I have to admit that I have never liked tattoos. Years ago, tattoos were just for men, and usually consisted of something like a heart and flowers and the name of their loved one. A bit unfortunate if the loved one at the time was subsequently replaced.
In recent years it seems fashionable for men to be practically covered in tattoos. Although I think David Beckham is lovely, I really don't like the enormous number of tattoos he has on his body.
Women have also been getting tattoos for some years now, and again I think a lot of them are quite awful. Occasionally though, I see a small one on a woman and it is well done and very tasteful.
You probably know where this is leading by now. Yesterday I caught a bus over to the salon where Mr A is working. I was picking up a couple of sweatshirts from the shop next door to put aside for my grandsons when I visit in October. It was early and the salon wasn't busy, and I got chatting to the guy who does the tattoos. He is very experienced and I have seen the results of his work. His room is also extremely hygienic and so is he.
And...all of a sudden...I acted on impulse and decided to get one. In a way I think I might have been rebelling against getting older...it's my birthday next week, and yet another reminder that the years are slipping away.
It's just a tiny butterfly on the side of my wrist in my favourite colours of green and yellow. The picture makes it look bigger than it is. It's very small, it's just that trying to use a camera with one hand while trying to focus on the tattoo resulted in a close-up.
I sent the photo to my daughter half expecting her to disapprove of my doing something so frivolous at my age, but her response was "Yay...go mummy...I love it". So that's OK then.
It didn't hurt at all when I had it done, but it feels sore today. This is normal and the healing process can take a few weeks. The tattoo artist has given me good instructions on how to keep it clean and a pot of special post-tattoo cream to apply every day. I didn't realise there was so much involved with the aftercare. I don't know how these heavily tattooed people cope.
I won't be attempting any more, but I absolutely love this one and am very glad I acted on impulse.
(If anyone is visiting Gumbet, Bodrum and would like a tattoo done by a good artist in hygienic conditions, here is the artist's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/tattoo-by-mrprof/187299224665180?fref=ts )