No one ever likes the healing process of a tattoo. It looks ugly! Well, for some reason my new tattoo is being stubborn. It's swollen, irritated AND ugly. I've never had a tattoo react this way. For about 5 days it hurt to walk. It was really odd. One minute it would feel fine and the next pain was shooting through it. One day I had some ice on it for about 5 minutes and when I got up the pain shot through it so bad I thought I had broken my ankle. I couldn't even put any weight on it. But within a minute or two it went away and I was walking around like nothing happened. Like I said, it was odd.