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Phoenix Feather Tattoo by KHDPhotography Phoenix Feather Tattoo by KHDPhotography
Just a picture of my first tattoo. You're welcome to comment, but I'd appreciate it if you didn't leave any comments about how I shouldn't have gotten it. Believe me, I've heard it all.

Pain
The first thing anyone thinks about when getting a tattoo for the first time is how much it's going to hurt. I spent months trying to decide the perfect place, and when I decided to get this tattoo on my neck/behind the ear, I was especially concerned about that. I did hurt, but not as much as you would think. It hurt a LOT less than I was expecting, (especially in a place where there's so many nerves) I actually think a pinch hurts more, it's just that this pain in more drawn out, which makes it uncomfortable. However, it was never more than I could bear. Actually, I'm really ticklish, and I was having trouble keeping still because I was laughing too much.

Visibility
When I first started thinking about a tattoo, I wanted my tattoo to be covered up, so that I could have the choice of showing it or hiding it. I never in a million years thought I would get it here, but it's actually quite perfect. I don't really like to do much with my hair, and I prefer to keep it down, so it naturally hides itself, and if I ever want to show it off, I just put my hair up.


Symbolism: What this tattoo means to me.
1. I'm a gamer (and I want to go into the video game industry), and a feather has various references to games such as God of War, Assassin's Creed, ect.

3. I moved to Brazil as an exchange student, and My host mom in Brazil calls me "Passarinho" aka "little bird". Also, the name of my school is Colegio Senhora da Pena (pena, meaning feather). I wanted something to remember my time here and my classmates who made it so special, and this seemed like a more subtle way to do it rather than getting "Brazil" tattooed on my ass.

4. Again, a reference to Brazil. As an exchange student, i'm changing so much as a person. I don't even recognize who I was before all this started, and all the better. I've gone so many hard things in my life, and I was kind of a scarred person before I came here, but Brazil is putting me back together better than I was before. This tattoo is also about how I've been, for a lack of a better word, reborn as this new person, as phoenix is reborn from it's ashes. I know it seems kind of cheesy, but it's true, and I don't expect anyone else to fully understand without having experienced what I've gone through for themselves.
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AmandaRains111 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Omg! I love it! The design. The placement. The coloring. Very Awesome!
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Hiitaru Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I really like the placement! Did you use my design? If you did I would be really flattered :D
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AnnaTheSpanner Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A beautiful tattoo and a great story behind it. :)
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rukia3738 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I love your tattoo, and your explanation about it's meaning only make it better. I know lots of people do not understand the beauty of tattoos, but it doesn't matter, it's their loss. Thanks for sharing both your tattoo and your experience.
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rukia3738 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Hi again, I just wanted to share this drawing with you:

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I made it using your tattoo as an inspiration, I gave you credit for that and add a link to your photo, tell me if you like it.
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Slightly-Spartan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! I left you a comment on you're drawing! It's stunning.
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rukia3738 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thank You so much, I'm glad you like it
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tonitomes Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, i love this tattoo, phoenix and feathers mean so much to me too, i have a tat of a feather myself, so many people don't understand the meanings behind them!
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Slightly-Spartan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely agree! Most people who don't really like tattoos think it's silly, but everyone else has been really understanding and appreciative of the art and meaning behind it :)
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Questmaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Beautiful. I have a tatt of the whole Phoenix. I do understand the feeling of being reborn but for different reasons. Next year I will be officially 5 years cancer free. I'm going to get a feather tattooed over the scar where my portacath was in the same colors as yours so it matches my Phoenix.
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Slightly-Spartan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that is absolutely amazing and sounds like an absolutely beautiful work of art. Congratulations!
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prettyflour Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal!

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Slightly-Spartan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the feature!
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DreJay Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow:

I. LOVE.


Seriously, it is so perfect :D It is everything I imagined it would be! Bravo!!!
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Slightly-Spartan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, you are so sweet. thanks so much!
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HappenedtoLive Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wooooow!!! I want one as well, does it hurt there?
<3
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not as much as you would think. It's going to hurt, but it hurt a LOT less than I was expecting, especially in a place where there's so many nerves. Actually, I'm really ticklish, and I was having trouble keeping still because I was laughing.
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Sahnie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm one of the people who would only get a tatto at a spot where nobody can see it except the person I want to; and I always thought nowadays this is impossible when you think of going swimming half naked etc. . But you just showed me the perfect spot and a very nice tattoo.

