She was looking down at his chest continuing to make the lines a bit darker. But she was also listening to his explanation. She could tell that she caught him off guard. but she just had to ask. She did her best work while listening to a client talk or having a conversation with them. “You know…I think that’s really cool and sweet. Most dudes wouldn’t admit to liking butterflies or anything they may find girlie.” She said rolling her eyes sighing softly. “I always felt the same way about orchids. I always fount them to be unique.” Once she was finish making the lines bolder, she cleaned off his skin a bit to not leave any marks. Turning around, she grabs another needle with a thicker ink for shading.
Lucas watched the way she was ‘painting’ the design. It reminded him a lot of the way he does his graffiti wall. “I like that.” He said quietly, motioning towards the way Raina was painting. Lucas cracked a small smile. “Thanks. Orchids, eh? I think I recall seeing one of those before.” He tried to think of any plants he’s come across recently. A light purple one came to mind. “Those are really pretty. I’d love to see one up close.” He pondered, shivering under the cold touch on his skin. “Why do you like them?” A look of curiosity showed on his face.
"Nice to meet you as well." She said keeping her eyes fixated on his chest. She was almost down outlining the butterfly. She took a quick peek of him to notice his smile. Hmm..Lucas. It fit him well. She laughed softly at hearing his giggle. She always thought it was cute when boys giggled. "I might just stick with curly. Or come up with a name nobody has ever called you before." She said smiling gently at him before leaning back in her seat to get a look at the finished outline. She nodded her head in approval before leaning forward making the lines look darker. " Hey curly..what made you want to get a butterfly tattoo? I’m just wondering." She was really curious since she loved hearing her clients stories on their tattoo choices.
Lucas grinned, and bit his bottom lip. He wondered what made her want to call him something different. He carefully rested his arm under his head. Glancing down at his chest again, he nodded in approval. Raina’s question caught him off guard. He wasn’t used to people showing interest in his choices. “Well, uh, I just really like butterflies.” He replied, awkwardly. “Every since I was a kid, they always seemed so beautiful to me and brought me peace.” He continued in a more relaxed tone. He sighed to himself, hoping she wouldn’t think different of him because of his opinion.
"That’s what they all say." She said glancing up at him grinning softly before looking back down. "Really, the pain isn’t all that bad like people make it out to be." Biting her lip, she concentrated on outlining the butterfly design slowly. She never wants to be the one to make a mistake. "I’m Raina by the way." She wanted to smack herself in the face for blurting out her name like that. To cover up her embarrassment, she continued "I want you to know the name of the girl who is giving you your first tattoo." She stated continuing to outline the design making sure she isn’t pressing on his skin to hard. "So what’s your name curly?" She decided to ask him since she liked to know her customers names.
Lucas chuckled, careful not to move too much. He would close his eyes for a few seconds, then open them back up and glance down at the ink forming on his skin. He nodded to her words before giving a half smile. Raina was her name. “Nice to meet you.” He replied, his smile growing bigger at the nickname ‘curly.’ She definitely wasn’t the first to call him that. “I’m Lucas.” He stated, watching her movements. He surprised himself by saying his full name considering no one identifies him by it. He paused before speaking again. “But, you can call me Luke or something.” He kept his voice low, as if to act mysterious but ended up giggling at himself. Nice try.
"Okay." She said to him with a nod of her head. Her eyes drifted down to his chest but turns around before he could notice the redness of her cheeks. Get a grip. You have worked on other guys before with a nice chest. No need to blush about it. She goes over to her sink shaking her head, grabbing the anti-bacterial soap washing her hands. After drying her hands, she grabs a pair of gloves placing them on her hands. “I hope you are ready.” She said sitting down in the chair next to his. She grabs the disinfected wipe, disinfecting the area where she was placing the tattoo at. Taking a small deep breath, she grabs the needle while looking at him. She leans down a bit pressing the needle to his skin.
Lucas kept his eyes fixated on her as he tried to relax in the seat. He watched her quickly turn around and he repeated her movement and began looking around the parlor. There were pictures of huge, badass looking guys with so many tattoos Lucas couldn’t count. The store was dark but had a nice feel to it. He snapped back to reality when he heard the girl’s voice. He nodded in response, tightly gripping his stripped shirt. One, two, three.. Lucas inhaled deeply at the touch of the needle. He licked his lips trying to concentrate on his thoughts and not looking down at the needle. He began to relax. This isn’t the first time he’s felt this kind of pain. “This isn’t so bad.” He spoke softly, glancing at the artist.
