went to the lovely lady who did my eyebrows, Deraly Fleming - wouldn't trust anyone else!

The reason to go to these extremes?  I don't care about wrinkles as such as I'm getting older ... but when it messes with my eyeliner???  As you get older, the skin around the eyes gets a bit, er, slacker.  And the eyeliner just doesn't last like it used to, regardless of the brand.

Deraly went over my existing eyeliner.  She used a numbing cream, but I must confess it still hurt (especially in the corners of the eyelids).

Here I am the night that I had it done:

As you can see, pretty swollen and bruised!  The next morning it was very swollen and red, so this shot was taken about 45 minutes after putting an icepack on them!  This is how I went to work the next day ;)

Ouch!  Next is later on that night - looking much better!

And this one was taken yesterday - the bruising as already eased off:

I have had so much feedback on Instagram and Facebook, that I thought I would document the process - I just couldn't find much online about personal experiences!  I need to go back in November to get them retouched, as well as my eyebrows darkened (I love them, but I want them darker!).  My left eye wasn't completely finished, as it started bruising very quickly so she had to stop - that will be finished off in November too ;)

Overall, I'm glad I didn't know how much it was going to hurt .... though Deraly assures me that subsequent visits won't be so painful as touch ups don't require so much ink/needling.  I'm budgeting to get them done once a year, though they will easily last for about 2-3 years (I want them to stay black and bold, but they will last a lot longer if you like a more natural look).

If you're thinking about getting your brows/eyeliner done, here are my recommendations:

1.  Google!!  Find a good practitioner by reading online reviews, getting recommendations from friends, etc.  Find something with experience in the industry with a good track record.

2.  I would recommend a practitioner who uses a 'pen-styled device', which is actually a miniature tattoo gun.  The difference is that they use semi-permanent ink, as many people change their mind about their makeup style as they get older.  I would NOT recommend the 'soft-tap method' - I had that done the first time, and while it lasted the same amount of time, it was way more painful and took a lot longer to heal.

3.  I know this sounds obvious, but make sure that the shape you are after is something that you can live with every day for at least 2-3 years!

4.  Looking after cosmetic tattoos are the same as a conventional body tattoo - tattoo balm throughout the day.  Since I don't like chemicals, I have been using Dr Bronners Organic Balm with all-natural ingredients.

Please feel free to ask any questions!  :)