I’m Not Tough Enough to Get a Tattoo

I see tattoos on my neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members. They show off new ones on social media and get a lot of likes and comments. Me? Well, I’m thinking of all those needle pokes to just get a small tattoo. I cannot even imagine what it must feel like to get tattoo sleeves. I’m not brave enough to endure even getting an outline drawing of a smiley face. I would probably faint if it was being colored and shaded! I think some of the artwork is incredible. It is tough enough to draw like that on paper, and doing it on skin must be a real challenge.

When you see tattoo sleeves, you just get a basic look at all of the details. That is, unless you hold the person in place and stare for a few minutes. That might prove to be a bit awkward, especially if it is on a big biker dude that does not have a great sense of humor. Excuse me sir. May I stare at your tattoo to see the intricate lines and shading of the artist? It is okay when I go to a museum and spend a lot of time looking at the work of a master artist. Probably not okay to stare at a big tattoo on a big guy in the grocery store line.

The first thing I want to ask is, did it hurt to get a tattoo? I really think of that when I see a small female who has a big tattoo on the top of her foot. There are probably more sensitive areas to get one, but there isn’t a lot of fat to cushion those tattoo needles on a foot. I saw one on a friend. It was practically a paragraph of text! She had one over the bone of an ankle too! I could not muster up the guts to get a tattoo like that.

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