I'm actually a little more overwhelmed by the experience than ever imaginable and plan to just take a breath and enjoy the gift that I've finally given myself ... with a pain killer, some numbing ointment and ice cream!
I've gotto thank some people though ... firstly to my mom who was almost more excited than I was and who helped me prep my back with all the ointments (that didn't work ... or if they did then tattoo's are far more painful than people say they are ... because it really felt like it was not working at-freakin'-all). I'm blessed with a mom who has accepted me for all that I am (and I'm a lot sometimes) and has not only embraced me, but is my greatest fan and my support all the way to the finish line.
Greggie, who didn't come with me to have my tattoo and therefore allowed me to experience this very important rite of passage for myself. I have watched myself grow from a girl who was too afraid to drive anywhere by herself (ok, I still have my moments ... but gps helps, when I trust it) and wouldn't do much of anything without someone holding my hand. Less than a few months ago I think I might have considered cancelling the tat when Princess Kiki told me she couldn't make it. But today was a beautiful experience and time with myself.
I was more excited than nervous and got to totally embrace the experience with my, myself and my goddess!
My rocking friends who have spent the day sms'ing, skyping, facebooking and cheering me on. I didn't need a hand to hold when I had a line of amazing people waiting to hear word from me ... and pics ... everyone wants a pic!
The amazing people I've met through 'twitter' and my blogs ... I couldn't believe the good vibes from all around the world.
The reason why this is so important to me is because I never wanted to social network without allowing my personality to revel in it too and that can only be done by creating relationship with my followers. I know I can't bond with everyone, but slowly I have grown to know the most amazing people and am so thrilled that we share our journeys together.
Pepi and his awesome team at SA hardcore tattoos. I cannot believe that this work of art took 40 mins and that, surrounded by death metal music and top to toe tattooed artists, I have never felt more taken care of and in safe hands.
Lastly ... to the goddess and her moon for being my guide, my knowing and my guiding light as I wander through the magical journey of my life. Pepi did you both proud ... you look as beautiful as ever!