After getting my first tattoo in February, 2012, I had been chomping at the bit to get another one. But I had no idea where I wanted to go this time. It's not that I didn't like the first one or that I had a bad experience there. It's just that I wanted to see what else was out there. Well, thank goodness that I work in retail and have to work with the public. Over the course of a five-day work week, I had three customers whose ink I admired and they all got them at the same place-- Freedom Ink in Peoria.
Two of the customers actually gave me business cards from this establishment. I was impressed with the work that I saw on my customers and made plans to have a friend take me over there for a look. We weren't disappointed. The place was spotless and there were several comfortable couches for sitting and browsing the books filled with the work of the gentlemen who work there. Even though it was Monday and they were closed, they still allowed us to come in and have a look around. While they do accept walk ins, I would recommend making an appointment. They charge a $50 deposit (which is deducted from your tattoo at the time of your appointment) but that seems fair to me. I made an appointment and we left. When I got home, I had a look at their website and, again, was impressed. The owner, Tim Beck, has had his work featured in many tattoo magazines, both nationally and abroad. My appointment was with Jeremy as I assumed that Tim was booked for months and I didn't want to wait for my tattoo. I saw Jeremy's portfolio on the website and I liked what I saw of his work.
He's a young guy, but he's a great artist. I was really looking forward to working with him. Twice, I had to change my appointment due to my work schedule but the people there were awesome about it. When I arrived for my appointment, Jeremy was finishing his dinner. So we sat down to wait. Again, the place was immaculate. I was nervous at first but soon calmed down. I treated it like I was getting ready to play with someone I'd never played with before. I was disappointed that the design I'd shown him was not "doable" and that I would have to do something different. But I appreciated his honesty. After I described what I wanted, I settled in to wait to see what he would come up with. The design I wanted was a dragonfly and the one he drew up looked really amazing. I hate bugs, but I do love dragonflies, both in jewelry and in drawings. In real life, not so much because they look rather fearsome to me. He asked me about how big I wanted it and where I wanted to put it. He was neither shocked nor surprised when I told him. I was a little dismayed to learn that they had no private room for work of this kind, but he dragged a portable massage table out. OK, I've played in public before. Strangers have seen my ass. I wasn't going to stress over it. I'll just say it's a good thing I didn't want my hew haw tattooed. The first time he put the transfer on, I didn't like the location. It wasn't far down enough, So he did it over. The second time was dead on and so it was time to get down to business. He taped the bottom of my shirt out of the way and got me comfortable on the table. I was still a bit nervous about being out in the open like that. Believe me, no one is more aware than I am of how big I am than I am. But this was what I wanted and this was part of the price.
The line work hurt...a lot. Doing the outline requires that the line be continuous at times and that's what hurts. Anyone who's had a tattoo knows what I'm talking about. He asked me to lie as flat as possible and breathe as normally as I could. With my pain tolerance, that wouldn't be difficult.
OK, I wish my fat gut wasn't showing here. But there was nothing I could do about it. I love to document my experiences with photos. If you would have asked me fifteen years ago if I would be willing to do this, I would have said you were crazy. One thing being in the spanking scene has done is make me less inhibited and less hung up on my body. It's also forced me to accept myself as I am. I told one of the guys there that I was in the BDSM scene and that a lot of people would be seeing Jeremy's work. These people who do tattoo artistry depend on word-of-mouth for a lot of their advertising. From now on, whenever I drop my panties or get naked to play with someone they will see Jeremy's incredible talent.
I love the colors in this. And I love the definition. It really does look like it's flying up. He made sure to use plenty of green as it's my favorite color. I didn't want a creepy-looking bug on my ass and while it's whimsical, it's realistic enough to be cool. In every way, I'm pleased with this tattoo. I'm over 50 so I won't be wearing it for 50 more years. I'll probably live another 20 years or so and I can live with this tattoo. It's really beautiful and I can't wait for it to heal. Now it's time to think of the next one.