Tattoo Journey

McGee:

I have always been semi-obsessed with tattoos (sorry, mom and dad). It started after I followed account after account of uber-cool tattoo artists – cue @jonboytattoo, @winterstone, and @bangbangnyc. I would spend hours scrolling through these accounts and drooling over all the different tattoos. From Kendall Jenner to Cara Delevingne, tiny delicate tattoos were constantly filling my news feed. Each tattoo sparked my interest in the story behind it – why that design? What’s the meaning behind that tattoo? Which got me thinking, what would I want my tattoo to be?

Well, I have been riding and competing with American Saddlebred horses since I was 5 years old. They have been such a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember; and, no matter where I’m going to be in 20 years, horses will still be such a major part of who I am as a person. Not to mention, I’m such a believer in luck and superstition, and horseshoes are known to be quite lucky! So… voila… I knew what I wanted as my tattoo – a horseshoe!

Photo courtesy of McGee Bosworth

I have been telling myself for the last five or six years that I was going to get this horseshoe tattoo, but I was so afraid. I am SUCH a wimp when it comes to pain, so I thought there was no way I was going to be able to manage the pain of a tattoo. After some serious positive self-talk, I decided at the end of last semester that I was going to do it. I knew I would regret it if I never actually went through with my tattoo plan. First things first, I started researching different tattoo places. I knew I’d be working in New York last summer, so I set my sights on tattoo shops in NYC. After talking to some tattoo-pros, I decided on Eight of Swords Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. All the people that I talked to from Eight of Swords were awesome – super informed, experienced, and patient. They answered every tiny question and calmed every anxiety that I had prior to getting my tattoo.

Turns out, getting a tattoo wasn’t nearly as painful or scary as I thought it was going to be. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t comfortable. And, my mom absolutely thought I was going to pass out when it started; but, I made it through and I’m better for it! I LOVE my tattoo. It’s tiny, delicate, and simple – everything I wanted it to be. And, it reflects such an important part of my life and who I am as a person. I know they say that one tattoo is a gateway drug to many more tattoos down the line, but it’s going to take some serious convincing for my dad to let me get another one! In the meantime, I’ll just continue to admire my insta feed!

Kate:

I’ve had the same semi-obsession (turned into obsession as of two years ago lol) with tattoos as McGee. I’m very much a nature girl by heart and always knew I wanted my first tattoo to be a flower. What type of flower? Hell. I had no idea. My search began with following some recommended artists on Instagram, @pissarotattoo, @rit.kit.tattoo, and @bangbangnyc, to name a few.

When I found that more images of tattoos then pictures of my friends started showing up on Instagram (thanks algorithm! ugh) I decided it was time to make a Pinterest board, as the average girl would do.

I see tattoos as a form of expression, meant to be representative of the wearer. Of course there are tattoos that are done quickly or sometimes appear not to have any particular meaning, but in the end, they were created for a reason and have a unique story to them. In the end, I chose a daffodil, both to represent my mother and grandmother’s favorite flower. My goal, when talking to my tattoo artist (Justin at Eventide Tattoo in Cardiff, CA is the bomb.com), was to have my grandmother’s first initial “G” for Gail, hidden somewhere in the flower. If you take a closer look below in the center of the flower, there is a little lowercase “g”.

Photo courtesy of Kate Shapiro

The purpose of my tattoo made it easier to get over my nervousness about the pain, and honestly just sitting completely still for 45 minutes. I would say the needle felt like a sharp pencil running over your skin, obviously uncomfortable, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Definitely will be getting another one in the next year or so!

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