I originally didn’t plan to blog until next year, but I have the biggest urge to get a tattoo of a simple quote in my inner left bicep (don’t worry, this is not on impulse, I’ve been thinking of getting on for a while and now just worked up the courage to do so) aaaaaaaaaaaaand, I need advice/tips from those who got inked!
Design / /
I’m planning on getting the quote “be at peace, not in pieces.” tattooed in either Arabic (تكون في سلام، وليس في قطعة) or Punjabi (ਅਮਨ ਤੇ, ਨਾ ਟੁਕੜੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੋਣੀ). Right now, I’m in the process of getting the phrase translated by my friends that are native speakers of the language; I originally found the Arabic quote on Tumblr but seeing all those horror of mistranslation of languages tattooed, I’m making sure it’s getting translated by a native speaker instead of trusting the internet/Google translate.
Size / /
Not extremely small. Perhaps, like picture #1 (below) or picture #4 (below) but in a clearer script. So, I guess a medium size?
Tattoo parlor and artist / /
I’ve already found my ideal place to get tattooed, and I trust the staff at the store because I’ve gotten pretty much most of my piercings done there. The staff is super friendly, knowledgeable and calm. I’m planning to head down there sometime in January to get a consultation.
Approximate ideal location / /
Experiences & Pain / /
This is my first tattoo so I don’t have any experience whatsoever. However, I have multiple piercings (cartilages, ears, nose, tongue and navel) and none of them was painful whatsoever. I don’t know my pain tolerance, I’ve always thought it was low but the fact that I’ve gotten a lot of piercings without flinching proves otherwise?? I’m not sure. I enjoy getting immunization shots too… so it’s safe to say I don’t have a fear of needles. I’m a fairly skinny girl but my biceps does have some meat to it, lol.
Any tips for reducing nerves, pain, or aftercare process? How was your first tattoo experience like?
Also, pleaseeee help me choose between Punjabi or Arabic. The phrase was originally written in Arabic so it looks beautiful, but I love (and everyone knows this) India and the Punjabi culture which is why I’m considering Punjabi. I feel like I’m leaning towards Punjabi more but in terms of the design and look, I feel like Arabic is slightly more beautiful and creative.