I got my first tattoo

Let me start this by saying that I am beyond terrified of needles. Like so much so that when someone else gets a needle I pass out. So for me getting a tattoo was overcoming this extreme fear and then actually going forward with it.

I started out by using EMLA numbing cream on my leg because I was pretty sure that there was no other way this was happening. I went and sat through and waited for my step father to finish his tattoo first and then it was my turn. I very nearly chickened out but decided that I needed to go through with this because the meaning behind it was extremely powerful for me.

As soon as the work was started I settled down and realized that it really was not as bad as I thought. Then it hit me, i felt terrible and hot and sick I thought I was going to pass out. I ended up having him stop and asked for a cold cloth. After my sister got me a cold cloth I thought I was good to go, I was wrong haha. I had him stop and laid down on the floor. As soon as I laid down I felt great and I was able to allow him complete the work.

I am so in love with my tattoo and so glad I did it even though today it hurts, my fabulous husband has been helping me keep it clean and moist.

My sister has almost the same one and my mother got one with the breast cancer ribbon and angel wings around it. My mother is a 5 year survivor and i am beyond proud of her for all she has gone through and how well she handled her illness. I am proud to wear this ribbon on my leg for life in support of what my mother went through. My mother in law is a two time survivor so breast cancer has hit my home and heart near and dear.


  1. Judy says:

    Wow, that does have such significant meaning! I absolutely love the tattoo, and am glad that you made it through!

  2. Barbara M says:

    Good for you – I love it!
    I’m going to be 60 in November and will be getting my first tattoo.
    Since my nickname is JalapenoMama, thinking about get a hot pepper!

  3. Marj M. says:

    Congratulations! Love the tat and what a special one it is for you.

  4. Alison says:

    I love it! So glad you went through with it! Also congrats to your Mother! What a good way to celebrate!

  5. Maria Smith says:

    God bless your mother and grand mother… Both.. Hope they would get better soon.. Never loose hope.. 🙂 And a nice looking tattoo… 🙂 i love tattoos…

  6. Judy B. says:

    Ok, I’m not a fan of tatoos, but I guess I’m just from a different generation. It looks like your’s came out good with crisp color and edges. Sorry, but I just have problems undrestanding why someone would want to. I guess the way I think is just as much of a mystery to others too. LOL

    • Jessi says:

      lol i totally understand I think it is great that people want them and I think it is great that people don’t. I do appreciate your kind comments about mine even though you are not a tattoo fan.

  7. Becca says:

    It’s beautiful. Good job on dealing with your fears! 🙂

  8. Very nice! I have nothing against tattoos. May get one myself someday, but haven’t decided on a design I like enough to make permanent just yet 🙂

  9. tamathamc says:

    love the tat, my mom lost her battle with cancer last year so for her birthday I got a tattoo with her favorite flower & her name on a ribbon. it was my way of giving her flowers one more time.

  10. Scott says:

    Hi, thanks for the story! Normally people get the same old tattoos everyday, picking them from a catalogue without knowing anything about meaning. What do you think about custom made tattoos? Thanks

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