I never get my legs out.
No seriously, if you go back through this blog there are probably four instances in which my legs will be out out, and when I say out out I don’t mean causing bad behaviour in a nightclub somewhere. I mean not covered by trousers, a long dress or skirt or black tights.
See I have an issue with my legs. Not because there’s anything wrong with them as such, but because I’m not exactly enamoured with my leg tattoos anymore. I realise I haven’t discussed my tattoos on my blog yet, and a tattoo and piercings video and post is something that is massively on the cards for this year once I’ve figured out how to film it and once I feel comfortable enough with my body to bare the amount of skin that will be needed to show them off properly.
I started getting tattooed straight after my 18th birthday after many years of considering what I wanted. My first tattoo was a tiny one on my right wrist, just to test the water before I began working on my larger pieces. As it currently stands, I have both sides of my ribs tattooed, my right hip, both feet, both thighs and a 3/4 sleeve on my right arm.
My left thigh features my lil’ sailor girl, Sasha. I got her done when I was 18 and to begin with I absolutely loved her. I mean I still love the design, and probably wouldn’t even be having these thoughts if I didn’t get my other thigh tattooed as well. My right thigh features a neo-traditional style stag which was done free of charge for me as it was done by my tattooist’s apprentice. It’s not terrible, however it does need fixing. It’s still only line work as after sitting for 3 hours we hadn’t even gotten to the shading stage and I couldn’t sit for much longer.
Now again, I love the design, but I just don’t love the placement. I’m a short girl, that’s the only way I can be described, and therefore having these two massive tattoos on my thighs just makes my legs look even shorter.
I’ve considered laser removal, dermabrasion and even skin grafts to get rid of them, but I’m too scared of the pain and potential scarring to go through with the processes. It’s frustrating though – I hate getting my legs out in the summer, I can’t wear anything patterned as they clash with the ink – I find the whole thing so frustrating.
I guess the whole point of this post is to discuss the thought processes that need to go into any tattoo. Most people think about the design first, placement second, and size probably last of all which was how I used to go about my tattoos in the past too. Now however, I have to consider the process as a whole which is what I categorically did not do with my legs.
Like I mentioned above, the design of my legs isn’t the problem, and neither really is the size. It’s the placement and the proportion of my thigh that is taken up by the tattoo vs my body height and shape – something that when I was 18 I would never have even considered. My advice to anybody thinking of getting tattooed would be to make sure you’ve firmly considered the implication of the size and placement of your design before you go through with it to make sure you don’t have tattoo regret like I do 6 years later.
Do you have any tattoos that you regret or are you thinking of getting your first one? Let me know in the comments below.
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