So I'm considering getting a tattoo for the first time, in my late 20s.

I have been thinking about what I'd like for many years, and it's always the same concept and animal, though I don't have a specific picture in mind. It would be something fairly big (about 5-6 inches), on the front of each thigh.

I recently got a recommendation for an artist that is a-MAY-zing, in my city! Obviously there's a long waiting list and all, but seeing her portfolio made me literally itch for getting this done. But it's a pretty permanent decision! So I'm a bit nervous, so I come to GT.

When did you get your first tattoo? How long had you been thinking about it? Was it small or large, and if big, how much did it cost? How did you feel after you got it? Did you get it for a specific reason or for self expression? Do you still love it?

This is one tattoo that I've always found so pretty and delicate, and I love LOVE the style. It's by artist Amanda Wachob (not the artist I'm referring to above).

First tattoo stories?S