Since I started re-reading all the Harry Potter books again (I’m currently on Deathly Hallows), it’s fair to say it’s re-ignited my love for the Harry Potter world and all things magical. I recently wrote a post about my current collection, although I doubt it’ll be too long before I have to do an updated post; especially as I’m going to the studio tour with my mum in October and there are three gift shops 😂🙊So it wasn’t a massive surprise when the idea popped into my head about getting a Harry Potter tattoo. It’s not my first fandom tattoo as I also have a Buffy tattoo on my lower back (the tribal one Faith has on her arm.)
I didn’t want anything big and I knew I wanted it on my left wrist to balance the fleur de lys tattoo I have on my right wrist! I also knew I didn’t want anything obviously HP because I like the idea that if you know, you know! If I’d been at Hogwarts (in Slytherin obviously), my favourite subject would have been potions and that’s when I realised that I wanted a potion bottle tattoo; more specifically, the Felix Felicis!
Once I knew what I wanted, it was time to find a tattoo artist! I like getting pieces from different artists, so I had a look on Instagram for local tattooists. Although a couple caught my eye, they drew in more of a cartoon style and that wasn’t really what I wanted. Then out of nowhere, the lovely Lou from Death’s Door Tattoo popped up and I loved her style and the fact she’d done a Harry Potter potion bottle before (Skele-Gro)!!
I immediately emailed her and waited for a reply to see exactly how long her waiting list was going to be. I got an email a few days later saying they were booking for November time (if I wanted a Saturday) but had a couple of spaces at the end of August if I could do it. Luckily I’d booked two weeks off at the end of August so I was available 😀
I sent over my design ideas and deposit and eagerly waited for my appointment date to roll round. The week before, I kept having these awful dreams that she’d drawn the design so big that it ended up being a full-on sleeve and I was too scared to say no! It made me really scared to go to the appointment lol
Luckily, on the day, everything was fine. Lou was just the loveliest and not only immediately put me at ease (she’d heard about my bad dreams) but she treated me like she’d known me forever 🙂 She showed me the design and I loved everything about it, apart from the Felix Felicis label, so she took that off for me but kept the rope around the bottle neck 🙂 She’d also drawn it pretty big but said it could be made a lot smaller (phew) 😀
Although it was small, I was still amazed when Lou said it would only take half an hour, including all the colours!! We got to work and Lou was so sweet and friendly that the time went so fast. The bottom of the glass and the bottom star probably hurt the most, but Lou very kindly rubbed some numbing cream into the area to help 🙂
I’m so happy that my Felix Felicis is now the latest tattoo in my collection. I absolutely love the colours we chose for the tattoo, I think they work really well together. I also love the little details, like the cork and the bubbles in the potion ❤️❤️❤️❤️
A massive thanks to Lou for being such a sweetie and everyone at Death’s Door for making me feel so welcome 🙂 If you’re looking for a tattoo, I’d definitely recommend checking out all the artists who work there; Lou, Gee and Sabstars 🙂
It’s just over two weeks old now and it’s healing really well. There’s a tiny bit left on the moon and a little patch at the bottom of the bottle to go, but otherwise, it’s feeling and looking pretty good!! I’ve been using Protect the Hive balm on it which has not only been really helping to heal my tattoo quickly, it smells bloody amazing (mostly mangoy). It’s also 100% vegan, 100% natural and 100% organic!
One of the sweetest things was the fact I got a goody bag at the end that they hand out to all customers!! It’s such a thoughtful idea. There was an aftercare sheet, some aftercare balm, a lollipop and some cool stickers 😀
Do you have a fandom tattoo? Would you want to get one? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 x