My first tattoos!!
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Most people would assume that I, out of all people, would never get a tattoo. It was somewhat true as I hate pain, plus never thought of myself as a “tattoo girl” Why did I change my mind and why now?
My dad passed away almost 6 months ago, and it was truly the worst day of my life. I loved my dad so incredibly much and was very close to him, so I wanted something to honor and remember him by. The best permanent reminder of him would be a tattoo.
My dad’s and my “thing” was music- I inherited my musical talent from him (I was a music teacher for many years before starting Makeup Geek). So it was fitting to get this heart shaped symbol with the treble and bass clef- inside the heart is his initials. I had it engraved on my wrist so that every day I would see it and think of him.
When my tattooing ordeal was over, I completely broke down and cried like a baby- definitely wasn’t expecting that! It wasn’t even because of the horrible pain (omg. the wrist area on me was SO sensitive!), but because I was reminded that my dad is no longer with me. I guess it’s bittersweet… Is a final reminder that he is gone, but still always with me in memory and in spirit. I’m very happy that my first tattoo was in honor of someone I loved so much.
Why get my tattoo in Paris? I figured since my dad couldn’t come here with me (I’d been talking about coming to Paris for years, so I know my dad would be proud that I finally did it), that I could pretend he was here. I brought my dad to Paris
So… today was an emotional roller coaster, yet one of the best days I’ve ever had! There were 4 of us going together to get tattoos- Nicola (she got a dragonfly on her foot), Kristen (she got a hummingbird on her back), and Helene – a popular french beauty blogger and my friend (she got ivy leaves on her wrist). It was such a bonding experience that I would never forget! My friend Nina also came to be supportive. It was such an amazing group of very special women.
My other tattoo I got was on my foot- it says “La Vita e Bella” which means in Italian: “Life is Beautiful”. It’s very fitting as I’m half Italian and feel so blessed with my life- I really do believe my life is beautiful! I can’t believe after the horrible pain of my wrist tattoo that I actually went through with getting a foot one, but it didn’t hurt too bad and was so quick! Nicola was shocked that I followed through I figured I made it through the first one, might as well do the other!
Our tattoo artist was amazing! He was so patient with all of us and did beautiful work. He kept asking “is ok?” during my clenching my scarf around my neck- it’s a miracle I didn’t choke myself with how tight I was holding it! hahaha. I will never do another wrist tattoo, but may consider one somewhere else less painful No regrets though as both tattoos are amazing- I love them!
Alright, time for bed- this day was utterly exhausting in many ways. Thanks for sharing my tattoo experience with me
OH, and check back in a bit for more pictures- Nicola took some that I’ll post later (she’s passed out in bed as her foot tattoo hurt pretty badly )
Sorry these pictures are rough- I took with my phone and they look kind of gross all wrapped up. LOL
I’ll take more pics tomorrow once they’re not so raw
Marlena’s wrist tattoo
Marlena’s wrist tattoo
Marlena’s foot tattoo