Yesterday a friend of mine was venturing to a local tattooist to have his first tattoo done. The guys
Another foreigner had used this tattooist before and the tattoo was very good quality. The stall is basic with a few seats and that is about it. There isn’t a couch or air-conditioning or those sorts of mod cons available.
The tattooist I have used here in Thailand has disappeared. His shop seems to still be where it used to be but is never open. I have one tattoo I want finished and three more to be done. Here my mate looks a little unsure if this is hurting or not.
Here my mate gives the thumbs up signal, no worries mate. Tattoos don’t hurt too much. They aren’t completely painless but they also aren’t torturous either. I have one going on the inside of my bicep and my friend who has many, many tattoos told me that this does hurt like absolute hell. I am looking forward to this.
Originally my mate was told the tattoo would be a few hours, well it took a little longer than that. It was 4 hours and here he is very close to finally being able to stand up and stretch.
The finished product, he is a Chelsea Football Club fan and has been all his life. Now he has branded himself he can never change teams. The tattoo was unbelievably cheap. The price was 500 Thai Baht or say around $20 Australian dollars. This is insane to me.
He quoted one of my tattoos at 270 Thai Baht, I couldn’t believe this. It is Japanese Kanji and will take around 3 hours to complete. I told him I would pay him 350 baht for it and will probably give him a little more.
I haven’t had the large tattoo I want done quoted yet, it will cover most of my back and be 40 plus hours to complete. The main reason is Miss Noot is very adamant that she doesn’t want me to get this tattoo as it is so big.
I told her not to worry as know one can see it unless I have my shirt off, which is hardly ever. So I will get the other 3 done in the meantime and keep working on Miss Noot for the masterpiece I want done.
I could always go and get it started and then say, “I can’t leave it like this as it looks stupid if it isn’t finished, doesn’t it?” I will just have to play this one by ear and keep asking and asking until she finally gives in.