I got my first ink today, the World of Warcraft Horde insignia on my lower right abdomen. I got only got the insignia done, considering the diamond shield as well, but it would be large, thought it a bit much for my first tatt, and the artist said it could be added later with good results.
I had the work done at Psycho Clown Tattoo in Fort Worth, TX. I had no idea how to choose a tattoo artist, but PCT had a favorable writeup in a recent Fort Worth Weekly. The seemed like talented and reputable artists, so I chose them.
If you've never gotten a tattoo before, you probably don't know what searing pain feels like. I'm not talking about burning your finger on the stove, I'm talking hot needles piercing the skin for 45+ minutes of agony. I took no pain meds of any kind, no alcohol, aspirin; nothing. It's definitely a rite of passage of sorts and I have new respect for people that have elaborate tattoos on their bodies.
And when I left, there were only two cars in the parking lot, my Prius and, well, someone else's Prius! At the tattoo studio! Evidence that not all Prius owners are uncool?