A real entry about the Tattooing experience

Yesterday I worked my last shift selling beverage tickets and candy for a while. After I was done work, I met up with cyn and farohShelley. We determined that I needed food before I was going to get my tattoo, so we walked to Hernando’s Hideaway and enjoyed some very pleasing Mexican food. We then walked up Church street, making a brief detour to the sculpture garden where we got to see an entertaining sculpture of the CN Tower. If you’re in Toronto and can check this thing out, you should. It’s quite entertaining.

We continued to walk up Church street until we reached Exotix, the shop I had my tattoo appointment at. Upon entering, the first thing I saw was a large photo of a woman with the largest genital piercing I have ever seen. It was unnerving. Since I was not, however, getting a genital piercing (nor would I, it’s not my thing,) I didn’t run away screaming. I read through the ‘if you die it’s not our fault’ paper I had to sign before the shop would tattoo me, and signed it, naturally. I had to run up the street to grab some cash, since they don’t take Interac. All of these things took what seemed to be a very long time, although my sense of time I’m sure was completely skewed.

My tattooist, Shane, went through all the prep meticulously. They’re a very clean shop, and they want to make sure that the person being tattooed is completely aware of just how clean they are. While Shane was setting up and getting the ink ready, he suddenly paused and started blinking repeatedly. I was quite amused to learn that he had somehow managed to splash ink in his eye. At least it happened before he started tattoing, so he didn’t have to worry about getting any of my blood in his eyes. Poor guy. Anyhow, he washed his eye out and changed gloves, then carried on as before.

I had to straddle the tattoing chair sideways with my leg through the armrest for him to be able to tattoo my back. It felt a bit lop-sided, but I was glad to have an armrest to lean forward onto. I spent most of the time while I was being tattooed talking to Cyn and Shelley with crossed arms. I was occasionally gripping my arms pretty hard. On the wall in front of me I was staring at about 16 pictures of the Alien, which someone else had had tattooed on them previously – it was like a ‘from concept to completion’ photo study of sorts. Lots of different pictures of the Alien. I also watched Cyn knitting a lot – her scarf was fuzzy and soft and I loved it very much.

The thing about tattooing pain is that it really does hurt. Quite a lot sometimes, I would say. There were a few points when I could feel my back involuntarily twitching, but I did my best to stay as still as possible. Cyn tells me I did pretty well. I had no idea the entire time just how far along the tattoo was progressing, and I didn’t have a clock to look at, so basically the entire duration of the tattooing time had no meaning.

The other thing about tattoing pain is that it’s one of those pains you forget after it’s over… I can’t even recall it now, to be honest, and it was 24 hours ago.

And now here’s what you’ve been waiting for, I’m sure: Digital Photos of the new tattoo.

The red marks you see on my back are from the medical tape used to hold the bandage on overnight. That stuff smarts when you pull it off. In fact, it hurts more than the tattoo itself does. heh.


  • sirreal13

    May 17, 2004 at 9:41 pm

    Tasty new ink!!! I really like the design, but OWWWWWuch!!!

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      May 21, 2004 at 8:42 am

      Hehehe… it’s kind of tingly on the spine. 🙂

  • tjousk

    May 17, 2004 at 9:51 pm

    Ooh, Very nice!

  • ashkitty

    May 18, 2004 at 12:10 am

    Oooh, nice!!! 🙂

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      May 21, 2004 at 8:44 am

      thanks! Maybe you’ll actually get to see it for real-like sometime 🙂 We’ll be on that end of the country soon enough…

      • ashkitty

        May 21, 2004 at 11:28 am

        And then it will be time for a road trip! Yeah! 🙂

        I mean, it’s just plain odd not ever having met the two of you in real life after this many years!

  • strange

    May 18, 2004 at 3:57 am

    It looks very nice!

    I remember when I got my back done, I had that same involuntary twitching… I didn’t however have it with my leg. Odd. We’ll see how my arm fares in a month or so.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      May 21, 2004 at 8:45 am

      I didn’t get it on my shoulder, either. Might be something about needles near your spinal cord. Have fun with the arm!

  • linguafranca

    May 18, 2004 at 5:45 am

    Very pretty!

  • superjill

    May 18, 2004 at 7:35 am

    That’s really quite intricate. I’m impressed! (Both for the design, and for the pain-factor!)

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      May 21, 2004 at 8:46 am

      I want to get a better close-up shot of it so you can see how finely the tattoo artist managed to get the detailing. Hopefully soon. 🙂

  • cyn

    May 18, 2004 at 8:21 am

    i’m SOoooo happy at how it turned out, and completely impressed at the way you took the pain. woohoo!

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      May 21, 2004 at 8:46 am

      That’s cuz I’m not human 😉

      I’m very very happy with how it turned out. I just wish I owned a mirror…

  • daruba

    May 18, 2004 at 12:15 pm

    looks great!

  • msfancypants

    May 19, 2004 at 5:36 pm

    I can see how you could forget the pain. You’re not human. I watched you get your navel pierced. You are NOT human.


  • xoobee

    May 21, 2004 at 5:40 pm

    Very cool!
    Does the design have a name? It looks awfully familiar…

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      May 21, 2004 at 8:52 pm

      the spiral in the middle is a Triskel. The rest is dark crystal inspired doodles.

      • Anonymous

        June 5, 2004 at 9:47 pm

        I like cheese

        Reminds me of some of the designs in the Japanese horror film “Uzumaki”.

        Does this mean you’ll be turning into an inter-dimensional zombie soon?