This was one of the most fun goals that we have accomplished so far.
We took quite a while to decide what we wanted for our tattoos, but once we decided we were excited to go for it. My tattoo is a dove. The design is a necklace charm that my sister bought for me for my birthday a few years ago. Ben's is the cross that was engraved on the lid of his grandma's casket. The monks that made her casket sent a replica of the cross to Ben's uncle who sent it to Ben.
The week before Ben and I got our tattoos Abby was here and decided to get two small stars on her foot. We went to Trader Bob's based on the recommendation of the Stowers. Andy, the artist who did Abby's tattoo, was wonderful. Ben and I went back to Trader Bob's and requested that Andy do both of ours too.
I'm not sure if he was nervous, but Ben told me that I had to get my tattoo first. My tattoo is small and only an outline, so it took about a minute and a half. Ben's tattoo is obviously much larger than mine, and it is filled with woodgrain detail. Ben's tattoo took about 30 minutes.
Ben and I were both surprised by the feeling of getting tattooed. People have asked us, "did it hurt?" Of course it hurt, but we both expected it to be much worse than it actually was. It was more of an uncomfortable burning feeling than intense pain. Ben said that his felt like a sunburn for a few days after we got them, but mine is so small that I didn't have any lingering pain.
We now understand why people say that tattoos are addictive :)