Fixing my Phoenix Tattoo

You remember a while ago, way back in October, I shared a post for #Blogtober16 about my tattoos and piercings. Well since that a few things have changed, including a few extra piercings and adapting a couple of my existing tattoos to make them better. The first of these was the phoenix tattoo on my right upper arm.

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The reason I decided to make some changes to this tattoo, (which, by the way was the first I ever had)ย  was because of the fact that I fell out of love with it a very long time ago. Not only is it not quite what I was hoping for, but as my eldest daughter has grown up she began to call it a parrot. Not quite what you want when you have a phoenix tattoo to symbolise the fact you have overcome the adversity you faced in your past.

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I spoke to a local tattoo artist, who agreed to help me have a do over on my tattoo. We discussed what I was looking for, and I booked in my appointment to get my phoenix made into a proper phoenix, complete with a few cherry blossoms to boot.

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After freehand drawing on a new design over the top of my existing tattoo with black biro and red permanent marker, I got to have a sneaky peak at it in the mirror.   I could see the outline of what it was to become when I looked at my reflection,  and was super excited, and happy with the new design. That meant it was time to get the real work started. The permanent part. 

After a deep breath and expecting it to be super painful, I was surprised that it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be.  The last time I had a tattoo was over four years ago, before I got pregnant with Squidgy. In that time my mind had forgotten how it feels to have a tattoo, so it was a pleasant surprise to not be in as much pain as I was expecting. In fact it was so easy I took a couple of selfies and updated my Insta-stories!

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A couple of weeks later and my new tattoo was all healed, beautifully bright and colourful, and most certainly not a parrot anymore! I am so happy with the way it looks now, and love to show it off in short sleeve tops and dresses, instead of trying to hide it all the time.

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Best of all is the fact that my daughter now calls it a fire bird! #winning

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