Ok so I have been wanting to get a tattoo done for ages. I think I was 15 or so when I wanted to get a tattoo done because most of my favouite rock bands and artists had one or more than one. I’ve even blogged about it on a couple of times. One reason is that tattoos, even as they are getting more and more common, are still frowned upon where I live. Sure a lot more guys and girls have them these days but even 10-15 years back it was seen as not normal. Unless ofcourse it was a religious symbol (hypocrisy at it’s finest)!
Also from the age of say 21-31 I never knew of any tattoo parlours (a good one or even just a single one) in my hometown or in Kerala. I asked around and never found any. Most people here would go to Mumbai or Bangalore or Delhi to get theirs done and I never travelled. In the recent years a couple of tattoo parlours have sprung up in Cochin and other cities in Kerala but I just never got round to getting one done. This year I remember telling my cousin that we should go together and get inked but he wasn’t that enthused about it.
In Chennai it is more common so while I was at the mall on Friday I asked around for any tattoo parlours. There weren’t any in the mall or nearby but a store owner, who had a couple of tattoos guided me to a tattoo artist and his shop in Guindy, which is the area I was headed to next, and gave me his card as well. So off I went and met the tattoo artist, selected one design upon knowing that he wouldn’t do colour tattoos like red as the weather and our skin turns it into an ugly brown in a few weeks or months. So I went for all black. He took about an hour to do this and yes it did hurt but it was bearable pain.
Initially I could see a bit of red sores and swelling. I took care of it and applied the ointment he recommended to me. 2 days later on Sunday I took this snap, once I was back home in my apartment in Cochin. It’s starting to feel a lot like a normal tattoo. I am very happy with the tattoo.