That is such an awesome tat! All my tattoos are religious ones and I told myself I would keep them that way, but I too have wanted a tattoo to represent the (pastry) chef in me. How weird b/c the design I had in mind was similar to yours. A rolling pin and whisk crossed and some other stuff. I don't know if I will ever get it though.
I got my first tattoo when I was 17. My friend scratched from his apartment. It's Sanskrit on the back of my neck on the right hand side. A year later, I got another Sanskrit piece on the left hand side, done by his girlfriend. In a way, I sort of regret those b/c they were so poorly done. It also makes it harder to look professional in the summer when I want to tie my hair back. But yet in another way, I absolutely love them. They're religious tattoos so in that sense I don't regret them (not like an old friend of mine who got a naked lady wrapped around a guitar). It also just reminds me of why I got them on my neck in the first place. I never wanted to be in the corporate world. I was way too punk rock for that. I figured that if I got a tattoo in such a visible place, it would keep me from "selling out", as generic as that term sounds. So those tattoos also remind me of my youthful ideals. While slightly modified, I've kept almost all of them which I am very happy about. The same can't be said for many of my friends from that time who just turned the very people they hated.
I have 12 other tattoos all done by professionals. My tattoo artist is going to do a back piece on me and I'm going to have part of the design come up to my neck to cover up the magic marker scribble. Granted the scribble is small, and the new one will be MUCH larger, but I figure if someone is going to see any ink on my body, it should be well done.
For anyone who is afraid of the pain, I would like to suggest getting your doctor to prescribe you a Novocain cream. My tattoo artist said he did some work on a doctor who brought some in. That particular kind was called Emla and lasts for about 20 minutes. So it has to be put on frequently if doing a big piece. Emla isn't cheap either. It's $60 for a small bottle. I know there are other creams, but I can't remember the names. But they're the ones that permanent make up artists use. My tattoo artist also said he had a kid come in for a backpiece and he had his dad take him to the doctor's first to get his whole back injected with Novocain. It lasts for hours. I haven't tried either one, but for my backpiece, no doubt I will try one of something b/c the outline alone will take maybe 4 hours. And after an hour, I can't take it anymore. It's a mixture of the pain and just sitting there for so long. If it was over a fatty area, I would be OK, but places like my neck HURT, and also I have one under my throat and two small ones on my spine. Bony places are ouchie!