Megan’s Tattoo Fund

Who wouldn't want a tattoo of this cool guy? ;)
Who wouldn’t want a tattoo of this cool guy? 😉

I am going to the gym here shortly.  Amazing, right?  I NEVER go there, mostly because it is so disgusting to me, but also because I don’t have a membership.  I am going to the gym at K’s university, which used to be where I went too.  I will just pay for a day pass, so that we can workout together.  I consider this the first night of exercise for me in a long time.  I am actually looking forward to it!  I’m that dedicated to my promise to K.  Positive thoughts, Megan.

As I mentioned previously, K and I made a trade-off.  He’s not a huge fan of tattoos and he has never really wanted me to get one, but I said I would start to workout and take care of my body, if he wouldn’t be upset that I got one.  He agreed with this bargain 🙂

Therefore, I am going to get a tattoo of my cat, Chester 🙂  I have already found a couple of places that are reputable and are somewhat nearby.  If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right.  What I want to do is take a picture of Chester into the parlor and have the artist base the tattoo off of the picture, but I want to do it in black and white and hopefully have his eyes be the only thing that are color.  I thought that would look really cool, just emphasizing his stripes and eyes.

I want all of my blog family to be a part of this as well.  At the top of my page, you’ll notice a new tab called “Megan’s Tattoo Fund.”  Sounds kind of dorky, I know, but I could definitely use some help with funding this pup, or kitty, whatever 🙂  Anything would be appreciated, but your continued support through your kind words and thoughts are also really appreciated 🙂

I feel weird asking for donations, but I’m basically still a poor college kid, except now I actually have to pay back the college 😉

What I want to do is collect enough money to help pay for at least some of it.  Then, I want everyone to help me choose between a couple of pictures that I like.  Finally, after the poll, this I will go get it!  It makes me nervous just talking about it, but I think it will be a good experience.  I’m hoping to get  video of me in the process or at least some pictures.  This is months down the road, but it’s better to start planning early I suppose.  This isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly since it will be a part of me for the rest of my life!

I know this all sounds a wee bit silly, but I’m just gonna roll with it 🙂

As always, thanks for reading and thank you for your support!

Megan

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46 thoughts on “Megan’s Tattoo Fund

  1. You should try and get an idea of how large a piece you’re going for. I recommend less than six inches on the area you mentioned. One, you want to be able to reach it for aftercare and two, you want to be able to apply sunscreen year-round if it is going to be visible (that’s when spray sunscreen becomes your best friend.). Factor in whether visibility can affect your job at any point in your life too, because a lot of people get asked to cover their ink. I think you’re probably looking at around $400, maybe a bit more depending on the size and the design structure. When they do the final drawing for you, you can always ask for the price before making the appointment. I did all of mine in one shot and was extremely impressed with both the experience, and the fairness in price. I expected it to be a lot more than it was and it was very reasonable. I’m not sure if it was simply because I went in the middle of the week or if it was because what I got was very simple in terms of design and color, but I also chose colors that, if ever I had to have the tattoos removed, were easier to laser off. Some colors are really hard to remove. Needless to say, I do not plan on removing mine.

    1. You’ve given me more to think about, but that’s a good thing. It’s a big decision. I was thinking it was going to be around 4″ or less. I want something small and probably just in black or traditional blue. I was thinking about on my shoulder blade because it would be easiest to hide and it would be of Chester looking back at me from a ledge. It’s a great picture and I think it would look really cool on my shoulder because I could see him looking back at me from the mirror 🙂 I burn like a lobster and then freckle more, so sunscreen is always my friend in the summers. I just tend not to go out anymore 😉 There’s a man here who is really friendly and is well-priced, yet talented. There’s a place in Indy that does an incredible job, but I doubt I could afford them. I will probably just stay around here and find someone nearby my home.

  2. A Beauty of a Cat, Chester, he is…btw, did you know that there is a “Chester the Cat” in my blog, more so in the earlier episodes? I think Chester last appeared in Episode 22— Apparition In The Chapel…my Chester is certainly no match to the beauty of yours, to be sure…
    As to the fund for the tattoo, alas, I am amongst the long-term unemployed…AND I have student loans (going into default, actually, but what can I do?)…wish I could be of help. Good luck, though. Have fun at the gym.

