1. I'm a sucker for a good snow covered peak.
2. Inspiration for my next trip.
3. Mother nature is incredible and I just find them fascinating.
I recently summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and I wanted to commemorate this achievement in a more permanent way. So, on this wintry Mountain Monday (the first of many), I will be talking about my first and only tattoo...
In October, I set off on a trek to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - Blog post here if you're interested - And reaching the summit, despite a torn meniscus half way up, was probably my biggest achievement to date (other than somehow getting a degree and buying a flat). I completed the climb in memory of my Grandad, who passed away suddenly in the summer, and so I couldn't think of a more fitting tribute, I finally knew what I wanted, and where to have it...
I spoke to a few friends before planning it, as I didn't want to go to the closest/cheapest place. I finally settled on Inked Tattoo Studio in Sherborne, and I was booked in with Beth. I sent off the above photo of Kilimanjaro and she set to work.
I went in on Friday, a nervous wreck. I knew it would hurt, and all of my friends kept telling me I was 'brave getting my first tattoo on my foot' which didn't help matters!
She started by showing me the drawing she'd made of the mountain, before transferring it on to my foot with ink, and then starting to tattoo it on to my foot. Hilariously, after having already started, she then told me that your foot is one of the most painful places to have a tattoo, but there was no going back by that point!
I've included some photo's below, please excuse the state of my feet and nails, living in boots and tights instead of sandals makes me very lazy!
In the end it took around 25 minutes max and I am so in love with it. I have a permanent reminder of Kilimanjaro, a life-changing trip for me, and it's in a place it won't be noticed when I wear pretty shoes/dresses, which was my main concern!
I think tattoos can look great on people's arms, shoulders etc... but it wouldn't suit me at all!
I've asked Beth if I could go back to have a small part of it shaded over as I thought it was snow initially, and it's actually a cloud. I was so glad to have it completed that I didn't notice that at the time! It cost £40, and I just am so happy with it. The photo was taken the afternoon I came down from the mountain, so it's super personal to me as everything is as it was on that day!