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Dark Tower Tattoo

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I have no idea how I missed this community for so long, but yay for finally finding it!

I've got three tattoos at the moment, the only literary of them is the Eld Sigul on the top of my right foot. There is at least one other member of this community whom I've met that has it as well. *waves*

It is my favourite of my three tattoos, but I still rate it as my single worst idea in life EVER. I'd be happy to discuss my personal experience with getting my foot tattooed with anyone who is thinking about it, so feel free to ask!




My feet on my wedding day.




Next tattoo will also be literary, a text only arm band from Le Petit Prince that I hope to get some time this year. I am an American who married a French speaking French-Canadian and we used a passage from it in our ceremony. "Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé" just means the world to me.

Nice to meet y'all!
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On August 12th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC), blackbuttoneyes commented:
I love it! Why was it the worst idea- painful? I bet it hurt like a mofo.
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On August 12th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC), blackbuttoneyes replied:
I had one on my ribs that hurt like all hell breaking loose. I can imagine the foot is similarly horrific.
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On August 12th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC), blackbuttoneyes replied:
I'm considering the forearm for my theoretical next. I think it's a really unusual and lovely spot for one.
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On August 12th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC), seafeatures replied:
YOU HAVE THE DARK MARK?

Oh, god, that is all kinds of awesome.
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On August 14th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC), agraciado replied:
there's a harry potter tattoo community and tons of people have the dark mark :)
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On August 12th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC), thewordfairy replied:
Hoffific what a perfect word for it!

Ribs are supposed to be similar in pain, but I guess the foot takes longer to heal.

What's on your ribs?
On August 12th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC), blackbuttoneyes replied:
It's a medieval illumination of Beatrice from a Dante manuscript and the last line of 'La Vita Nuova.' I'm a medieval history grad student and wanted to show some Dante love. =)
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On August 12th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC), thewordfairy replied:
Outstanding!
Have you posted it on this community? I'd love to see it!
On August 12th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC), blackbuttoneyes replied:
I'm waiting till I get some better pictures, but here are some bad ones, heehee:

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On August 12th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC), teaspoons replied:
Feet aren't horrific, just the swelling that comes afterward...that was horrid for me.
On August 12th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC), blackbuttoneyes replied:
Yuck =/ I've been considering a foot one for a while, but I guess I would need to do it at a time when I wouldn't need my foot for a while...
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On August 12th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC), teaspoons replied:
Yeah luckily I was a receptionist at the time, so i just propped my foot up without a shoe on, under my desk.
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On August 12th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC), thewordfairy replied:
Exactly.

I know it isn't the same for everyone, but it was excrutiatingly painful to get done. I held my leg down, and the tattooist held my foot down because I kept kicking him in the face(Not on purpose!) when he certain spots.

Once it was done it took MONTHS to heal fully. For almost two months I didn't wear shoes that touched it (imagine me in shoe store after shoe store looking at flip flops that worked), and couldn't sleep with even a thin cotton sheet over it without pain. It woke me up at night with how bad it burned and was swollen almost a 1/4 inch higher than the rest of my skin as it healed.

Like I said, my favourite and also stupidest.
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On August 12th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC), velvetblonde commented:
I love Le Petit Prince! I read it in English & French. (:
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On August 12th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC), weakwiththedawn commented:
I considered that tattoo (The Eld Sigul)for a while, though I may end up getting the Big Coffin Hunter one instead, only because the Eld one doesn't fit well into my other ideas

Glad to see fellow Dark Tower lovers!
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On August 12th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC), mnemies commented:
I'm dying to get a tattoo on my foot.
I'm pretty stubborn, I'm not changing my mind about it.
Anything I should know going into it?
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On August 13th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC), thewordfairy replied:
Things I wish I had known before getting my foot tattoo
- Be prepared for serious serious pain. It made my spine tattoo seem like a joke.

- Arrange your life so that you do NOT have to wear shoes that touch it for at least a month. I went two months with flip flops that didn't touch it, and another month with shoes that I could take off for most of the day at work. I didn't manage socks for almost 4 months. This is just me, you may have a far easier time of it!

- Have someone else drive you to your touch up appointments. Your body has no time to begin producing endorphins when the touch up is being done, and it is excruciating.

- Did I mention don't wear shoes that cover it? I timed my tattoo in late summer so that I was able to get away with flip flops and/or sandals for months after.

- Be stubborn. Just be sure because you are going to invest more in the pain and care of this tattoo that probably any other you'll ever get.

