This past holiday weekend brought me and @silsetham to Gulf Shores, Alabama to visit friends and, of course, I couldn’t not look into getting a tattoo added to my travel sleeve! I did a bit of research before going, just in case I would have time, and found that not only did @theempiretattoo take walk-ins on weekends in the summer, they were incredibly highly rated – can’t get any better than that combination! Unfortunately, I arrived on Friday at 12:30pm and they had 15 people in front of me and I just couldn’t wait. Thankfully, I had time to go back on Sunday, arrived promptly when they opened at 12pm and I was the first (and only for over an hour) in line!
Whenever I look into a shop where I’ll be walking in, I always have a couple of artists I hope will be working that day and available when it’s my turn – even though I know not to get my hopes up because what are the chances of that, right?! Well, apparently luck was on my side because I fell in love with @tattoosbyleif’s portfolio while scrolling the shop’s Instagram page and he happened to be the one to do my tattoo! I chose to go with the camellia flower, as it’s Alabama’s state flower and he absolutely killed the design! I am so happy I chose to go back in because this may be my favorite travel tattoo yet! If you find yourself anywhere near this shop, you have to stop in!
If you have been thinking about getting a tattoo while traveling, go for it! It’s an experience you’ll never forget!