Personally I always liked tattoos – on other people and I wanted some since I was about 13, I guess. However, I’m happy I wasn’t able to get the ones I wanted back then – would have been very unoriginal tumblr things. Which is fine, of course, but I want things that are truly mine, unique in a way, and have some sort of meaning to them. Not necessarily anything deep, maybe just the fact that I like a certain thing, but you know, not a dandelion with seeds turning into birds – there is nothing at all wrong with that and I still find them pretty, but just not for me. If you follow me on Instagram (or read the title), you already know what I got – a moth and a bumblebee. I have a list of things I really want and add to that every now and then, the list/ideas are maily about a year or two old and for no particular reason I decided to go for this one first. I wasn’t sure whether or not it could be finished in one sitting, but it was – on Groundhog Day, 2nd of February.
Tattooing took about three hours with about 15-25 minutes of pause – to have a glass of water/going to the bathroom etc. For me the pain was really bareable, I expected it to be a lot worse, the only parts that actually were painful were about 2 cms underneath the collarbone and the tip of the moths wing which is really close to my sternal. However, my rubcage is a bit asymmetric and weird, so that might be part of the reason. Then again, I had an oral operation (well, I had tooth implants) and for a part of the operation the anaesthesia did not work – so that hurt a whole lot more. Healing was fast and easy as well, i just did as I was told and everything turned out fine. Gladly I did neither bleed a lot nor had circulation issues which is something I suffer from since a few years. But tattooing did not have a big influence on my circulation, even though it is rather big for a first tattoo (that’s what Ella said).
I had been looking for an artist in Munich for a long time, but I didn’t really find anyone to my personal liking, until I found Ella (on the website & instagram). She is really talented and we talked about cats and tv shows so that was very nice.
The idea was mine, the deigns entirely hers, I just asked for a coloured neotradional version of the insects and that’s what I got. For me the moth is based on a caterpillar my best friend and grandpa found years ago and grandpa looked it up. He found out it was a spurge hawkmoth – since I wanted a moth anyway and really like the look of this particular one, I just went for one that has a bit of a connection to my childhood (very cheesy, I know). And the bumble bee is mainly because I love bumble bees, actually I was thinking about getting a bee for Pushing Daisies, but I really love bumble bees, so I went for that. Also I’m pretty sure I will get a few things to represent Pushing Daisies. With this one (or two) I am really happy and I love how my two little insects turned out.