World map tattoo
This post is one I have been dying to share with you all for a long time but was unable to until now. You see my mum had been following my blog and absolutely HATES tattoos and has always tried to discourage me from getting one. I had to wait until I got home to see her face in person when she saw my ink. She loved it of course (really need a sarcasm font).
I have wanted a tattoo ever since I was 17 but had never really known exactly what I wanted until recently. Jen and I had both discussed getting tattoos while we were overseas as a reminder to ourselves of both the trip and how we are when we are travelling. As any of you good travellers know, when we are on the road we seem to be more adventurous, open minded and interested in others as well as a million other good qualities travelling brings out in us. For that reason it became easy to decide on what to get, it had to be travel related.
So with this plan in mind but no idea where to find a good tattooist fate stepped in and showed us the way. We were in a small town in Ecuador called Baños. Here we were staying with a great couple at their hostel Casa del Molino Blanco. Jimmy, who worked there had some really cool tatts and when I asked him where he got them he told me the guy has a studio in town and had one best tattooist in Ecuador the year before. So heading down and booking in and using sign language and spanglish I communicated what it was I wanted. With a 2 week wait we just hung around town waiting for the big day, my first tattoo.
When the day came I was surprised to find the tattoo wasn’t too painful. As my whole upper back was getting done I thought I would be sitting there sobbing like a little girl but it was actually ok. The only tender bits were down near the lats. The whole tattoo took about and hour and a half and i’m stoked with the way it turned out. I decided on the immigration stamp with my birthplace and date of birth at the last minute but think it finishes the piece of nicely. This is by far the best $80 i’ve ever spent!
Of course, every traveller I have met through the rest of the trip has asked me if I plan to colour it in of put crosses on it but I think it will get too crowded and messy looking so for now it will stay as is. But it is true what they say about tattoos being addictive and i’m already thinking about more I want to get. Shit I hope my mum doesn’t read this.
What do you think? Have you ever got a tattoo while travelling? Give us a shout and share your experience with us in the comments section.