Sometimes the most important thing people forget about when getting a tattoo is the fact that it is permanent. Even if it is the most beautiful, well done tattoo you have ever gotten, you may not like it in years to come. That’s why it is important to think before you ink. Try to avoid putting yourself in a situation where you will regret the choices you have made. Be sure to consider your budget as well. If you don’t have the money, invest your money in something more necessary. If you do go through with getting a tattoo, be sure to hire a reliable professional who will do a good job. Tattoos are permanent, so make sure you think before you ink.
Consider the Price
The first thing to consider when getting a tattoo is the price. If you really want a tattoo but don’t have much money for it, get a smaller one rather than something large and expensive. However, cheaper does not always mean better. When you go to a tattoo parlor, make sure the artist does their job well. Otherwise, your tattoos might end up looking as cheap as the price you paid for it. Small tattoos are expensive themselves, ranging anywhere from sixty to a hundred dollars. You can image the price of a large tattoo. If this is your first time, getting a small tattoo is probably in your best interest anyways since you are testing the waters. Once you have had one, you should then consider getting another. But it is always safe to start small.
Consider the Image
What you put on your body is perhaps the most important thing when getting a tattoo. If you are unsure whether you want something to permanently be on your body, consider getting temporary tattoos first, like a henna tattoo. Henna is a temporary reddish brown tattoo made from lawsonia, a plant originating in Africa and Asia. If you prefer to go straight to a tattoo, just be sure the image you put on your body is something you are okay with seeing there for the rest of your life. Additionally, make sure that your spelling is correct. Often, people put quotes, dates, names and the like on their bodies but it is spelled incorrectly. You don’t want to look like an idiot with bad tattoos, so be sure to double check your spelling. If you want to get matching tattoos with a friend, family member, loved one, etc. make sure your artist knows this so they can put an identical picture on each of your bodies. Additionally, be sure to go to the same artist for both tattoos. Often people get the same thing in different places and they end up looking different because each artist has their own style. To really get an identical image, go to the same artist.
Consider the Artist
Make sure you are getting what you are paying for. All too often people pay high prices for a mediocre tattoo. Getting a tattoo can be a gamble, especially if you don’t know how well the artist is. It isn’t something you can easily get rid of, so really make sure you think before you ink and put yourself in good hands. To make sure you go to a great artist, ask friends who have a tattoo where they have gotten theirs. Additionally, consider checking out online reviews or ratings. The safest thing to do is go to a parlor that already has a pretty good reputation. That means that the artists there are professionals who will do a job well done. It might be a bit more expensive than your average parlor, but at least you will have the satisfaction of not having a bad looking tattoo.
Consider Your Future
What you put on your body now might not necessarily be something you want on your body years from now. Often, many people make rash decisions when they are young and put reckless tattoos on their body that they end up removing when they are older. Try to avoid getting a tattoo that you will regret having later, such as names, dates and faces. Additionally, you should think before you ink in terms of your future career. Most businesses will not hire people who have exposed tattoos, let alone ones that cover large parts of the body. So if you get a tattoo and plan on having a successful job, make sure your tattoo is in a place that is not easily exposable such as the stomach, back, shoulder and upper leg.
Consider the Location
That being said, you have your whole entire body to ink up if you choose to do so. Be sure to have an idea of where you want to put your tattoo before you get one done. As previously stated, be sure to consider your future career. If you plan on having a professional career, it’s probably not a good idea to get sleeves on both arms. If this is not the case, location is still an important thing to consider. If this is the first time you have ever gotten a tattoo, it is a good idea to get one in a spot that is less sensitive. These areas include the lower back, wrist and thighs. Avoid getting one on your ankle or places that are right above bone as these tend to hurt the most. When getting tattoos for girls, be sure to get one in places with a lot of muscle or fat. Women tend to be less resistant to pain, so be sure you keep this in mind before getting a tattoo in certain areas of the body.
Avoid Rash Decisions
That being said, avoid making any rash decisions. Like previously stated, many people get tattoos when they are young and end up regretting it. Sometimes things can happen in life where you might feel as if everything is spinning out of control. All too often people end up making rash decisions when they are not thinking rationally and they end up making stupid decisions. To avoid this, really take some time to consider why you are getting a tattoo in the first place. If it is because something recently happened in your life and you need to do something about it to prove a point, getting a tattoo may not be the smartest decision. You don’t want to regret getting a tattoo later in life, so be sure you are thinking rationally before you get one. Furthermore, youth tend to think they are invincible and make decisions for the look of it. If you are getting a tattoo so you will be considered “cool”, don’t get one. You are making permanent changes to your body for the wrong reason. Bottom line: get a tattoo for you and for a good reason. Don’t make rash decisions that you will end up regretting in the future.
Caring for a Tattoo
A lot of people who haven’t had a tattoo before are under the impression that the pain stops as soon as they step outside of the parlor. Unfortunately, they are greatly mistaken. Tattoos require much more care than you might think. For a few days after you get a tattoo, it is important that you apply medicine to the skin. Tattoo aftercare is highly important so you avoid bad infections. When you get a tattoo, your pores open up and tattoo ink is injected to the skin. This will cause irritation, swelling and sometimes bleeding. To prevent infection, apply medicine, bath regularly and keep the tattoo bandaged so it is not exposed to the open air.
Possible Allergic Reactions
That being said, it is highly important to understand your skin before getting a tattoo. Most times, those who get a bad rash or infection after a tattoo think it is just because their skin is highly sensitive. While that may be the case, it might also be the result of an allergic reaction. Cases like these are extremely painful and complicating. You will most likely undergo surgery or laser removal of the tattoo to rid of the reaction. To prevent anything like this from happening, make sure you know if you are allergic to ink before getting a tattoo. Consider speaking to a physician beforehand or tracing your medical records. Or, if you wish, get something temporary beforehand. The more precautions you take, the more safe you will be. Safety is always first, so please make sure you think before you ink.
Getting a tattoo requires much more thinking that you might have thought it did. The most important thing to remember is to simply think before you ink. Make sure you are not making any rash decisions that you will end up regretting later in life. Keep your budget in mind as well as the image, location and artist you go to. If this is your first tattoo, start small and get it in an area that is less painful. Fully prepare yourself for not just getting the tattoo, but for the aftercare as well. If you think it is not worth the pain, get a temporary tattoo instead, such as henna tattoos. Either way, make sure you make the best decision possible so you don’t end up doing something you regret.