Let Me Explain My Tiger Tattoo

November 7, 2020
let me explain myself

Let Me Explain Myself #1

In this [first!] edition of Let Me Explain Myself I will be explaining my tiger tattoo. I thought of explaining all of my tattoos at once but this article would be extremely long if I did, so one at a time it is.

I remember the experience clearly. I went to a tattoo shop, Forever Stained, one day and asked for a tattoo. When that session was done I asked the artist, Matty, if he could do another tattoo on me. He was down for it. I told him I wanted a tiger that was big enough to cover another tattoo that was on my arm and that I wanted him to design it. He had free reign and I was his willing canvas.  At the time I really didn’t care what kind of tiger I got as long as it was a tiger. I had full faith in this guy because he was a tattoo artist and I’ve never met a tattoo artist who couldn’t free hand.

Well, several days later I went back to the shop to get this tiger tattooed on my arm. I had no idea what to expect. Matty was very excited about the design so I was getting hyped up, too. He told me he drew the tiger climbing up(even though I requested it coming down my arm) and that one paw was was facing outward like he was going to attack while climbing. I thought, “Ok, cool. Just show me.” He showed me the drawing and it actually looked decent so not wanting to disappoint the guy that’s going to leave a permanent marking on my body, I agreed to his design and we got started.

For this session I went alone and I’m glad that I did. I was a little bitch. A couple of tears streamed down my face. I got so annoyed when the younger girl getting tattooed next to me was smiling and taking selfies. I was tearing up while getting my arm done and she was smiling up while getting her rib cage done. I laugh about it now though. Good for her.

Since this was a cover-up there was a lot more detail than usual. He had to make sure this new tattoo covered the old tattoo of my ex-girlfriend’s name so there was more lines than I could of imagined. It hurt. Not as much as the bottom paw of this tiger hurt though. It just all hurt. Eventually I got through it. Took several tears and 3 and a half hours but it was finally done. I was excited because it was another tattoo, it covered the eyesore that was there before and it was a tiger(my Chinese zodiac). As time goes on and the more I look at it, I’m not the biggest fan of Matty’s work. What do you guys think?


I went in for a tattoo after this one and he offered to retouch the paw(the faded part on my palm) but I told him hell no. It was way too painful for me to shade that shit back in. I rather get it removed than retouched. I’ll get a cover-up for this cover-up.

But honestly, though it’s not what I had in mind I have to live with it and I’m okay with that.

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