After years of hesitation and cowardice I’ve finally done it, I’ve got inked! My first tattoo! :rock:

Imaginary Karin - smaug tattoo

Imaginary Karin - smaug tattoo

The motif is of course Tolkien related. ;)
I’ve had several debates with myself whether I wanted his name rune, the White Tree of Gondor, a horse symbol for Rohan or something else… But I went with this little illustration of Smaug, which was actually my first choice. The first time I saw it I thought “that would be a nice tattoo” and while going over all the other choices I kept coming back to it. This one spoke to me, and you should always listen to your guts and your heart, right?

The dragon is actually an illustration by Tolkien himself. Some people don’t know this, but Tolkien created quite a lot of art, illustrations and sketches for his stories. He had a pretty unique style too. What could be better to put on my body than something like that?

Imaginary Karin - smaug tattoo

I’ve wanted a tattoo since forever but for many different reasons it just never happened – until a few weeks ago when I suddenly sent an email to a local tattoo parlour and booked an appointment. Which was yesterday.

(This is typical Karin behaviour. I can talk about something for years and years and never actually do it until one day, completely out of the blue, I will just get up and be like “sod it, it’s happening, and it’s happening today!“. Like that time I took the night train to the other end of the country by myself, or when I cut my long hair into a mohawk, or when I proposed to Markus.)

Getting tattooed actually wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be, and that’s coming from someone who absolutely hate needles. I mean, it wasn’t pleasant, but it wasn’t like WAAAHH OMG I’M DYING either. :P The tattoo is still only a day old, so the skin is a little red around it and it’s a little bit sore. But I’m so happy I did it! I can’t stop looking at it! :D At last!

TL;DR From now on you may refer to me as the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. *puts on sunglasses* 8)