The last week has went wonderfully for me. I am doing well, both professionally and personally. This post is mostly a review. I got a tattoo yesterday evening. I had decided to get a tattoo that I’ve been wanting to get for awhile. The staff at the shop that I visited on Friday evening impressed me with their professionalism and I booked my appointment that evening. I made an appointment with 407 Tattoo & Piercing Studio’s owner, Paul Loh. Paul Loh’s Assistant actually made the appointment and informed me that the Pre-Tattoo instructions were on the studio’s website. She also offered to explain them to me, as well.
I went back for my appointment on Monday evening,
April 28, 2014. Paul and his Assistant greeted me as I arrived for my appointment. Paul Loh’s Assistant then checked me in. She gave me the necessary paperwork to complete and took it from me when I had finished completing it.
I then spoke with Paul about the design that I had come up with for the tattoo. He took what I had designed and implemented it into his final design. Per his recommendation, I went with a more simplified one-color version.
Once the design was completed, Paul requested that I take a seat in his chair and proceeded to prep my arm to receive the tattoo. Throughout this process, Paul was conversational and patiently answered any questions that I had regarding the tattoo process. Once the area was prepped, he placed the design and was ready to begin the tattoo.
We had decided, per his suggestion, to just go with a basic black ink design. He worked skillfully to tattoo the design onto my arm. He had a very light touch when tattooing. Unlike my previous tattoo experience, I felt only minimal discomfort during the process. At the end, I finally looked at the tattoo. It was beautiful. Going with the simpler design was totally perfect.
The design that I decided to go with, I call the Infinity Love Heart. I decided to get this design tattoo’d onto my left forearm to remind me to love and respect myself. The idea for getting this tattoo is symbolic came from knowing about the mission of To Write Love On Her Arms organization. Their mission and vision is to present hope and find help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-harm and suicide.
This tattoo and it’s symbolism is deeply personal to me as I have struggled for many years with bi-polar disorder. I have been diagnosed with Bipolar 2. I don’t have the highs that are associated with the disease. I have experienced bouts of debilitating depression. However, at this point I’m considered to be well into recovery. I have accepted my disease and accept the fact that I will need to be on medication for the rest of my life. And that is OK. I am not my diagnosis. I have a diagnosis. And at this point I have risen above it.
If you would like more information on the organization To Write Love On Her Arms, please visit their website: http://www.twloha.com
If you are considering a tattoo, I highly recommend Paul Loh. He and his staff provide wonderful and friendly customer service. He does excellent work and I am totally pleased with the results of his design work and tattooing. Please visit his websites: http://the407tattoostudio.com or http://paullohtattoos.com
You could also drop by his place of business at 13428 Occoquan Road, Woodbridge, VA 22191 for a consultation and to book an appointment.