A Christmas Present to Myself (sorry dad)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

It had been two years since I last found myself under the needle of a tattoo machine. With this in mind, I decided it was time to save up the pennies and get to work on ideas for a new addition - and I'm so glad I did. I am now blessed with the most beautiful tattoo a person could wish for - I've never spent so much time looking at my own legs!

As you may have seen in one of my previous posts, when I was about three or four I was asked what I wanted to be when I was older. To everyone’s astonishment I answered, without hesitation: ‘a Palaeontologist’ (before also announcing my sister wanted to be a Teletubby - oops)

While my dream of digging up dinosaurs for a living didn’t quite transpire, my appreciation for them has long continued and so I knew very early on that I wanted a tattoo to commemorate such an important element of my childhood.

I don’t necessarily get tattoos for their sentimental value, I don’t see it as a must to have a justification for why you have been inked - sometimes you just fall in love with a design and that is that. But this particular piece does have very a unique meaning to me - the irony being the person who has inspired me to get it, is the one person who will curse me when they see it in the flesh (sorry Dad).

I spent months and months searching through designs on both Pinterest and Instagram, not just for inspiration, but in hope that I would find the perfect artist for the job. It was by complete accident that I stumbled across an amazing animal skull tattoo by Lozzy, I was instantly mesmerised by this and all other examples of her work and couldn't help but leave an excitable comment enquiring her availability and potential interest in larger, pre-historic reptilian skulls!

 I was absolutely delighted to book myself in with Lozzy at Occult Tattoo, and last Saturday, my best friend and I traveled to West Worthing for my appointment. In preperation for my sitting, I grabbed myself a chicken wrap and stuffed it down my neck, washing it down with a strong latte which left me pondering if pumping myself with caffeine when I was due to sit still for the next couple of hours was a wise choice.

I walked through the front door of the shop and was greeted with that all-so-familiar sound of gently buzzing machines. The interior instantly transports you to a magical, creative world of witchcraft and mystery, yet you still find yourself feeling completely safe, welcome and at home - a reasonably important factor if you're about to spend the best part of three hours having a needle jabbed into your skin!

I only have a handful of tattoos, but I've got every one of them at this particular parlour because I know that I'm going to be in safe hands, and that is so, so important - I would recommend them to anyone.

 My gorgeous little dino-friend is now almost a week old, and since having him done I have had lots of amazing comments, but also a lot of questions. I thought it would be fun to answer a few of those in this post:

 How did you find the right artist?
After making the mistake a few years ago of getting a tattoo on a whim, I now make sure that I dedicate a lot of time to finding the right person for the design I am looking for. Different tattoo artists will specialise in different forms of art, so for my dinosaur, I knew I needed to find someone who doesn't just create beautiful bone designs, but is passionate about them! I was absolutely beside myself with happiness when I found @LozzyBonesTattoo on Instagram - and even more happy when I discovered she works at Occult Tattoo. You are about to make a decision that will remain with you for the rest of your life, so research is pretty important!

Did it hurt?
This is the first question people seem to ask whenever someone gets a new tattoo, and the answer is... I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to piercings and tattoos, I seem to have a weirdly high pain threshold, so this didn't actually hurt at all. It was a bit sore near the end as the needle goes over the raw skin, but other than that I was quite comfortable.

The amount of pain will obviously depend on the area of your body you are getting tattooed - the thigh is a much less painful place to be inked as it's a lot more fleshy, or in my case, flabby! The tattoo I had on my ankle was slightly more sore, as it was over thin skin and near to the ankle bone.

How long did it take?
All together it took two and a half hours, but it felt like a lot less (probably because I was so excitable!) I kept having to resist the temptation to peek over at what was happening as I wanted it to be a surprise - my best friend's smiley facial expressions were enough to fill me with confidence!

If you are local to the Sussex area then I would absolutely recommend checking out Occult Tattoo. If you want to be first to know about any new designs up for grabs or guest artists making an appearance, I would strongly suggest following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Do you have any tattoos? Which one is your favourite? Would love to hear your tattooing tales in the comments!

 Elly xo


  1. Your tattoo looks incredible 😍 It's not a design that I would ever have considered myself, but it looks so effective and just beautiful on you that I think I need to expand my horizons more! It's so well executed, top marks to your tattooist! The dot-work is exquisite! Thanks for sharing the experience with us!

    Abbey 😍 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  2. Oh my god, this is gorgeous! I'm in Brighton, so definitely going to keep Lozzy in mind for my next tattoo. The lines look so clean and the dot work for the shading!!!

    Aisling | anthologie.

  3. Oh wow, they did a fantastic job. Going through a mid life crisis moment and got the itch to be inked again. Will have to check these guys out! Funny, I went through a phase of wanting to be an archaeologist when I was younger, have visions of Indiana Jones strapped across my chest now ha ha.


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