The 17th tattoo I had done was the Orchid Mantis or Lotus Mantis on my left arm.
The tattoo was done on 5th January 2015 by Elliott at Mantra and took around an hour to complete.
The Mantis idea was Elliott’s and was drawn by Elliott. After a lit tle research in to the meaning and how awesome it would look amongst the flowers it was an obvious choice to fill the gap left above the String Of Roses.
The mantis is symbolic of;
The mantis will always make 100% certain before making a move.
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 4 however some areas, especially up towards the arm pit were very sensitive and I would say it was up around 6.