Pain doesn't scare me - it's part of the ritual of getting a tattoo. I am not concerned with its eternity either as I think a tattoo will become part of you in the same way your ear or a scar becomes you. What it is crucial is that it must be perfectly executed. So, to find the right studio, with a relaxing and non-intimidating ambience, is paramount. The good news is that I think I found it! Good Times Tattoo is arguably the best studio in London with a waiting list of months, if not years, and proposes a new concept: it is like a tattoo SPA where you can relax in a fashionable environment inspired by kitsch Mexican décor and injected with a good dose of irony.
The subject and position is what has been nagging me for years. I would love to have one on my forearm or wrist, but I am not sure I am ready for such an exposed part of the body. My second and third tattoo (tattoos always go in odd numbers) have to be on my back. The other day I visualised a full coloured lotus flower on my lower back and three butterflies of different sizes taking a flight from the lotus and flying over my side torso, up to my armpit. And I had nice feelings about it. I love butterflies and the lotus is a very symbolic flower in Buddhism, Hindu tradition and, of course, in yoga.
Here a few inspirations of pretty butterflies and lotus...
Source: Rhanuii tattoes