It looks very beautiful, and I hope it didn't hurt too much, cause I can imagine this spot to be very sensitive. o.o

If I ever want a small tattoo, I guess now I know where I'll do it.
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I was the same way. I wanted my tattoo to be covered up, so that I could have the choice of showing it. I never in a million years thought I would get it here, but it's actually quite perfect. I always have my hair down, so it naturally hides itself, and if I ever want to show it off, I just put my hair up :)

It didn't hurt as much as you would think. It hurt, but it hurt a LOT less than I was expecting, especially for a place with so many nerves. Actually, I'm really ticklish, and I was having trouble keeping still because I was laughing.

Thank you so much for your support :) If you ever get the tattoo, link me the photo :) I would love to see it.
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NoNameAnime Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it!!!! did it hurt when you got the tattoo? just wondering
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not as much as you would think. It hurt a LOT less than I was expecting, especially in a place where there's so many nerves, and it never hurt more than I could bear (and I'm a bit of a baby). Actually, I'm really ticklish, and I was having trouble keeping still because I was laughing.
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NoNameAnime Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha. a lot of my friends scare me and tell me that getting a tattoo is the most painful thing. but at least its good to know that it won't hurt as much as people say:)
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahah seriously, stubbing your toe hurts more, in my opinion. Tattoos are just a different kind of pain. you just have to get used to it, but don't worry :)
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weskerfreak105 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoooooow O_O! I love it soo much <3
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really?? I'm glad you like it!
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weskerfreak105 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=D!
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VincentAMV Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
YES! I love you!
I have been thinking about a tatoo of a phoenix, but I think it's to big, and if you make it smaller it looses all detail. A feather is perfect. I won't copy this one but thank you.
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't do anything much, but you're welcome :) I'm glad you found your inspiration! If you end up getting that tattoo, would you mind sending me a link? I would love to see it :)
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VincentAMV Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
It may take a while before I actually get it, but when I do I will send you the photo. :)
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excelent :) good luck!
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ayelison Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's an awesome tattoo!
If you don't mind me asking, what does it symbolise for you?
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've updated the description to include the symbolism. You're more than welcome to read :)
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thisism3smiling Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Gorgeous tat! I LOVE the color!
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :) I'm a little whitey, so the color shows up really well on my skin :)
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ASimpleArtLover Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
it's beautiful!
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you!
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zapxfire1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful tattoo and excellent colour splash!
What's this I here about people against this tattoo? Are they mad?
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahah actually, my family doesn't know about it, but when other people see it, (older people mostly) you can just see that they don't approve, and before I got it, I read countless webpages about neck tatts and, as you can imagine, it was full of trolls.
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zapxfire1 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So apparently neck tattoos are bad to the majority of people? I thought sleeves or tramp stamps and other conspicuous tattoos would be worse than the ones that can be easily hidden with hair.
The world is messed up.
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I've seen neck tattoos that look extremely trashy, but I wanted to make sure to avoid that, and I really don't mine is. However, I really don't care if other people don't like it, I just don't want to be forced to listen to it. Thank you for your support.
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zapxfire1 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a good thing that you don't care what other people say.
You're welcome.
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BrokenWingsOfLight Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bad ass tat man!
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :) I can't tell if you ment "man" in a literal sense (probably not), but I'm just going to go ahead and let you know that I'm a chick :P
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BrokenWingsOfLight Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL Im sorry, I call everyone man because alot of ppl call me man when im a girl^^U It became a bad habbit
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahah it's ok, I do it too :P
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BrokenWingsOfLight Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL:D
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ScarletFlowerXXX Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so lovely!!!! and dont listen to anyone who says you shouldnt have gotten it cause if you like it then thats all that should matter! so try not to let it get to you. i think it looks fabulous:)
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BeautifulHorses Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really cool!
Does it symbolize anything?
I also heard that that's one of the spots that REALLY hurt :P Is that true?
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KHDPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It has an amazing amount of symbolism for me
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1. I'm a gamer (and I want to go into the video game industry), and it has various references to games such as God of War, Assassin's Creed, ect.

2. I moved to Brazil as an exchange student, and the name of my school is Colegio Senhor da Pena (pena, meaning feather). I wanted something to remember my time here, and this seemed like a more subtle way to do it rather than getting "Brazil" tattooed on my ass.

3. Again, a reference to Brazil. As an exchange student, i'm changing so much as a person. I don't even recognize the person I was before all this started, so this tattoo is also about how the old me is gone, and I've been, for a lack of a better word, reborn as this new person. Much like a phoenix. I know it seems kind of cheesy, but it's more true than I could expect anyone else to understand.

Not as much as you would think. It hurt, but it hurt a LOT less than I was expecting, (especially in a place where there's so many nerves) and it was never more than I could bear. Actually, I'm really ticklish, and I was having trouble keeping still because I was laughing.
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BeautifulHorses Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well at least there's a purpose for it :)
I like the symbolism it has for you :)
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