#374: The Peeling

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My tattoo is starting to peel, which makes it incredibly itchy and makes me want to itch it badly. Unfortunately, I cannot touch it or else I risk ruining the tattoo and its coloration, which I’m not about to do. I don’t want to waste what was an amazing job done by an amazing artist, and I feel like I’d really be throwing it all down the drain by itching it. So I resist the urge and work without it.

Along where the tattoo artist shaved before he started drilling into my skin, hair follicles can be seen and are starting to build up there and around that spot. I can see buds of hair starting to form, and I have no idea yet what I’m going to do about that, because I’m a hairy person and I can’t tell if I want the hair to grow back on that spot. I mean, it’d be weird to just have a part of my body that doesn’t have hair at all, and it’d also be weird to just shave around the tattoo. There’s really no way of fixing it without it looking weird in some way or another, and I think that’s due to just my terrible genetics more than anything else.

When tattoos start to peel, the right thing is just to ignore them. Unfortunately, they apparently peel and look this way for a long time, so it’s difficult to ignore them for that long. I prefer pretending it doesn’t exist, but then again the tattoo is still there, it still itches, and it still looks fantastic. When I was taking a shower the other day, I saw the tattoo so clearly on my arm and I couldn’t get over the fact that I actually got it. I love having it around me now.

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