Tattoos can be seen everywhere, on every kind of person, on any part of the body. They come in wide varieties, from tattoos on the fingers, to full body tattoos. Though getting a tattoo isn’t such a simple thing to do, many people are up for the challenge. Usually, a tattoo resembles something special for the person, but other times people just want a tattoo that looks really awesome. In both occasions, there is a chance that the tattoo comes out wrong, so you need to be careful. Once a tattoo is on your skin, it’s very hard and extremely painful to remove it. That’s why you need to think before you ink.
Find the Right Tattoo Artist
One of the most important, if not the most important thing to do before getting a tattoo, is finding the right tattoo artist. Getting a tattoo from an amateur artist, just because he charges less is the worst thing imaginable. If money represents a problem, it would be better to wait for a little longer until you can find the right amount of it, so that you can pay a better artist to do your tattoo. A tattoo is for life, and ending up with a strange tattoo on your body will cost you more than money.
Start With a Smaller Tattoo
Getting a smaller tattoo at first, will make it clear for you what getting a tattoo feels like. Applying ink to the skin is a painful process and not all people can endure it. Plus, it’s easier to find the right artist by testing his skills on a small tattoo and then going for a bigger one. No one would want to end up with a humongous tattoo on their body that they don’t like. This way, if you don’t like the tattoo you can easily hide or remove it because it’s small.
Choose the Right Design
As well as finding the right tattoo artist, it’s also important to like the tattoo you’re going for. Plenty of people make the mistake of deciding too quickly and ending up with a tattoo that they hide under their clothes afterwards. The design needs to suit your style along with your taste. Going through various designs and imagining how they will look on the body helps. Drawing it with temporary ink and seeing what it looks like firsthand is the best decision one can make.
Relieve the Stress
Stressing out before going to get inked will only ruin the experience. You can’t know until you try it, so stay calm and simply go for it. Everyone that has a tattoo has had their first time getting inked. It’s not as painful as some people claim it to be. What’s the point of stressing out when you don’t know what it’s going to feel like? Relax, sit down, and let the artist do his work.
Take Someone with You
Where’s the fun in getting a tattoo if no one is there to share your experience with you? Bringing a friend or sibling along can help relieve the stress. Having someone to help you through the process is a big plus, and getting the mind off the pain is relieving. Companions are always welcome when getting a tattoo.
Get the Area Shaved
Depending on where the ink will be applied, the area may need shaving. Don’t expect the artist to do it for you. If it’s on the legs, arms or chest, the area will have to be shaved. Doing this before heading out to get the tattoo will save precious time.
Know When to Get Inked
Not every day is a good day to get a tattoo. The boiling heat in the summer can damage the tattoo while it’s healing. No one wants a pale tattoo, so a good idea is to go and get inked in spring or autumn. You can get tattooed in winter too, but autumn and spring are ideal because there isn’t much clothing on the body that can irritate the healing tattoo. Keep this in mind before thinking of getting inked.
Care for your Healing Area
It would be best to listen to your tattoo artist when it comes to taking care of your healing skin. It’s not going to heal properly on itself. The artists usually know a good way to continue caring for your tattoo afterwards, but if you don’t find their advice helpful, you should do some in-depth research about the subject. Daily care is very important for the skin.
Don’t Pay Attention what Others Think
Others may judge whether the tattoo makes you look cool or not. There are many judgmental people out there that may be jealous of the tattoo, so don’t listen to what anyone has to say and make the decision you want. It’s your skin, you should be able to choose what the right tattoo for it is.