In a special edition of Meet My Owl, I am pleased to introduce “Owliver”. He’s my newest owl. And he’s permanent.
I love him!!!
(excuse the fading pedicure)
As some of you know, my first irresponsible thing I planned to do after finishing my dissertation was to get a tattoo. You all thought I was joking. Ha! I just needed to wait for a week when I could go barefoot. It’s spring break and I have the week off, so yesterday morning I headed to Rock Steady Tattoo in Hampton for my owl.
Unfortunately, the visit on Friday did not allow me to schedule an appointment and I was told to come first thing on Monday. When I got there, only one person was there and he said he couldn’t get me in until Wednesday. Well, I was willing to wait until then because I had heard such great things about the place. I scheduled the appointment and headed home. On the way, I got this weird feeling like I needed to do the tattoo now, so I called a couple of other places that I’d been looking at and one was open at lunch for walk-ins.
So, Mom (yes, my mom went and now she wants one too) and I headed to Virginia Beach Ink on Laskin Road. I was a little apprehensive because I knew I was getting into a situation that may end badly, depending on who was at the shop when I got there. Happily, Dwayne was there and able to get me in right away. He was awesome!!!
I don’t know what everyone was talking about. It did not hurt at all, not even a little. I think it hurts worse to get flu shots than it did to get a tattoo. It sort of felt like someone was scraping at my foot with something like a fingernail. Maybe I have a high pain threshold. Maybe Dwayne was the bomb.I was in and out in less than an hour. I had a wrap over it for about three hours and then I removed it and washed it with mild soap. I was expecting for it to get scabby or crusty. Not a bit of bleeding, scabbing, or crusting. It looks perfect. The lines are a little raised up, which you can see in the photo, but I am to start putting Lubriderm on it four times a day now so it should smooth out.
I was instructed to avoid wearing shoes and socks for a few days, so I did my stretching DVD this morning. That was fine with me because I did more than enough walking on Saturday and Sunday around D.C.
I’m 100% pleased with my new owl. I had to get him a little bigger and a little more on the top of my foot because of the design and scarring from a surgery, but he’s exactly what I wanted. Now I really feel like the dissertation is done!