How old were you when you got your tattoo?
I got my first tattoo at 21 (I have four total now)
What prompted the decision?
My mom has a bunch of tattoos, and I always loved the look of them (I had a serious Johnny Depp phase in middle school...), so it was always something that I wanted to do once I figured out what I wanted done.
How did you feel right after you got it?
Brave! The piece was pretty damn big for a first tattoo, and I got through it with no issues; it didn't hurt anywhere close to as badly as I'd anticipated. I loved that from then on, I'd always have ink poking out from under a t-shirt so everyone would know how ~cool~ I was, haha. A lil' juvenile, but I felt like I'd finally cemented my edgy aesthetic.
How do you feel about the tattoo now?
I don't love her as much as I did at the time, but it was a loose homage to my mom and a band we both love, so I definitely don't regret it. Taking tattoos too seriously sort of takes the art and fun out of them, in my opinion. You shouldn't be the same person with the same taste at age 21 and age 41—if you wait to find a tattoo that defies time, you'll never make up your mind (and if that's really your bottom line, it might not be a good idea to get one at all).
Is there anything you wish you considered before getting tattooed?
I wish I'd spent more time looking for an artist that could really nail the design I wanted. My guy didn't do a bad job whatsoever, but I could've looked harder instead of going with the first recommendation I got. Also, all tattoos fade (read: WEAR SUNSCREEN or don't bother paying for a tattoo!), but some shops' black ink is black black, while others are kind of blueish and turn bluer over time...I know now that I like sharp, pure black, but I didn't know that back then.
If you could do it all over again, would you? Why or why not?
Yup! I used to think tattoos needed to maintain their personal relevance forever, but that's really not the case. I like to think of my tats as a little body scrapbook, tiny snippets of who I was at 21, 23, 26, etc. that I'll always be able to carry with me and look back on.
Taryn Pire, Associate Food Editor