Here's a pic taken right after the tattoo artist finished.
I was slightly scared, worried about how badly it would hurt. After work, my husband and I stopped by the tattoo parlor and talked to the artist. I told him what I wanted, showed him picture, and he said that we should go eat and come back. He said not to get drunk, but I could have a couple of drinks if I wanted. So we went to Applebees, ate, and I had two margaritas. Then we went back.
I was pleasantly surprised. It hurt, yes. But not the level of pain I expected. All in all, it took about two hours. We chatted the entire time (and I held my husband's hand). after we left, my shoulder began throbbing and it hurt off and on all night. I've been washing it and putting the lotion on and I took Aleve, but it still aches. Ah well, at least the swelling has gone down. In a few days I'm hoping I won't even feel it.
But I did it! And I love the design and the colors.