I’ve always been hesitant about getting a tattoo. When I was younger, my parents would often talk down upon them and make them seem like they were completely inappropriate. Even though I’ve always wanted one, I could never shake off my mother’s voice telling me how upset she would be if I ever were to get one. That was years and years ago. Back then, tattoos were looked down upon. These days, if you turn on a televised sporting event, you’ll notice how many professional athletes have tattoos. Whether it’s a basketball game or a soccer game, you’ll notice the majority of the players have tattoos. It’s become much more socially acceptable to have a tattoo, and that’s why I took the plunge and finally got one.
One thing I did do is I respected my mother’s wishes. She finally gave in and knew it was inevitable that I was going to get one, so she had one request, get it where no one could see with clothing on. I could live with that. Much like Kevin Durant, his mother had the same request. If you watch Kevin Durant playing, you’ll never see any tattoo on his arm or leg, but he has many on his chest and back. It’s just covered while he plays because of his jersey. So I figured I could live with that request and get on my back.
The next step was for me to pick what art or design I wanted. At the end of the day, I wanted something subtle and meaningful. So I went with a cross on my left shoulder blade with my grandmother’s name under it. My grandmother meant a lot to me, and after she passed a way, it’s been tough. This is my way of showing my respect to her. I read online that the area where I wanted to get it might be more painful, but I figured if it’s going to be my first tattoo, it’s going to hurt no matter what.
Today was finally the day. I did my research and found the tattoo artist I wanted. Ultimately, I chose Rob Goodkind of goodkindtattoo.com. From there, I took one last deep breath, sat down, and got the first portion of my tattoo finished! It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The stuff you read online seems so exaggerated. I mean, yeah there was a little bit of pain, but nothing the average person wont be able to handle.
I do have to go back to my second session where he will put the final touches on my tattoo. I’m excited for how the final product is going to turn out. The moral of everything is, if you’re my age, some things may have not been acceptable back while we were growing up. As time has gone on, so has the ideologies of the majority of our society. Go out and do the thing you want to do. Don’t be worried about what people will think or say. Now is your time. Just go out there and do it!