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THAT'S WHAT THEY TOLD ME WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OLD AND DECIDED TO GET MY FIRST TATTOO...

We were on family vacation in Destin, Florida and I had been begging my mom to let me get a tattoo since I was probably 11 years old. I walk into Alan’s Cool Ink not knowing what to expect. I pick out a shooting star design from his flash sheet and ask him if he could do it in blues and purples. Mom signs off on the parent’s consent and then it happens. Alan gets started with my tattoo and my face turns pale. All the blood rushed to my feet and my friend thought it was the funniest thing ever. I took a deep breath and stuck it out and proved that I was a badass 15 year old with a fresh tattoo there to remind me for the rest of my life that I could handle anything thrown at me. That was the day I became addicted to body modification and body art. The rest is history. Life is full of firsts and those are always the moments that burn an image in our minds that we want to carry with us forever. Like remembering the first time you saw the love of your life. Or the first time you held your child. Photographs preserve these memories and help us live those firsts all over again, kind of like when I got my first tattoo.