Getting inked for the first time is a momentous life decision that has colossal consequences. The experience of obtaining your first tattoo should be special and satisfying – that awesome design you have been dying to etch onto your skin is beckoning you to enter the tattoo parlor. However, because of the sheer magnitude of such an undertaking, you should carefully consider all the implications of obtaining a tattoo before you do it.
Five steps to getting a tattoo you won’t regret
1. Get Informed!
Before you commit to a decision, it is paramount for you to understand the short and long-term repercussions. Call your local tattoo parlor, talk to your tattoo artist, do your research online – whatever you do, make sure you know the by-products of getting inked. Namely, make an inquiry about the pain levels, itching, and post-procedure skin care.
2. Don’t be hasty!
This is something you absolutely shouldn’t rush. If you get a tattoo which you ultimately do not like, you will be stuck with it for eternity! Or worse, you will have to subject yourself to an excruciatingly agonizing process of tattoo removal via laser which not only lasts hours but also requires multiple painful sessions to complete. Keep note: if you plan to have something written on your tattoo, you better proofread it unless you want to see yourself on an Internet compilation of tattoo spelling fails.
3. Don’t be cheap!
When browsing through options in various tattoo parlors, you will undoubtedly find starkly different prices for the same service. Your first instinct may be to go with the least expensive option to save some money. That. In the world of tattoo artistry, money equals quality. Factors such as cleanliness, equipment caliber, and proficiency of tattoo artists all go into the equation, so tread carefully. Having ink permanently marked onto your skin is usually a lifelong investment; therefore spending a bit more cash is justified.
4. Examine the artist’s portfolio
Every reputable tattoo artist has an extensive portfolio of pictures which display the artist’s previous work. The wearers of the photographed tattoos are usually previous customers. Hence, you can see exactly what you are going to get in the parlor. It is essential that the artist’s style, technique, and design are aligned with what you are looking for. Don’t settle for an artist whose portfolio isn’t to your liking.
5. Choose the tattoo wisely
As mentioned previously, getting tattooed is a decision you are going to have to live with permanently. Thus, we advise you to contemplate the design and location of your tattoo deeply. Make sure that it represents you in a profound way that will resonate with you for a lifetime; also make sure that it is aesthetically pleasing to look at – the tattoo will become a part of your overall appearance and, consequently, a part of you. Do not make choices in the heat of the moment, instead opt for some soul-searching before taking the leap of faith and finally applying the ink! It would be prudent to get your first tattoo in an area that is not overtly visible (such as your thigh) because concealing a decision you regret is much easier if your tattoo is hidden. Better safe than sorry!