Tattoos are a great way of using your body as a canvas to express yourself; what was once considered a taboo is now acceptable and even trendy. Tattoos are becoming more and more common as people opt for bigger and bolder ink work. Getting your first tattoo might be both a terrifying and exciting moment and chances are you will have a billion questions to ask your artist before getting inked but if you are seriously considering getting one, here are a few things to consider before making that appointment.
- They are permanent
This is a no-brainer but definitely worth the mention. Tattoos should be considered a permanent body modification, yes you can get it lasered off but this will cost you so much money and will be a lot more painful. Make sure you research on the symbol you intend to have tattooed on so you are fully aware of what they mean and represent because after all, you will be stuck with it for the rest of your life. Also think whether the tattoo you intend to get will be appropriate a few years down the line or whether it will render you a permanent member of the unemployment line so basically think before you get inked!
- You may be allergic to the tattoo ink
This is especially important to note for people who have sensitive skin. You may want to visit a dermatologist at first to know your skin type and confirm if you would be allergic to the tattoo ink. While ink allergies are not usually common, some people are prone to developing keloids so any disturbance on the skin’s surface like in the case of getting tattooed may result in keloids developing over your new ink work and it will be too late to undo the process. It’s possible to do a spot test first where your artist can put the ink under your skin and wait a few weeks to see if there will be any reaction.
- Don’t go bargain hunting
Sure tattoos can be quite pricey but here is the thing, they are forever and so they need to be seen as an investment. Anything you would want to have on your body for life should be worth the extra money. Going to a “cheap” tattoo artist is never a good idea; remember if the deal is too good, think twice. A sketchy artist could mean shoddy work and possibly even the risk of an infection, Save up for a professional and reputable tattoo artist.
- Research the tattoo parlor beforehand
Getting a tattoo isn’t a minor change like coloring your hair; just because there is a parlor a few blocks from where you live doesn’t mean it’s a quality shop. Visit the place, check out the hygiene standards, (the shop should look and smell as clean as a hospital) talk to the artist and check to see whether he is licensed to practice. You can follow the artist on instagram to check out some of his sketches and designs as well as check online reviews to see what other people are saying about the artist and the parlor.
- Yes! It’s going to be painful
Getting a tattoo will be painful however; everyone’s pain threshold is different. Generally tattoos placed over a boney area tend to hurt more; a tattoo on the foot or rib might be a slightly uncomfortable experience therefore know where you want your ink work done and prepare yourself mentally beforehand. Also keep in mind that tattoos fade overtime no matter how well you take care of them so you will eventually need to go under the needle again to keep it in tip- top shape so again, pain tolerance is something you will have to master.