That weekend, I emailed Phil some sketches I liked and he took some time designing an original tattoo based on those ideas. The final concept was gorgeous and everything I wanted. We set my appointment for 3pm on March 18.
|These photos are what I sent Phil.
|After being in this position for basically 5.5 hours, I did my squats to loosen up haha!
|Lines done, starting the background.
When we first discussed the piece, the background was the part I was unsure about getting, and it may be my favorite part of the finished piece.
|Lines and background done!
Phil mentioned that I sat better than 90% of his other clients. I think people are impressed that we did this all in one sitting, but really the pain never went above a 7, I think!
|Phil really loves working with color, and at one point he was like, "You're killing me doing this in black and gray!"
Phil went to work on shading the grass, daffodils, feathers, and phoenix. There were some parts of the process where I worried the piece was getting too dark, but this is why I'm not an artist. By the time he put in the finishing touches - including white highlights around various feathers - the tattoo looked anything but dark and flat.
|The finished piece.
Now I have to deal with the next couple weeks of healing, but so far everything has felt fine. I feel, like I did with my first tattoo, that it was a part of me long before it physically made it onto my skin, so it feels natural and like it truly belongs there.
|I love how it looks!