First and foremost, no it didn't hurt! I'm going to be the weirdo here and say I actually quite liked the feeling of it. The guy did it by needle and hand, not one of those dreaded guns that sound like death. Luckily, I've had no problems with it at all (touch wood).
I was told to keep wet hair off it for a few days to not saturate it, and to keep out of the sun for a few weeks (of course this was easy). I moisturised it three times a day with sudacreme for a week and it never scabbed over or went that horrible raw red that some people get.
I know a lot of people don't like tattoo's and have a huge problem about them being permanent. I've always wanted one and researched into it a good few months before booking it. Nightingale is my surname, so this little birdy will stay with me forever, even if my surname changes. I only have a sister so we won't be carrying the name on. I've probably just jinxed myself into never getting married, hoorah.
I don't notice it most of the time, until I look in the mirror (obviously), and I've had a couple of instances when friends have forgotten and then questioned the dirt on my neck.. oh wait yeah forgot you had a tattoo! If I'm looking for 'going out' clothes (when am i not looking..?!) then I'll try to find tops that have a low neck to show it off a bit. I'm not that bothered about having it on show, and even though I was wary about when it was visible on placement, no one commented (apart from mum obviously) and no one ever has.
I do want another one, and I've been playing around with a few ideas, much to my parent's dismay. But I'm really undecided on where to actually get it so I'm holding stead for the moment.
So just to round up, I've had no problems and I still think it's the delicate pretty sketch I wanted, I'm so so pleased with how it's kept it's colour and detail, and could not be happier to prove everyone's negative comments about infections wrong!
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