- post pictures when you get it! I wanna see :D
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On August 13th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC), _gin_in_teacups replied:
Eek, I hope that doesn't put you off too much! My foot tattoo barely hurt at all and healed perfectly normally and quickly. Everyone's different.

But I agree about wearing shoes that don't rub it for as long as possible so it has the best chance of healing cleanly.
On August 13th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC), forletterlie replied:
I just got mine done on Saturday and I had a completely different experience than most others who get foot tattoos.

1. It did not hurt at all for me, though it wasn't nearly as big or detailed as others, but I can compare it being scratched lightly by a safety pin.

2. My feet did not swell at all and I've had no problems walking afterward.

3. It's only been four days and it's already beginning to heal a bit.

Now the shoe thing is important. It's really really difficult to find shoes that don't touch my tattoo. Plus, you're not supposed to expose your tattoo to direct sunlight, so have fun going outside and accomplishing those two tasks.

Good luck!
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On August 13th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC), thewordfairy replied:
When mine quit hurting quite so bad I sacrificed an old t-shirt and cut it into foot wide strips then tied it around my foot like a bandanna and attached it to my no-touchy flip flops. It guarded it against the sun without actually touching it.
See if that helps with the going outside AND not having shoes that touch the tattoo.

Congrats!
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On August 13th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC), sina_says replied:
i'll throw in my two cents:
~ my tattoo's on the top of my foot and about the size of my fist. it's four or five colors almost totally filled in, with a black outline.
~ it hurt like you wouldn't belive. particularly down near my toes. and when i say it hurt, i mean that i very nearly stopped him in the middle of it. i seriously considered leaving it half done. i have one other tattoo, a small one that's just a simple line drawing, on my upper arm. it hurt maybe 10% as much.
~ it healed up in no time. it didn't swell at all. i wore shoes the next day, briefly, and it was okay, if a bit uncomfortable. it scabbed up some for about a week and then was fine.

good luck!
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On August 13th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC), thewordfairy replied:
Ha!
I'm glad I'm not the only one that had serious thoughts about leaving it half done!

I have one down my spine starting almost at the base of my neck, and that was no joke to tattoo so I really figured I was prepared for the pain...Not so much.

I think as far as swelling and healing go I am the worst case scenario, it's all black and pretty darn big. I figure I'd have wanted to know my own story before getting it done, so I always throw it out there for folks who are getting a foot tattoo.

All the care and pain aside, it is my favourite.
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On August 12th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC), zevhonith commented:
Hallo!! I'm glad to see you here. :)
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On August 13th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC), butterballer commented:
oh my god that looks amazing.
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On August 13th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC), thewordfairy replied:
Thank y!ou
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On August 13th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC), toxaphene commented:
It looks beautiful.
I completely love it.
And you have nice feet, too (I don't know if that's weird to complement on?)!
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On August 13th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC), thewordfairy replied:
Heh :)
Thanks!
Normally they are pretty snarly from doing taekwon do, but they got all beautified during the worlds longest pedicure a couple of days before so they were looking alright.

It's nice to hear they didn't look scary though :)
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On August 13th, 2008 08:21 am (UTC), brenda_k_a commented:
Wow. Sorry you had such a rough time with your foot tattoo! Just goes to show how different each experience can be. I had no problems wih mine at all. Healed as quickly as the rest of mine. Was the most painful to be sure but still not unbearable by any means. Biggest difference was that it swelled up pretty good initially which mine usually don't do. I am trying to decide what I want to get on my other foot. lol

Glad to hear that at least it turned out to be your favorite!
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On August 13th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC), thewordfairy replied:
yeah, like I said, I think I'm the worst case scenario for a foot tattoo that goes well in the end, no allergic reactions or infections due to wearing shoes or whatever.

And it healed up beautifully, it needed one touch up to make sure the coverage was even and that was it.

Yeah, my favourite without a doubt.
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On August 13th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC), bia_and_uila commented:
I am brazilian, but if someday I get somme quote tattooed on me from le petit prince, it would be in it's original french, for sure. I really love that piece as well, it means a lot for people who love and got cativated someday.
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On August 13th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC), gonnafuckitup commented:
I almost never like foot tattoos but damn this one is wonderful... I so could not get a tattoo on my foot, I can barely stand getting pedicures!
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On August 13th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC), backupdancer commented:
Beautiful. I'm getting that on my left wrist. I also plan on getting a whole DT scene on my leg at some point.
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On August 26th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC), thornesgarden commented:
Oh very cool. DT ftw! I am a total King fanatic, but of all... DT. And that solid black on the top of your foot? All I can say to that, is "ouch!"
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