I have loved Sad Amish’s work for forever. Last December I thought to myself: well, why not? So I got the courage and emailed his bookings email, not really thinking too much about it as I knew he’s really popular and assumed I’d never heard back.
Well, a few weeks later I heard back from him! I nearly passed out, I was so excited. There you go by the end of December I had a booking for the 1st of February at his tattoo shop at Bordeaux, France.
The day sneaked up on me so quickly. One day I was booking my flights and what felt like the next day I was boarding the plane. I’m so thankful to Nico. This was my first big piece (of probably many to come) and I was so fortunate to have this experience with such a beautiful and considerate artist. I’ll always remember the little exchange we had –
Nico (aka Sad Amish): Are you nervous? S: Naaah, I'm more excited! N: Cool. Is this your first bigger piece? S: Yes. N: Well, I'd like to think of myself as a gentle tattooer.
I think walking in a tattoo shop can be quiet intimidating, especially the kind that The Church Workshop is. However, don’t let that stop you! The people there were so lovely, kind and made me feel comfortable while I was there! I met the rest of the artists there, a guest artist at the time and the absolute highlight – Bacon.
So what inspired this piece? Well, I remember someone giving me very good tattoo advice once: if you love a song or a band, don’t get the lyrics or name tattooed on but rather something that will represent it yet still be beautiful if you fall out of love with the song/band.
The 1975 happens to be one of my favorite bands with the fallingforyou having been one of my favorite songs for a while now. I’ve been fortunate enough to hear the song live twice now and bawl my eyes out like a baby both times. The piece was inspired by that song, specifically the lyrics:
I don’t want to go into detail as to why fallingforyou is one of my favourite songs, that’s for me to know and for no one else to find out. 😉
As part of preparing for this trip and getting a tattoo, I was concerned about the tattoo aftercare. Thankfully Balmonds (previously Pure Potions*) reached out to me and saved the day. I used their Skin Salvation: Intensive Moisturising Ointment for the healing process. It worked really well for me and I will probably be re-purchasing it in the future (I’m already halfway done with the tub). It’s all natural ingredients (contains Beeswax so not vegan-friendly), no parabens, perfumes etc. Really good stuff! It helped me heal my tattoo really well! I showed it to my artist as well before using it and he seemed to agree! The lovely team behind the Balmonds were so very kind to share a discount code for all of you: SIMONA20 will get you 20% off.
Until next time. Also, I have more tattoo related content coming up including some awesome new pieces. Very exciting times ahead but until then share some kindness.