I can remember the exact moment when I decided I was going to heavily tattoo my body. It was about a year and half after I had lost our quads. I was laying bed flipping through instagram and feeling extremely angry, bitter, and just down right hateful. I felt this fire ball of emotions just brewing inside me and I had no way to release it. Therapy once a week was helping me not be a balling crazy person, but nothing was getting rid of the anger. And I was NOT on speaking terms with God at this point. I rationalized with myself that I needed to make my outsides match how chaotic my insides were feeling. But instead of getting EFF THE STORK across my knuckles, i decided to go with something a little more uplifting, something that I've loved ever since I was a child. Disney Princesses. A lot of people ask how I decided on 8 I have and its really simple. I wanted to get the Princesses that to me were classics. The ones were somewhere in the world you could find their stories on VHS. haha.
I had gone to artists who specialize in black and gray portraits and they were NOT about doing portraits on my fingers lol, Which I totally get. Its a lot of detail in a TINY space, and the fingers are notorious for not holding ink over the years. I get it. But that doesn't mean I didn't want them still lol. Id seen it done similar on another girl but much smaller and on the lower part of the fingers. I wanted mine like THUG style if that makes sense lol.
After LOTS of research I decided to go with Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor in Upland, CA. Yes, Cory Millers shop. I had gotten tattooed there many times previously and was really comfortable and the artist I go to there is exquisite! His name Is Neil Wilson. He he an phenomenal artist and tattooer! He specializes in traditional tattoos but anything I've brought his way to get done, he has knocked outta the park!
We went over which poses for each princess would fit best on each finger, and then after drawing them up he had to shrink them dramatically! I have really tiny fingers lol. Our first session lasted around 2-3 hours and we did my left hand, 3 Princesses.
It cost around $200
I WILL say, the pain level....holy crap! This is the ONLY time I've ever started a tattoo where I thought "WTF am i doing?!" lol I remember right before Neil Started he apologized for how much it was going to hurt..lol. I only felt light headed once for a moment but thats it.
My second session we focused on JUST my thumbs... and OH EMM GEE! The pain level prior was a 10, but the thumbs???? 45 lol easy! I don't know if its because there is more bone? But holy hot DAMN did those hurt! It took around 2 hours because I had to stop shaking lol. My body was just like Bubba wtf are you damn doing! They came out GREAT tho! But to this day I have yet to get them touched up lol
This is the only tattoo I've ever gotten that after when getting in my car I started crying lol My husband looked at me and was like "OMG whats wrong?!".....i just sunk my head and said "That shit hurt so bad." LOL.
Pardon the shine, this photo was taken after I had put Aquaphor on top of them.
This session cost around $200
**I take care of my tattoos by using plain yellow dial anti bacterial soap, and Aquaphor. And I'm constantly constantly CONSTANTLY putting unscented lotion on.***
The next girls to join the gang were Pocahontas, Belle, and Mulan. These we did in one session as well. Id like to say they didn't hurt as bad because I knew what to expect but that would be a damn lie! lol these fools hurt just as bad! Pocahontas probably hurt the most cuz that damn necklace went right over my knuckle bone.
This session was about 3 hours and cost around $200
The other tattoos I have randomly on my knuckles are an outline of Minnie Mouse's Head and my Cake Company Logo from when I used to own a bakery.
People ask me all the time if it stops me from getting jobs or anything like that. SOMETIMES during interviews I've noticed people focusing more on whats on my fingers than what I'm saying lol but i like to keep it funky and ill bring it up and work them into conversation. I've never NOT gotten hired because of my finger tattoos. If anything I think it helps people see a side of me they are not going to see from a resume or 15 min interview.
There is something about getting tattooed- for me at least. The pain is very therapeutic. Its a type of pain that allows something inside of me to heal. When I'm getting tattooed and if I start to feel pain I take deep breathes and focus anything thats weighing on my heart in that moment onto that pain and it almost creates a state of Euphoria. A Zen like state to where my mind isn't running a million miles an hour and my heart isn't hurting.. I'm channeling everything I'm feeling into the physical pain I'm feeling. Not to get all 12 kinds of Buddha on you lol.
If you are thinking of getting your fingers tattooed, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Make sure you are getting something that you don't mind being the first thing people see. Make sure you research an artist who is capable of doing what you want and be prepared for the pain! haha.