    1. I did not know about your Chester 🙂 I will have to bounce over to Episode 22 and have a look. Chester is really beautiful if I can say so. I’ve had others say that he has some Egyptian Mau in him and I’m definitely convinced of that. He has incredibly vivid markings and shiny fur and his eyes are definitely Mau gooseberry green 🙂 Don’t you dare feel bad about the donation 😉 It’s just me being wishful and I know that many people, like myself, don’t have expendable incomes. Chester and I are always happy to have your support 🙂
      megan

      1. He’s gorgeous! I always love seeing pics of Chester, he looks like such a sweet and happy little guy and it’s definitely a unique idea! If I could, I would donate to the fund but I haven’t got much money and I don’t do internet banking because I am just like an old lady and I don’t know how to really. Sometimes I get prepaid cards but I have no money on them anymore. All the best! 🙂

      2. He is a pretty boy 🙂 Don’t worry about not contributing! 😉 I haven’t got much money either, so I totally understand! Times are super tough for everyone now 🙂 I hope you are having a great weekend 🙂

  3. There’s nothing silly about getting a tattoo and taking the time to get the right artist is important. Make sure you check out their portfolio, try and sit in on a tattoo session with the artist of your choice. If you don’t like the design that they come up with, say something and get them to rework it. I have loads of tattoo’s, I don’t regret any of them and I have never let anyone tell me if I can get a new one or not. It’s my body, my skin, my life and my decision. If you are set on getting a black and grey tattoo, you definitely need to check out the artists work.

    I hope you enjoy your tattoo experience, I recommend taking a bag of boiled sweets, I usually take some aniseed flavoured sweets. And make sure you are hydrated as your body will release a bucket load of endorphins due to the pain. The pain is different for everyone and can also vary depending on the part of your body where you get the tattoo, (the buttocks are extremely painful, I know from experience). The only way to describe the pain is like a hot needle being dragged over your skin. The experience is something along the lines of childbirth, it’s scary and painful but as soon as it’s over you will forget about the pain and want another one, tattoo not a child….lol. They can be very addictive.

    1. You actually make it a lot less scary for me 🙂 I am worried about how long it will take and the cost. The pain is not something that will deter me, but I know it will hurt. I found an incredible artist in Indianapolis who does only custom work by appointment. She works with a collective of artists, all of whom are incredibly talented. I am certain they can do great work. I’ve heard it’s addictive 😉 I will try to keep it to just this one, but I have a lot of life left (I hope)!

  4. I hope you have a good tattoo experience, the best advice I can give is make sure you research the artist you are going to use. Check their portfolio, try and sit in for a session to watch how they work, if you don’t like the design that they come up with make sure you talk to them.

    I have plenty of tattoo’s so if you want any advice, I’m more than willing to share my experiences. I highly recommend taking boiled sweets, I use aniseed flavoured. It helps when the endorphins kick in and make sure you are hydrated and have a drink with you. I also take a book as it can be a long time to sit for, so long as you don’t move too much you should be ok turning the pages.

    Tattoo’s do hurt, no matter what anyone tells you. It can also vary depending on the body part too. The buttocks are very painful, I speak from experience. They are also addictive too, you have been warned….lol

  5. Do yourself a HUGE favor when picking a tattoo artist. Make sure he/she can draw free hand, not just trace! If they have a non-tattoo artist portfolio, even better. Annnnnd.. look for drawing/painting examples that prove they are good at shading as well as anything related to the style you’re going for. Have them do a drawing first and don’t be afraid to have them tweak it before any tattooing occurs. You’re the customer.
    Aside from that, my personal bias loves the colored eyes only bit. There’s a huge B/W dragon on my back w/ color David Bowie eyes. It’s subtle, which is what I wanted, but obvious in the right lighting. So if you want the eyes to pop, make it known. (:

    1. This is a very good suggestion and I really appreciate it. The artist I found started out as a traditional artist and then moved to tattooing. She is incredibly talented and only does custom work. I think I’ve found someone who I am really comfortable with. This is one of those things that are about quality than cost that’s for sure.

