I have always wanted a tattoo. I never knew what I wanted it to be, but I knew that I wanted something small and delicate. So when I found out that my friend was getting a momma bear tattoo, I knew that was what I wanted.

I never thought I would get a tattoo, actually. I was always the good girl, the one who followed the rules. But when I had my first baby, something inside me shifted. I suddenly realized that life is too short to play it safe all the time. So, when my friend suggested getting tattoos to commemorate our babies, I was all in. And thus began my journey into the world of ink…

The Design Process

The first step in getting a tattoo is coming up with the design. This can be tricky, especially if you want something that is meaningful and will stand the test of time. After much deliberation, I decided on a momma bear tattoo. To me, it represented the strength and ferocity of motherhood. Plus, it was just really darn cute.

Finding the Right Artist

Once you have your design picked out, it’s time to find an artist. This is probably the most important step in the process because you want to make sure you find someone who is talented and whose style you like. Fortunately, there are now tons of resources available online that make finding a reputable artist easier than ever before.

A tattoo artist

The Big Day!

Finally, the big day arrives! I have to admit, I was pretty nervous as I walked into the tattoo parlor. But as soon as I saw the friendly face of my artist, all my nerves disappeared. The next thing I knew, I was lying on the table with a needle in my arm. And yes, it hurt—a lot! But it was also strangely satisfying knowing that this mark would be on my body forever.

If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo but are unsure about taking the plunge, I say go for it! Just be sure to do your research and find an artist whose work you love. Oh, and don’t forget the pain factor—it’s definitely not for everyone! But if you’re like me and can handle a little (or a lot) of pain for something that will last forever, then getting a tattoo might just be right up your alley. Thanks for reading and happy ink-ing!

A neon sign outside a tattoo shop.