The seventh tattoo I had done was the Camellia on my left arm.

The tattoo was done on 26th August 2014 by Elliott at Mantra and took around 2 hours to complete.


The image was drawn by Elliott based on some sketches and photos I had sent to him.


The camellia is considered a symbol of desire, passion, refinement, perfection and excellence.

camellia tattoo

As for “did it hurt?” The honest answer is yes. There will always be some pain with any tattoo and anyone who claims otherwise is lying. The level of pain, the severity and the discomfort varies from person to person, placement to placement and even down to how well you slept the night before or even what you ate the night before. In the case of this tattoo the discomfort level would be around about a 5 to a 9 depending on the area since it goes in to the ditch which is my worst spot. The majority was a 5 however in the ditch it is certainly, at least for me, the most painful part.

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