Before I start, I just want to say that the reason I added the tattoo to my list was to demonstrate how seriously I am taking the whole 40Fifty Challenge, and the importance I place in the work of the mental health charity, Mind.
Many of the tasks I’ve set myself are a sort of “moment in time”, a meeting or an event that passes with a photographic record for posterity, but this is totally different. This is permanent. And an area of my body now bears a tattoo that will be a constant reminder both of this whole adventure (if that’s the right word... I wasn’t going to say “journey”) and also of the person who has changed my life.
Ste Carne, who owns Brothers In-Ink on the High Street in Normanby, was kind enough to agree to carry out the work. Even more generous was his request to donate the cost of the tattoo to my fundraising page. A fantastic gesture, for which I am extremely grateful.
Strangely, as someone for whom a rollercoaster ride proved genuinely terrifying, I wasn’t nervous at all about visiting Ste’s studio. A small design had been prepared, and was duly transferred onto the top of my back, just under my right shoulder, after my manly hairs had been removed.
I chose that side because I’m left-handed and just in case something went badly wrong and my right arm fell off...
Ste chatted through everything, and made sure I was totally comfortable before getting underway. I was expecting it to hurt a bit, and although I could obviously feel the needle, it certainly wasn’t painful. Obviously having worked for the Blood Service for so many years, and having given nearly thirty pints of blood, I was well aware of the effect that a needle can have on some people. Ste had one or two tales to tell... let’s just say I am officially a very brave boy!!!
After the outline was completed, there was a change of needle to fill in the design, and then back to the first needle to finish off. And that was it. Probably no more than twenty minutes.
So what did I get done?
Everyone at the studio was really friendly, and even if I had been nervous, they would have soon put me at ease. As a tattoo virgin, I’m glad that I chose to walk through Brothers In-Ink’s door because from start to finish I couldn’t have been treated any better.
For more details about Brothers In-Ink and their work, here is a link to their Facebook page...