I definitely wanted to design my own, and incorporate Izzy into it. I found some images on the internet and started showing them to Joacim, and he told me about Voluta Tattoo, which is a studio in downtown Indy. I went to their site and saw Dina's work, and I knew that she was the one I wanted to do this and I'm sooo glad I chose her.
I did the first session on Mother's Day. Kind of appropriate for me since the tattoo is about Izzy...anyway, at this session, she created the stencil and placed it on my back, then used a henna-colored ink to do the outline of the tattoo. Now granted, you're getting stuck with a needle hundreds and hundreds of times, but the PAIN!!! Argh!!! I had no idea..I mean, I pushed a baby out of my hoo-ha without drugs, right? A tattoo should be a piece of cake. Well, not so much, at least not for me while I'm on these meds. The cyclosporine makes my skin REALLY sensitive...had I been smarter I would've done this before the cyclosporine back in December when I was still on steroids..that would've numbed the pain a bit!