MY FIRST TATTOO: My Experience & the Meaning Behind it
On Sunday my family and I headed to Metamorphosis Tattoo & Piercing in Broadripple while I was home on fall break. My dad and I had both been wanting these specific tattoos for months now and have been counting down to when it would finally happen. I was so excited to share this experience with my dad and to have the rest of the fam plus one of my best friends Kylie there as well. I wasn’t too nervous, but definitely not excited about how much I thought it was going to hurt…
After showing the artist the designs, there was a bit of an issue with mine and the sizing of the letters. He was afraid that in a few years, because of how dainty and small I wanted it, that the ink in the smaller letters would eventually run together into a big blob. That was definitely not what I wanted to happen so I was initially really disappointed because I wanted it to look a specific way. While I began to look for a new font, he started on my Dad’s tattoo.
My dad’s only took about 50 minutes and turned out incredible. This feather has a a deeper meaning to it, but long story short he got this because it reminds him of his grandma who passed away a little less than a year ago. When my dad was finished, I still had yet to find a font I loved that would work and not have to be so big on my ankle so the letters wouldn’t run together. Another tattoo artist recognized my dilemma and offered to try and make it work for me. He took the design I had originally decided on and modified it a bit, and offered to tattoo it for me. He let me know he specializes in lettering and I was so thankful that he was able to squeeze me into his schedule and alter it to make sure it was exactly what I wanted.
I was absolutely shocked at how little this actually hurt!! I was anticipating something a lot more painful. It wasn’t exactly a comfortable feeling, but it wasn’t terrible either. I can definitely see how they are so addicting for some people. When I got my daith cartilage pierced in hopes of it helping get rid of my headaches, that hurt much worse so this tattoo wasn't bad at all. I’m sure something a lot bigger or in a different location would’ve been a different story, but this only took 20 minutes and was so quick and easy.
I am absolutely obsessed with the final product. Paul did an incredible job and I could not be happier with how it turned out. The words “child of God” have been so important to me for years and I am so glad I was finally able to get them permanently inked on me. No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music sings the words, “I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God”. Being someone who worries wayyyyy too much and deals with a little bit of anxiety, this verse has become my anthem. With the Lord on my side and being confident in my true identity in Him, there is no reason to be afraid and that fear doesn’t hold me back anymore. This tattoo represents my worth, my identity, and my hope all in one statement. In this world, there are so many things that I use to label myself. I am a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend, a student, an Alpha Chi Omega, a blogger and so on, but most importantly, I am a child of God. One of my most favorite verses that inspired this tattoo is 1 John 3:1 which states, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”. Because of His great love for us, we get to rest in the fact that we are His children and we were fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. I could truly go on and on and on about how much this tattoo means to me and other little stories of it’s significance, but I’ll spare you the long explanation. Overall, I truly could not love this tattoo more and I am so excited to have it forever.
Shoutout to Paul Breece and Trevor Patton at Metamorphosis for their incredible work!!! If you’re interested in booking an appointment with them or seeing more of their work, check out the website here .