I have emerged from this latest bout with the tattoo needle not only more decorative but wiser. I will now attempt to pass this wisdom on to you. Are you ready? Here goes.
If you find yourself struggling with a cold at the time of your tattoo appointment, if at all possible, reschedule the inking. You may not think that getting a tattoo would have any effect on a cold, and perhaps in the case of someone healthier than myself, it would not, but in my case, my body's immune system was not up to the task of fighting off a cold and dealing with thousands of ink bearing wounds at the same time. The past few days have not been fun as I've had to deal with feeling shitty from the cold, feeling sore from the tattoos and feeling useless from my general inability to function normally. Oh, I also lost my voice which makes me an even less effective parent.
As promised, here are some pictures from the grand event.
Here I am in the chair as Zack works. For the record, that's my "I'm smiling so that I don't pass out" face. It ain't pretty.
Here's the finished product. I decided to go with some shading, per Zach's suggestion and I think it makes all the difference. Without the shading, it's a logo, with it, it's a shield. Bonus!
Here's another view, to give an idea as to the total size and placement. It's 3.5 inches in diameter for those keeping track at home.
Here's my tiny, mottled Batman tattoo before being touched up.
And here it is after having the black touched up and the yellow filled in. I know that it looks orange, but that's just because of the blood. Ew. When it heals it'll look yellow. The same thing happened with my Superman tattoo.
Overall, I'm very happy with both pieces, however I think it will be quite some time before I get another one, if I do at all. I had forgotten how uncomfortable it is to sit in that chair. Perhaps I'm just getting older, but between the needle and the uncomfortable position of my arm, I was pretty dang happy for it to all be over. The aftercare is a bit of a pain as well, but it comes with the territory I guess. For now, I'm happy with what I have and can't think of what else I'd want anyways, so it seems like a good time to stop. That is until I forget what it feels like.
For those in the Atlanta area, shopping for some new ink, I can't recommend Zack and Psycho Tattoo enough. Zack was very professional and very easy to talk to, which is helpful as chatting helps to keep your mind off of the pain. I went to the Psycho Tattoo in Roswell, technically Psycho Tattoo 2, so if you need some work done, head on over an tell 'em Brandon sent ya. Actually, you can tell them whatever you want as they won't remember who I am anyways.