She took the money from him counting it out before placing it in her back pocket. She turns back toward the cabinet taking out the equipment she needs. She raises a eyebrow at his statement looking over her shoulder to see his silly smile. “On your chest huh? Take off your shirt.” She closes the cabinet door placing her equipment on the table. “Are you sure that you want it on your chest?” She thought he was crazy to have his first tattoo on his chest but already knew it would look great either way. Taking a rubber band out of her pocket, she puts her hair into a messy bun so it won’t fall in her face while giving him a tattoo.
Lucas eyed the girl as she put her loose curls in a bun. Did he really want the tattoo on his chest? Or did he want to impress the girl? Either way it wouldn’t work, he thought to himself. He gave a small shrug. “Yeah, I guess.” He lifted his shirt over his head and held it in his hands. He’ll probably be gripping it during the whole process. Glancing down at his chest, heat began to rise in his cheeks. Lucas was never a fan of going to the gym nor eating healthy. He wasn’t obese, he just didn’t have washboard abs. With a flick of his hand, he shooed the thought away and regained his focus.
Raina was watching him looking through the book before looking away. She knew it would take him a couple of seconds to figure out what he wanted. She looks back over at him once she hears him speaking. She smiled gently at him as she sees the one he chose. That was actually one of her designs she made a while ago. “Of course it’s okay. As long as that’s the one you want. You are going to be the one wearing it.” She shrugs placing the book back behind the counter. “Plus it would look perfect on you.” She told him offering him a small smile before motioning him to follow her. “Since this is your first tattoo, it will only cost you 50 dollars.” She said walking toward the back where all her equipment was. “Take a sit.” She said pointing to the chair before walking over to a cabinet.
Lucas fiddled with his fingers, considering he was anxious. He took a deep breath and nodded at the girl, reaching in his back pocket for his wallet. He took the money out and handed it to the blonde. He kept telling himself there was nothing to be worried about. Plus, the girl seemed really nice. What could go wrong? He sat down in the chair and thought about where he wanted the tattoo. Butterflies were always close to his heart. “I’d like it on my chest.” He said, abruptly. Then, gave a silly smile afterwards.
She looks over at the picture he pointed to then looks back at him. “I would think you would want one since you are in a tattoo parlor after all.” Grinning silently, she walks behind the counter pulling out a book of tattoo designs. “Why don’t you check out a couple of designs before choosing one?” She suggested placing the book on the counter. She looks him up and down before stating, “I’m guessing this is your first time getting a tattoo huh?” To be honest, she loved getting first-timers. It was always nice to see new faces and being able to be the first person to give them a tattoo.
Harry bit down on his lip, gently turning the pages of the book. He kept his eyes fixated on the designs but his ears open for the girl. He nodded silently to her question and kept turning pages. Finally, he came across a beautiful butterfly design. Harry smiled slightly to himself - he adored butterflies despite the fact that he always got teased back in school for it. He brushed his thoughts away and pointed slowly to the design. “I want that one, please.” He stated, looking back up at her. “Is that okay?” He quickly asked. Harry always needed reassurance.
It was just another day at work for Raina. Working at a local tattoo parlor, Machine Gun Roses wasn’t all too bad. She just hated dealing with whiny customers. She was currently sitting down in a chair flipping through a magazine. She had only one more hour before her shift was over. Looking up as she hears the door bell, she sees a curly haired boy walk inside. “Hello. What can I get you?” She asked him with a friendly smile on her face as she places her magazine down before standing up.
Getting a tattoo was something Lucas never would’ve thought of doing a few years back. It just seemed so painful and worthless. Plus, he was never a fan of needles. Yet, here he is walking into a tattoo parlor. Frankly, Harry didn’t even know what he would get tatted. He sighed as he heard a girl’s voice. He really hated first meetings. “Uh, I want uh..” He stammered as he made eye contact with the blonde. He pointed to a picture of a tattoo on the wall. “I want one of those.”