A tattoo is a nice way of expiring yourself through body art, however, you should know that committing to a tattoo is a big decision. The decisions you make in getting a tattoo last a life time. Or as long as it takes you to save for laser removal surgery. The trick is not only to know what to be inked on your back but also to ensure the work is fantastic. So, we have prepared a list of the top things you should consider before getting a tattoo.
1. Know what you want
Tattoos are permanent, meaning whatever gets on your body will be there for a very long time, unless you consider going through the painful laser removal process. Therefore, your tattoo should be really something that you really want on your body. Ensure the tattoo is something you will still want to have when you are on the late 40s or 50s.
The placement of the tattoo is also important as what you get. Some parts of your body are far more painful than others. Besides, some locations can give you more judgmental looks than others. You will also get to consider the placement based on your place of work. For example, in the conservative workplaces, displaying tattoos is prohibited. If you aren’t sure of the placement, consider getting a temporary stencil on the body parts you’re considering so that you can see how it looks.
Do your research. Ensure you know your tattoo artist and your shop. A good shop isn’t hard to find, and when you do, make sure you trust your artists. Just like a doctor, most artists know what they are doing or saying, meaning when they give you advice on placement, color schemes, design, or size, it is for a reason.
Water submersion and sun exposure can damage a new tattoo. If you are a beach bum, it is advisable that you avoid getting a tattoo in summer. Early autumn and spring are most practical. You will not burn but you can also leave any leg or arm tattoos exposed rather covering them with fabric which might be irritating.
5. Make an appointment
A lot of shops accept walk-ins but many are by appointment only, especially the classy shops. Besides, even if you know of a walk-in place, you may consider making an appointment, more so if it is your first tattoo. An appointment gives you enough time to speak with the artist and a little time to think about it.
6. Know your pain tolerance
Tattoos can really hurt. You might consider getting a little numb after a while so that the pain can decrease when the adrenaline kicks in. We have all seen people crying when getting a tattoo while others may scream. It depends on your pain tolerance and the location of the tattoo. Some body parts are more painful than others. For instance, the softer areas may not hurt very much.
7. Use visual aid
You may want to supply a visual example of what you desire. Even if you artist is the one customizing the design for you, attend the appointment with inspiration. In case you want a particular text used, bring the chosen works in that font. If you have seen an exact tattoo you want online, ensure you bring it. Furthermore, print versions are great, as the artist can use it in creating a transfer or a stencil.