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Phoenix Feather Tattoo

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Just a picture of my first tattoo. You're welcome to comment, but I'd appreciate it if you didn't leave any comments about how I shouldn't have gotten it. Believe me, I've heard it all.

Pain
The first thing anyone thinks about when getting a tattoo for the first time is how much it's going to hurt. I spent months trying to decide the perfect place, and when I decided to get this tattoo on my neck/behind the ear, I was especially concerned about that. I did hurt, but not as much as you would think. It hurt a LOT less than I was expecting, (especially in a place where there's so many nerves) I actually think a pinch hurts more, it's just that this pain in more drawn out, which makes it uncomfortable. However, it was never more than I could bear. Actually, I'm really ticklish, and I was having trouble keeping still because I was laughing too much.

Visibility
When I first started thinking about a tattoo, I wanted my tattoo to be covered up, so that I could have the choice of showing it or hiding it. I never in a million years thought I would get it here, but it's actually quite perfect. I don't really like to do much with my hair, and I prefer to keep it down, so it naturally hides itself, and if I ever want to show it off, I just put my hair up.


Symbolism: What this tattoo means to me.
1. I'm a gamer (and I want to go into the video game industry), and a feather has various references to games such as God of War, Assassin's Creed, ect.

3. I moved to Brazil as an exchange student, and My host mom in Brazil calls me "Passarinho" aka "little bird". Also, the name of my school is Colegio Senhora da Pena (pena, meaning feather). I wanted something to remember my time here and my classmates who made it so special, and this seemed like a more subtle way to do it rather than getting "Brazil" tattooed on my ass.

4. Again, a reference to Brazil. As an exchange student, i'm changing so much as a person. I don't even recognize who I was before all this started, and all the better. I've gone so many hard things in my life, and I was kind of a scarred person before I came here, but Brazil is putting me back together better than I was before. This tattoo is also about how I've been, for a lack of a better word, reborn as this new person, as phoenix is reborn from it's ashes. I know it seems kind of cheesy, but it's true, and I don't expect anyone else to fully understand without having experienced what I've gone through for themselves.
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trybalwings's avatar
If you don't mind me saying so...

This is a beautiful representation of your inner being, placed in living color on the outside where people can see and appreciate it. 
AmandaRains111's avatar
Omg! I love it! The design. The placement. The coloring. Very Awesome!
Hiitaru's avatar
I really like the placement! Did you use my design? If you did I would be really flattered :D
AnnaTheSpanner's avatar
A beautiful tattoo and a great story behind it. :)
rukia3738's avatar
I love your tattoo, and your explanation about it's meaning only make it better. I know lots of people do not understand the beauty of tattoos, but it doesn't matter, it's their loss. Thanks for sharing both your tattoo and your experience.
rukia3738's avatar
Hi again, I just wanted to share this drawing with you:

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I made it using your tattoo as an inspiration, I gave you credit for that and add a link to your photo, tell me if you like it.
Slightly-Spartan's avatar
Thank you so very much! I left you a comment on you're drawing! It's stunning.
rukia3738's avatar
Thank You so much, I'm glad you like it
tonitomes's avatar
wow, i love this tattoo, phoenix and feathers mean so much to me too, i have a tat of a feather myself, so many people don't understand the meanings behind them!
Slightly-Spartan's avatar
I completely agree! Most people who don't really like tattoos think it's silly, but everyone else has been really understanding and appreciative of the art and meaning behind it :)
Beautiful. I have a tatt of the whole Phoenix. I do understand the feeling of being reborn but for different reasons. Next year I will be officially 5 years cancer free. I'm going to get a feather tattooed over the scar where my portacath was in the same colors as yours so it matches my Phoenix.
Slightly-Spartan's avatar
Wow, that is absolutely amazing and sounds like an absolutely beautiful work of art. Congratulations!
prettyflour's avatar
This has been featured in my journal!

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Slightly-Spartan's avatar
Thank you so much for the feature!
DreJay's avatar
:wow:

I. LOVE.


Seriously, it is so perfect :D It is everything I imagined it would be! Bravo!!!
Slightly-Spartan's avatar
Awww, you are so sweet. thanks so much!
HappenedtoLive's avatar
Wooooow!!! I want one as well, does it hurt there?
<3
KHDPhotography's avatar
Not as much as you would think. It's going to hurt, but it hurt a LOT less than I was expecting, especially in a place where there's so many nerves. Actually, I'm really ticklish, and I was having trouble keeping still because I was laughing.
Sahnie's avatar
I'm one of the people who would only get a tatto at a spot where nobody can see it except the person I want to; and I always thought nowadays this is impossible when you think of going swimming half naked etc. . But you just showed me the perfect spot and a very nice tattoo.

It looks very beautiful, and I hope it didn't hurt too much, cause I can imagine this spot to be very sensitive. o.o

If I ever want a small tattoo, I guess now I know where I'll do it.
KHDPhotography's avatar
Yeah, I was the same way. I wanted my tattoo to be covered up, so that I could have the choice of showing it. I never in a million years thought I would get it here, but it's actually quite perfect. I always have my hair down, so it naturally hides itself, and if I ever want to show it off, I just put my hair up :)

It didn't hurt as much as you would think. It hurt, but it hurt a LOT less than I was expecting, especially for a place with so many nerves. Actually, I'm really ticklish, and I was having trouble keeping still because I was laughing.

Thank you so much for your support :) If you ever get the tattoo, link me the photo :) I would love to see it.
NoNameAnime's avatar
love it!!!! did it hurt when you got the tattoo? just wondering
KHDPhotography's avatar
Not as much as you would think. It hurt a LOT less than I was expecting, especially in a place where there's so many nerves, and it never hurt more than I could bear (and I'm a bit of a baby). Actually, I'm really ticklish, and I was having trouble keeping still because I was laughing.
NoNameAnime's avatar
haha. a lot of my friends scare me and tell me that getting a tattoo is the most painful thing. but at least its good to know that it won't hurt as much as people say:)
KHDPhotography's avatar
hahah seriously, stubbing your toe hurts more, in my opinion. Tattoos are just a different kind of pain. you just have to get used to it, but don't worry :)
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