  6. Megan – Please remember to check the license for the tattoo artists that’s going to do the work. Often artists will tell customers they are allowed to work under the license of the shop and that’s not true. Also make sure the shop meets your state requirements. I’m writing this because tattoos are the fastest way that hepatitis C and antibiotic resistant staph are spread.

  7. Not sure I really care for tats, either (a diabetic would be in trouble due to increased possibility of infection) and Scripture doesn’t condone it for God’s people, but it is your choice. I’ll still admire and respect you (what does one acquaintance matter, anyway?)…even vote in the picture! Gonna do it in colors????? 🙂

  8. So good to know you are starting exercising as promised. Having a workout buddy in K will surely make it easier for you to stick with it. Having a goal to work toward should also help. What better to get a tattoo of that your favorite cat Chester. I think it will be a fine tribute to him that will last for years to come. Have a great weekend. 🙂

    1. K is a great exercise buddy 🙂 Although he hurt his back and can’t workout today! 😉 I love Chester so much and it only seemed right to get a tattoo of him. Hopefully I can put something that is related to K as well 😉

  9. I have tons of tattoos. And really, they are a lot of work. Because there are so many things that can change the way a tattoo looks over time…mainly the sun. I never leave the house without sunscreen on my arms or anywhere else that I have tattoos that could get sun that day. My arms are always showing so I apply sunscreen because just the little bit of sun you get in the car can eventually cause the ink to fade and not look so awesome anymore. Just something for you to think about.

    1. That is something to think about 🙂 I am probably going to get it somewhere that won’t see the sun all that often. It’s more for me than for others. My skin is so easily burned and fair as it is that I always wear lots of sunscreen, but I never thought about how much continuous care a tattoo requires. Thanks for letting me know.

  10. As a person who’s been getting tattooed for over 20 years (& pretty heavily tattooed), I suggest not just going with “reputable” places. Visit the studios for yourself & look through all the artists’ books. While reputation is valuable information, don’t go by that alone- it’s such a personal thing. See whose art resonates with you- and then try to schedule a consultation with that person (or several people) to make sure you find someone you can actually talk to about what you want, & who listens! It can make a huge difference in getting what you want & having it be a pleasant experience.

    My $.05. 🙂

    ps. Hearts to Chester! ♥♥♥

    1. These are some great suggestions 🙂 I think I’ve found the place that I want to go to. The artists are incredible and they are an appointment only collective. I am very confident that they can provide all that I’m looking for and then some 🙂 They’re called Firefly tattoo in Indianapolis. I’m nervous, but it’ll be worth it 🙂

  11. Back, years ago, when I was young, fresh out of the Navy, I started getting tattoos. First one here, and then there, oh a couple here, and before I knew it, I had gathered 9 tattoos over a period of about 2 years. I don’t regret any but one, that one has a name. Never get a name tattooed on your body. It never comes off, even if the person disappears. Anyway, I have a cat, Mittens, that looks a lot like Chester and I have a blog, with a lot of black&white pics that have just something colored in. I think it’s a great idea.

    1. I like your tattoo story 😉 Each one marks a unique time in your life I’m sure. I won’t get a name, perhaps Chester’s name, but no other. Mittens must be a cutie if he/she looks like chester 🙂

  12. Good luck with this. I’m also poor, otherwise I’d donate. Have three tattoos to date, and still want more. A tattoo of Chester sound amazing.

  13. What an original idea for a tattoo and lasting memory of dear Chester. No tattoos here, too chicken I guess. As graphic designer, I second all the comments about getting a rendering of what the tattoo will look like and don’t be afraid to correct anything you’re not happy with. Hope you have a great experience!

    1. They are kind of scary. I don’t like not knowing what it will feel like to get a tattoo, but I’ll deal 🙂 The designer is great, so much so that she has a 6 month waiting list! Luckily I just got on that list 🙂 I’ll have plenty of time to come up with a design.

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