Tucked into the back of a blue plastic travel pillow, a tattoo on the backside of my left hand shows me how my tattoo artist and my local travel tattoo shop got started.
It’s not easy to tell where this piece of ink came from, but it’s all I have left of my first tattoo.
It was done in a San Diego tattoo shop called Travelers Tattoo.
It’s been nearly six years since my first ink and, as far as tattoos go, I still can’t believe it’s been so long.
After graduating from college, I wanted to be a tattoo artist, but I never thought that would be my career.
I always wanted to do something creative, and this was the way to do it.
My parents were the first tattoo artists to come to visit me in the States, and they always wanted me to do more than just tattoo.
I’d love to be able to take my art into the world and help people see it differently, but tattooing is a job.
When I was 18, my first ever tattoo, on my right forearm, was on a girl who had been kidnapped.
My family and friends were all kind of shocked and amazed at the result, but there were still times where I was afraid to go back and do it again.
So after a few years of working as a tattooist and doing it as a hobby, I decided to make a change.
There were times when I felt like I didn’t have the confidence to go into it full-time, but in 2017, I was able to change that.
I had a few friends that wanted to get tattoos as well and it was a dream come true.
The process started when I met with my first client at Travelers and she was just starting out.
She was in her early 30s, and she had a lot of scars on her arm and had been shot by her boyfriend in her hometown.
She had tattoos all over her body, and I wanted her to have something to represent her life, so I asked if she wanted to have an ink done on her backside.
She agreed, and we did it.
I did the ink, and then she said, “I want you to get a tattoo for me,” and I said, “…
I have an idea, but not one that you can do right now.”
I was excited because it was so simple.
I already had my tattoo in my hand, and it wasn’t complicated.
She said, you have to get it done today, and the tattoo artist told me to go to the tattoo shop and get a package for me.
I went to the shop, got my package, and put the ink on my arm.
That was the beginning of my journey.
Tattooing became my career and it’s still my passion to this day.
For a few months after that, I worked with a tattoo parlor in Los Angeles called Tassos.
I got an ink package, had it put on, and my next tattoo was done there.
Over the years, I’ve gotten tattooed at a number of locations, but for the most part, my tattoo shop has been my home.
One day, I got a call from my mom, who asked if I wanted a tattoo, so she went to my mom’s tattoo shop.
Then I met a tattooing teacher named Michelle from Tassas.
I was there for six weeks, and when she saw my tattoo, she was speechless.
She told me, “It’s a beautiful tattoo.
You have such an amazing talent.”
It took a lot to get my tattoo.
Before I had an ink on the arm, I had to get tattooed in the back, which I was really nervous about.
I remember walking into the tattoo parlors and hearing them saying, “No, no, no.
You can’t do that.
You’re not good enough to do that.”
I had to learn how to walk in the tattoo studio and get the tattoo done.
It took a little while, but after my first session, I felt confident that I was good enough.
I think that helped me feel accepted and welcomed.
I have a really good tattoo artist now.
Michelle told me that she still feels scared of me.
She’s a really sweet girl.
She still goes to work every day and she still puts her heart into every single tattoo.
She never gives up, even if it’s for no reason.
I’ve learned so much from her, and now that I’ve got a tattoo and have a lot more confidence, I’m excited to go out and have some fun.