Wednesday, 4 April 2012

I did a real tattoo!!

Hahaha, an actual tattoo on an actual person!
The person was one of my best friends (Pauline Carney AKA Enola Autumn) and she sat so well, especially since I wasn't at my most confident and it took me a good few hours.
I did it last friday and I should have blogged about it last week but I was completely frazzled, it's taken me until now to have the time to do it. It took me a long time to do that first line and although I have a long way to go and need to improve my lines a lot, once I'd settled into it the linework was the most straightforward part for me. The shading was completely different to the pigskin, the ink didn't go in anywhere near as quickly and I was concerned I was going to make the whole tattoo too dark! I was also worried about over-working and blowouts, since these aren't really issues on the pigskin, but I did alright, John kept a close watch on me and helped me through. So here is a photograph of my first tattoo...

We're going to do a lot more to it yet, it's going to end up being a full gypsy lady head and shoulders with roses and butterflies, but this is it for now. I know I still have a long way to go and so much to learn but this is a start. Thank you so much Pauline and John, I don't know what I'd have done without you :)
This week I got tattooed myself, by Jen who works at the shop too (!/talloola), she did some lovely flowers and a ladybird on my foot. It was agony! I give in before she'd finished, foot tattoos really hurt, so we've still got some leaves and background to finish in the future. My foot is currently swollen and sore, it's gone down since yesterday when it looked like a balloon but I still have a very fat foot and ankle today. It's going to take a long time to forget how much it hurt so that I can eventually get the other foot tattooed! :D

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