Hi all, bit of a long post coming in, just looking for advice and/or emotional support. I’ve been wanting swallow tattoos for a while and finally got them on Wednesday on either side of my chest. I love the artist and have another tattoo from her so was excited. I had a really specific style in mind and gave her a couple of references.
Fast forward to the day, we make a few changes to the stencil and placements and I thought it looked great before we started, so we go ahead. A day later, I’m feeling disappointed. Its not exactly what I had in mind and the placement is maybe an inch off. The beaks are bigger than they looked like on the stencil and I didn’t notice until after it was done.
I was so excited to have these done and I just feel a bit embarrassed by the whole situation. Like I was genuinely happy but then afterwards it wasn’t what I had in mind. The tattoos themselves are really really well done, but because I had such a specific design in mind I’m just feeling a bit negative about it all. I’m thinking about messaging the artist and seeing what she thinks about maybe covering part of the beak to make it look a bit smaller, but I’m not sure if thats like rude or whatever and am worried that she will just dismiss anything I say (I don’t think she would because she’s lovely but still).
Has anyone had a similar experience? What happened in your case and how did it play out? This is still very fresh for me, literally a few days old, and I’m not afraid to admit I have shed some tears, but yea thats the situation. I’d love to hear anything from you guys.
Of course, [the tattoo](https://imgur.com/a/WZUK5xh) for reference.
Edit: I really appreciate everyone sharing their advice and stories!! I honestly feel better about it already, I think the “oh god what have I done” thing will pass. Thanks all for the kind words!