First Tattoo vs. Highly Illustrated

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March 26, 2017 – Nicole McMillen, 18, and Natalie McMillen, 21, sisters both of Boston, ride the T to Hynes Convention Center where Natalie will get her first tattoo, a paw print she designed herself several months prior, at the Boston Tattoo Convention Sunday March 26. As true native Bostonians, they enjoy a Dunkin’ Donuts breakfast on their way to the convention. Photo by Sarah Silbiger.

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March 26, 2017 – Chris Gilliland, of Electric Avenue Tattoo Studio pinches the nipple of a rubber chest used by tattoo artists for practice at his booth at the Boston Tattoo Convention in Hynes Convention Center Sunday March 26. From left: Nicole McMillen, 18, and Natalie McMillen, 21, perusing the booths for several hours before deciding on Chris as her artist. Photo by Sarah Silbiger.

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March 26, 2017 – A paw print tattoo design drawn by Nicole McMillen, 18, of Boston, is seen on a tray moments before McMillen has it tattooed to her left wrist at on Chris Gilliland’s booth at the Boston Tattoo Convention in Hynes Convention Center in Boston. It will be her first tattoo, paid for by her sister Nicole as her birthday and belated Christmas present. Photo by Sarah Silbiger.

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March 26, 2017 – Natalie McMillen, 21, feeds her sister Nicole McMillen, 18, a french fry before she gets her first tattoo from artist Chris Gilliland who suggested she eats beforehand to ensure she does not pass out from the pain. Nicole verbally expresses she is not scared however her nervous laughter tell a different story. However, when it comes time for her to get inked she opts to not have Natalie hold her hand. Photo by Sarah Silbiger.

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March 26, 2017 – Sisters Nicole McMillen, 18, and Natalie McMillen, 21, share a laugh at the Boston Tattoo Convention as they wait for Chris Gilliland to prepare his station for Nicole’s first tattoo. She later reflects on the experience saying, “I thought it would hurt a lot more than it did. It just feels like a sunburn.” Photo by Sarah Silbiger.

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