My Tattoo Experience: Sink N Rise, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire

So, around a month ago I treated myself to my 3rd tattoo which is my biggest and most detailed. In my eyes, I think getting a tattoo is a Big Deal. This piece of art is on your body for the rest of your life, so every time I think about tattoos, I think it's essential that the location and what you're gonna get is something you can deal with staring at for the rest of your life.
That's my personal preference though, I mean I have lots of friends who just rock up to a tattoo studio and get random tattoos just cause they like them.

Anyways, lengthly intro done, I had decided on this piece after I saw a photo on tumblr around a year ago. If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know how horrible my financial situation has been lately and I promised myself that I would treat myself to my tattoo after I received my first commission pay cheque. I decided on the play on the Queen playing card because I loved the detail and I loved the Indian take on it. It was a present to myself to congratulate myself on getting through a really tough time, to congratulate myself that I'm still here, I'm still kicking, and I'm still a queen.

I decided on the forearm location because I thought due to the size of what I wanted it was a nice open space. Plus I wanted to be able to see it on a regular basis!

I've had all my tattoos done at Sink N Rise in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire; which is the town I grew up in. The studio is a small cosy little place, and I've had all of mine done by Imi. He's incredibly talented and patient, and very creative.

This piece took around 2 1/2 hours, the receptionist and Imi made me feel very comfortable, they put a film on for me, put a little space heater in front of me since the studio was pretty chilly, and were very inviting to my dad and sister when they came to check in on me.

In terms of aftercare, I'm always recommended to use Bepanthen on it. Personally I don't like using Bepanthen - since it's so thick and tacky it ends up dragging across my tattoo which makes it feel very sore, especially so soon after getting it done. It also makes my skin quite sticky, so any clothes and fabric end up sticking to it and there's always the risk of some of the ink coming off with anything that gets stuck to it!
I personally use cocoa butter. I used Palmers unfragranced cocoa body butter probably around 3x a day, or whenever it felt a bit dry. I cleaned it twice a day with warm soapy water, dabbed it dry, then used the cocoa butter. It took around 2 weeks to completely heal, and my goddddd the itchy flaky stage K I L L E D me. Having an itch you can't scratch is just hell. Now she's all healed I'm even more in love with her. I love that I can see her on a daily basis, and she's just so beautiful and detailed!

If you've got any questions or suggestions, feel free to drop me a comment!

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