I don’t think I’ve officially shared my new arm tattoo with you yet. This is my new bat tattoo on my right arm. I sat for this tattoo the week that Phaedra died, which is why I haven’t blogged about it.
I went to Forbidden Images Tattoo Studio to see my friend Stefanee Schofield to get my adorable bat tattoo. I sent Stefanee reference images of different styles of bats – tribal tattoos, henna tattoos, and more – for her to come up with my unique piece.
Here’s what the bat tattoo looked like after the initial outline was inked in black. The beads and gems coming off the bat were done in purple, magenta, and turquoise blue. I love how it looks like there’s lace inset in the wings.
What to Wear to Get a Tattoo
If you’re wondering what to wear to get a tattoo, dress comfortably! I wore my TomboyX Lunar bralette and panties, my Sourpuss Creepy tank top (similar shirt) and my favorite HeathYoga leggings with pockets. You basically want something that you can relax in, so lounge wear works best for me. See the most comfortable loungewear ever!
Sensitive Skin and Tattoos
If you have sensitive skin like I do, where almost everything irritates it, I recommend you use something like Zensa Numbing cream to help deal with your skin. My skin gets irritated and hives over things like laundry detergent with dyes and fragrances, so I consider this a necessity! Zensa has 5% lidocaine in it. It doesn’t change the skin texture, affect color settling, color retention, or constrict blood vessels.
Best Place to Get Your First Tattoo
My first tattoo was on my inner wrist. My second tattoo was on my right thigh. My third was on my hand. My fourth was on my wrist and forearm. And my fifth was on my right shoulder. The best place to get your first tattoo is on the shoulder because you can barely feel the needle. So if you’re worried about being able to handle getting a tattoo, start there.
How to Heal Your Tattoos Fast
The best way I’ve found to heal your tattoos fast is to use Saniderm Bandages. The only exception to this was my wrist tattoo because I bend too much in the wrist for the Saniderm to adhere properly. The Saniderm makes it so you wet heal the first 5 days after your tattoo. This helps the color to be more vibrant and you’re less likely to reject the ink.
For my first tattoo Dave and I got matching Ampersands with a purple heart on our right wrists. These tattoos symbolize ‘Embrace the Power of And for Love’ and are representative of polyamory for us. Only the bottom right corner of this tattoo hurt me. We got these tattoos on Dec. 31, 2018.
My second tattoo is this LGBTQIA poodle. It was created using no black ink, all watercolor. I knew I wanted some sort of poodle tattoo and it took me a long time to decide on this design. From the left side of the face towards my inner thigh was incredibly painful for this one, but the rest of the thigh didn’t hurt at all. I got this tattoo on February 14, 2019.
I love my triple moon goddess tattoo, which was my third tattoo. The Triple Moon is commonly recognized as the Maiden (waxing moon), Mother (full moon) and Crone (waning moon). I got this tattoo on May 31, 2019.
My Henna Wrist tattoo was my fourth tattoo and one that I had trouble healing, so I had to come back and get it touched up. The wrist is a difficult area to heal in my experience. I got this tattoo on July 7, 2019.
And here’s my finished fifth tattoo, my bisexual pride bat named Bacchus. I think he’s gorgeous! He healed super fast, too! I got this tattoo done on Oct. 1, 2019.
Stefanee created my cute little bat, added beads and gems to it, and then we had to decide on color. I chose pink, purple and blue for the bisexual pride flag. I honestly love how colorful my bat turned out.
Bats are symbolic of intuition, dreams, the ability to see through the bullshit, good communication, rebirth and depth, and it’s also representative of an Air element. Since I cut several people who were narcissists or had BPD out of my life this year, I can certainly use all the help I can get at seeing through people’s bullshit, manipulation and lies.
Dave named my rainbow poodle tattoo Sparkle so I let Ray name this bat. He named the bat Bacchus, after the god of revelry and wine.
Future Planned Tattoos
I’ve decided I’m going to do a full sleeve on my right arm. I talked to Stefanee about how I want to try to fit a wolf and serpent on the sleeve, filling the spaces in between with the henna style swirls, stars and moons I love.
I want to get an ankh inset with a gem on my left shoulder. I’d like a raven with wings outspread beneath it. I’ve also got Phaedra’s paw print that I’m going to get tattooed on my left calf. And I want some sort of gorgeous gem and flower sternum tattoo. I think I’d also like to get some sort of tattoo that is a representation of Rhiannon (a Celtic deity).
Do you have any tattoos? What’s their meaning? What are your planned tattoos?
If you’re local to Tampa, see my girl Stefanee at Forbidden Images Tattoo Studio!
Natalie Quay says
I love your tattoos! I have an ankh on my left shoulder also. It’s blue and black with a metalic look to it. I also have the Chinese symbol for ‘hope’ (but reads as to hope/to wish) on my pelvis. I’d love to get more.
Katie Marie says
That bat tattoo is so pretty! The coloring is perfection and SO beautiful!
My Nail Polish Obsession says
I love the bat! He’s awesome! Have no tattoos, I can never decide on something I want.
I love the bat!!! The coloring gives it an almost whimsical vibe. I love tattoos and have a long list of to get. I currently have five and the upper thigh was my easiest. The one on my lower back over my kidney region was by far my worse on pain level!
25 Sweetpeas says
All of them are so vibrant than others I usually see on people! Great art!
I really like the matching tattoos you got with Dave. That’s such a cute design!
Thank you so much!
Rachel Runyan says
I have 13 tattoos. None of them have any meanings: They are just things I like and make me happy. My husband and I got matching tiger faces for one of our anniversaries, though, and my foot butterflies are in my kids’ favorite colors. If I had the money, I’d be covered in tattoos. I do plan to get more. I want a Gooty sapphire ornamental tree spider (aka Peacock Tarantula) on my right shoulder. I’d love to get a rainforest-themed sleeve on my right arm. I’d also love a big Alice in Wonderland themed piece on my back or left sleeve. First, I need to get a coverup on one of my ankle tattoos. I let someone practice, and it’s not good. lol
I love your theme idea for a sleeve!
Thanks for all the tips! Your new tattoo idea is awesome!
Thank you Sylwia!