For almost a decade I’ve been moaning about my tattoo, a wonky shooting star in the worst shade of magenta you can imagine, which had absolutely no meaning whatsoever to me and looked as though it was done in prison with a biro.
This year I finally decided I would do something about it and get it covered up. I knew I wanted a kawaii / Disney style so enlisted my friend Kayleigh -a tattoo veteran- to help find the perfect artist. I was more than willing to travel as I couldn’t afford to get this wrong a second time but as luck would have it Ali, a Disney loving tattoo artist with a portfolio full of exactly the style I was looking for, worked in a town an hour or so away from us.
I told Ali what I wanted and she drew up my design, which I instantly fell in love with.
I remember getting tattooed as being painful and was nervous. Kayleigh told me she loved the feeling and that it doesn’t hurt at all, which whilst feeling dubious about I tried to believe to calm my nerves. She was getting two little tattoos on her sleeve and offered to go first, so as she was tattooed I watched and she really didn’t flinch!
I have an annoying / embarrassing tendency to get light headed when having blood taken or any kind of needle, so I stuffed my face with sweets before Ali began. As it would transpire, Kayleigh either has an insanely high pain tolerance or kindly lied to make me feel better, because it hurt a lot. In fairness after a while I got used to it, but where my old tattoo wasn’t done well and didn’t heal right I had a lot of scar tissue so going over that was the worst part.
A couple of hours later and my old horrible tattoo was encased behind the glass heart, never to be seen again. I’m so happy with how it turned out and that I’ll never have to see the star again.