The first time. Always exciting. Same goes for my first tattoo. For years I had been thinking about it and when I finally turned 18, I made an appointment. I visited Magical Needle in Vilvoorde, a town not far from here. My sister’s boyfriend at the time went there and I had heard a lot of positive things about the place. For the record, my latest tats were done by the same artist.
The sister’s boyfriend at the time also scared me to death with his horrorstories of pain. Turned out that wasn’t necessary at all! Easy breezy! It even tickled a little! Maybe that’s when my ‘addiction’ began. Because the experience was so opposite the expectations/fear.
My plan was simple. A spider it would be. And not just any spider but an elegant, beautiful Black Widow. You see, I love spiders, unlike the other 98% of the population.
My love for spiders started senior year in high school. I read a lot about these interesting creatures and got more and more fascinated. They are fairly misunderstood. For instance, they are way more scared of us, than we are of them (cliché, I know, but true!). And most of them aren’t as dangerous as everyone believes them to be. They are the animal vacuum cleaners. What I mean is, they rid our houses of mosquitos and flies, the two most irritant insects. I mean, mosquitos! They have absolutely no biological use! Spiders do!
Spiders can also be really pretty. Some of them at least… A lot of tarantulas have beautiful colors. For those of you whose stomach can handle it, try googling Poecilotheria metallica or Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens. Or click on the names and I will lead you to it. Gorgeous, right?
But I would never put a tarantula on my body for all eternity. Too hairy! 😉 I chose the elegant smoothness of one of the black widow species (Latrodectus mactans). I went looking for images and ended up with this one:
With this image, I went to see tattoo artist Stinky. ‘On my hip’, I told him. ‘You got it’, said he. No sooner said than done. In 2004, this image became a permanent part of my body. It’s been there for quite a while and I haven’t regretted it for a second!
I searched through all my photos but couldn’t find one of the fresh ink. Unfortunately. You will have to make do with these old (webcam) photos. They were taken a few months after I got the ink. A bit further I’ll show you the current state of events. You’ll notice the difference 😉
I often get the question, wondering if I wasn’t afraid the image would distort during pregnancy. Actually no, I wasn’t. And I didn’t have to. My humble pregnant belly (I gained weight in all kinds of other places) was above my tattoo. So no distortion there. If anything, it sort of got more compact because my tummy wasn’t as tight as when I was 18, before my pregnancy.
Approximately 12 years and multiple yoyo kilos to my blubbery tummy later, the spider looks like this: