Thor’s Terrific Tattoos

For those of you who don’t know or have never noticed before, I am a tattoo aficionado. I have five currently but have wanted more for a really long time. I just haven’t got around to making time to get them done.

The five I have are on my hip, lower back, upper back, right foot and wrist. And I love them all….

Well, apart from one.

The lily I have on my wrist has bothered me for a long time. It was only my second one,  I was still new to being tattooed and when the artist put the transfer on my wrist, I was too nervous to ask for it bigger or move it a bit on my wrist. I felt the artist knew best, so I let him do his thing.

Don’t get me wrong. He did a great job and I have had it on my wrist for several years. But every time I look at it, I wish it was bigger, covered more of my wrist and had much more detailing.

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Old, faded and not great

So, what could I do about it?

Well, get it tattooed over with a bigger, more  colourful design of course!

I booked in to one of my local parlours that I knew did great work and where my daughter had two tattoos done. I had spoken to Thor who was going to do my tattoo and I had chosen a design of his featuring Hibiscus and Roses.

I had also found another design of his that I fell in love with. A really feminine perfume bottle with feathers caught my eye and I umm’ed and aah’ed over whether to get this on my arm instead.

I booked an appointment for 14th March and waited for the day to come around. About a week before the date I spoke to Thor about my indecision over the two designs and he suggested coming in a little early on the day so we could have a play with the two designs and see which one “spoke to me”

Thor had both of the designs ready in a size that would be suitable on my arm. I had decided that whilst I wanted the Lily covering, as it was slightly off centre,  I wondered if it would be feasible to have a design on the inside of my wrist that wrapped around to cover the original up.

Testing the two designs out, my heart decided that the vintage perfume bottle really was more my style but wasn’t big enough to have on the inside of my arm wrapping around. Thor suggested that he could reposition the feather and add some of the flowers from the other design and put them around my wrist.

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A feather to cover a lily

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Vintage Perfume Bottle

This would mean that I technically would have a quarter sleeve on my lower arm. This sounded absolutely perfect to me, so off we started.

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Almost asleep!!

Thor started off by positioning the feather in the place I wanted it and the machine started to buzz. Now, having had tattoos in the past I thought I was ready for the feeling of pain as the black outline was inked in. However I honestly didn’t think the wrist would be as bad as some of my other areas, such as down my spine.

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Thor doing his thing

It was extremely sore but manageable. However it only got worse as he moved further round towards the bony sections.

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Bottle Outline Complete

I like to think I have quite a high threshold for pain, and only swore a couple of times when it touched a particular nerve but for the most part I felt okay.

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Line work in Progress

Once the full outline was completed Thor started working on the perfume bottle. Originally the banner across the middle said “BEAUTY” but I wanted it changed to “GODDESS” in line with my blog and social media names.

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Now a real Goddess

I had chosen a deep blue to for the bottle, which was adorned with creamy pearls and a yellow label. Moving on to the peacock feather, again blues and turquoise were the chosen hues.

Eventually after a four hour visit we had run out of time, and if I am honest my pain threshold was now at 0%. My flowers are yet to be coloured in, but another appointment has already been organised for a few weeks when I have another couple of days off.

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Soon to be a lovely Pinky Red

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Floral Creation

By the end of the evening my arm was extremely sore and slightly swollen. I took a couple of paracetamol and put a thin layer of the recommended cream and took myself to bed.

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Jewelled Feather

Wednesday morning I was a little bit worried to see it was a bit wet and weepy, although it was around 15 years ago when I had my last tattoo so I honestly couldn’t remember how I had healed back then.

Thor had told me if I had any concerns to get in touch, but as it had been less that 24 hours I thought I would see how it went. Happily by lunchtime the swelling had gone down and the tattoo had started to dry out and scab over a little. This part I remember very well so I was glad I hadn’t panicked and called him unnecessarily.

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If the pain of the needles is bad enough, then the drying itchy scabs are even worse. It is so easy to catch the healing tattoo or be tempted to pick at the scabs, but this is the worst thing you can do as you will remove the colour along with the scab.

I absolutely love the design. It is feminine, vintage and suits me down to the ground. Now I am healing nicely and waiting for my next day off when I have the appointment to get the whole design finished off.

Of course I will post the finished article for you all to see.

What do you think of tattoos? Especially on women? I would be interested to hear your thoughts on both mine and in general!

Till next time

Tx

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  • I love it Tanya and can’t wait to see it finished. If I had the money I’d have lots more for sure. I’m in love with my latest, my unicorn, and have another planned for my left thigh and then maybe I’ll stop…maybe

    • Oh I would have loads more if I could afford it!! xx

  • Emma Oxley

    Love the design and the fact that you put so much thought into what you wanted and how to personalise it to you – Cant wait to see the finished result!

    • Me either Emma, I am so excited for the finished piece x

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I love the tattoo, it looks great. Tattoos can be a great work of art x

  • Jodie Whitham

    Wow! I love it.The word “goddess” seems fitting to the blog too! Very vibrant. I want a new tattoo but need to correct my foot first. The tattooist put it over skin that fades so feel lasering might be better suited! x

    • It seemed like the perfect word to use! How many do you have Jodie? xx

  • Jessica Dearnley

    I love your cover up, it looks so beautiful and feminine. I really want another tattoo, I currently have a small elephant on my ankle.

    • I am so happy with it so far, just the flowers to complete now! x

  • Oh it looks gorgeous – so much nicer than the original! I’ve been looking at getting a wrist tattoo for a while now but something really small.

    • It really is so much nicer than the original! What do you want on your wrist? x

  • Gemma S

    this looks wonderful, some really vibrant colours on there already. Can’t wait to see the finished piece.

    • The flowers will be pinky/reds so hopefully will work together really well xx

  • I love how it’s turned out, it looks amazing! Also love your octopus necklace in the first photo! xo

    • I have the matching earrings too Rachel Nicole! I love them xx

  • Your tattoo is stunning, I am so glad you were able to get everything you wanted. I am a tattoo obsessive too and I have about 10 at the moment and am always itching for more x

  • Your tattoo is beautiful, I love the design x

  • Always Carry On.

    What a colourful tattoo! Looks great on you 🙂 x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    That looks absolutely incredible and I love the design, it turned out beautiful x

    • Still a little way to go now, but it is getting there! xx

  • Le Coin de Mel

    What a beautiful new tattoo! Very colourful and beautifully designed.

  • I love your new tattoo. Such a lovely design.

  • Your tattoo looks fab on you. Good to know it turned out well.

    • Just a little more work to complete and then I will be happy xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    It looks like he did a great job on the tattoo. I’m not keen myself on having any I change my mind too easily plus I don’t do pain, having kids was bad enough lol.

    • Hehe I know what you mean! I have been tattooed 5 other times so far though xx

  • your tattoo is stunning! such a great cover up! I got a new tattoo on my wrist last year so can sympathise with the pain! LOoking forward to seeing the finished result!

    • It really is a painful area! I can’t wait to have the flowers coloured in xx

  • I love that your tattooist is called Thor. I love the design of your new tattoo! So colourful.

    • He looks like an older version of Thor too! lol xx

  • Brilliant coverup! I love the colourfulness of it.