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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.

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.

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!
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
AnnaTheSpanner Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A beautiful tattoo and a great story behind it. :)
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.
rukia3738 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Hi again, I just wanted to share this drawing with you:


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.
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.
rukia3738 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thank You so much, I'm glad you like it
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!
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 :)
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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