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Getting Tattooed in San Francisco

I’m excited to share a little photo story of Ben and I getting tattooed while in San Francisco. While it was ever-so-slightly overshadowed by the other big life event 😉, it was nevertheless an incredibly exciting experience.

Getting Tattooed in San Francisco | nathalie.ie

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Idle hands Tattoo, San Francisco | nathalie.ie

After much searching and review-reading, we settled on Idle Hand Tattoo as our spot. Our artist was Ross K Jones, who is really talented, and possibly way over qualified for the very simple designs that we were getting. But we wanted someone we could really trust, whose work with colour we liked and we knew that things like clean circles can be tricky.

Getting Tattooed in San Francisco | nathalie.ie

Getting Tattooed in San Francisco | nathalie.ie

Above: Last ever bare arm shot!

Idle Hands, which is located in the Lower Haight district, was a really great space to be in. Bright, clean and creative, they couldn’t have been nicer to two nervous newbies.

Getting Tattooed in San Francisco | nathalie.ie

Getting Tattooed in San Francisco | nathalie.ie

Getting Tattooed in San Francisco | nathalie.ie

On the tattoos themselves – Ben’s is the RGB primary colour model; used in TVs and computers, it stands for his many years in film and now his work in computer games – basically, anything with a screen. I went for CMYK, which is what’s used in print, to honour my years in magazine journalism. On a more sappy note, I’ve often talked of our different and overlapping interests as being like Venn diagrams. And on a super nerdy note, the overlaps of CMYK make RGB and vice versa, so his exact ink colours are in my tattoo and vice versa. Now, I know that sounds sappy, but it’s science 😉

The below pics are right after it happened.

Getting Tattooed in San Francisco | nathalie.ie

Getting Tattooed in San Francisco | nathalie.ie

Was it painful? HELL YES. And these were relatively small tattoos. I kind of had to go into a little meditative zone while it was happening. 

Would I get another? Definitely. 

Getting Tattooed in San Francisco | nathalie.ie

I just need to decide what it’s going to be…

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