FAQ: Where do you get your tattoos done? I have had most of my ink done at Southern Star in Atlanta, Ga
Hey guys! Hope you are doing swell. This post has been something that I've wanted to do for a while, but I haven't gotten around to it until now. Oh well, there is no time like the present. I'm a huge fan of tattoos and the stories behind them. I'm fairly certain that if I wasn't an actor and model, I would have quite a few more pieces on my body. I currently have 5 tattoos, ranging from small text to larger images. I'm going to be splitting these posts up over the next several months, since each tattoo has a pretty significant story behind it.
My compass, back piece is the largest of my tattoos and was by far was the most painful. I would have thought the one on my ribs would have been the worst, but while getting the compass on my spine, I felt it on every inch of my body. I'm pretty good when it comes to pain. If you have never gotten a tattoo, it's a difficult sensation to explain. Some areas are super easy and painless, but others are pretty uncomfortable. Before I get a new piece, I always think about it for a good 6 months prior to make sure I really love the design. I even go so far as to Photoshop it on myself to play with the positioning and sizing. I don't really care for blocky tattoos that are super obnoxious. I love for tattoos to flow seamlessly on the body, almost like a birthmark. I knew I had to get the compass fairly big to keep it masculine looking. The shoulder-blades are a great place for a tattoo if you like symmetrical ink.
As far as the reasoning behind the piece, I really wanted to get something that represented "staying grounded" despite any success or accomplishments I might have in my life. I wanted a piece of art to remind me to remember where I came from and who helped me get there. I had the artist make the design slightly etch to symbolize that a journey is not perfect and straight, but full of detours and seemingly failures that shape you into the person you are now. I also thought that this would make the tattoo fade really nicely as I get older. I had the "S" on the compass embellished a little more than the other directions to show that I am from the South and I love my family and where I am from. Despite the pain, I could not be happier with how it turned out. I'm already planning my next one! Sorry Mom!