Monthly Archives: March 2012


When I first turned 18, I knew I wanted a tattoo. Regardless of what some family and society told me, I knew I was ready for the commitment of a large back piece.

After searching around for the right shop and artist, I finally found Curtis at Tribal Rites in Fort Collins, CO. He had an incredible portfolio and many people eager to recommend him. I went for a consult, gave the $100 deposit, and made an appointment.

All of this was back in November 2011. As a gifted tattoo artist, Curtis was booked out for several months, leaving me to wait for my turn over the course of almost 5 months. My appointment is set for noon on March 29th, a mere 3 days away from today. Having already sat down for a final consult a few days ago, he is drawing up my design, and I am left wondering what amazing design he will come up with. The design I gave him for a reference is here, a silhouetted black tree, very similar to what I will be getting.

There is nothing better or worse than the anticipation of a life and body-altering event. Tattoo #3, here I come.

UPDATE: April 2, 2012

The first session for this tattoo went wonderfully. The progress so far can be found on the My Ink page under “Inner Beauty”

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Ink Tip #1

The anticipation of pain before a tattoo can be overwhelming, especially if it’s going to be your first one.

The quick “solution” to this problem is usually to get drunk to dull that pain. As effective as that might be, having alcohol in your system thins your blood, making bleeding a for sure problem during your ink session. Excessive bleeding can make the ink difficult to control, leading to a not-so-perfect tattoo (now we wouldn’t want that!)

The correct solution? Ibuprofen. Or Advil. Helping to keep swelling down and ease the pain, taking a noninflammatory half an hour before your ink session is the sure fire way to help with the tattoo burn and tingle.

(If you are getting ready for a long tattoo session, 3-6 hours, make sure to take ibuprofen when time allows to avoid a sudden on-come of pain)

Good Luck and Happy Inking!

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