How exciting! You’re gonna get a (new) tattoo! You’ve been waiting for this almost your entire life, or for a few months. Anyway, there are multiple things you should consider before stepping inside and inking your body for life. Which is why I have tips for you! (Provided by a friend of mine).
1. Know your pain threshold
Getting a tattoo can be both very easy or extremely painful with screaming as a result. It differs per person. If you’re sensitive to needles and/or pain, it might be best to start with a small one.
2. Start small
If you want more than one tattoo, the smartest thing to do is for you to start with a small one. Why? So you can get used to it and see if you like it or not.
3. Don’t do it for a trend
Don’t get a tattoo because it seems to be a trend. That trend might wear off sooner or later, resulting in your regret. Make sure to design your tattoo to be endless or design one that has a special meaning to you. And if you do want to follow a trend, be 100% sure you want to actually have one for the rest of your life.
4. Research the tattoo artist
Visit the shop you’ve found a couple of times and try to find reviews about the artist. If you see positive feedback, you can be certain it’s trustworthy. And be sure you like the artist’s work before you show your own design.
5. Think carefully
Don’t get an impulsive tattoo because you wanted to have one. No, a tattoo is a pretty big deal. So make sure you really want the ink on your body, for the rest of your life.
6. Talk about it
Talk about the tattoo with your friends and family. Sure, it’s your decision in the end, but it might be nice to hear other’s advice. You can even ask them what kind of tattoo they’d recommend. You know, for the sake of them believing you’ll still like it within the next ten years.
7. Take someone with you
Getting a tattoo is quite a big moment. So make sure you take someone with you who you can trust, someone who can take footage of you. And you know, if you want some food while waiting for the tattoo to be done, you can always ask the other to go get you something 😉
8. Don’t stress
Sure, it’s easier said than done, but don’t stress too much. The more stress you have, the more painful it becomes. So make sure to relax. Let it become a happy moment you can look back to one day.
Be sure to show the artist your design beforehand. Make sure you’ve spoken about the place you want the tattoo to be at and how big it’ll be. And be sure to have a critical eye while you have the tattoo design plastered onto your skin. If you really like the spot and the tattoo design, you’re good to go! Do you have doubts? Then be honest and look for a better spot.
10. Ask questions
Be sure you know how to take care of your tattoo. Because alcohol, Neosporin, Vaseline or petroleum jelly isn’t always the wisest to go with. Also, ask how showering works. And take a notebook with you, because you need to remember it all!
11. Be prepared for criticism
If you get a tattoo that others can see, be prepared for criticism to come your way. Not everyone likes tattoos. Plus, people love to gossip, which makes a tattoo a wonderful conversation topic. But stay true to yourself! If you like it, that’s what matters!
12. Time to heal
Make sure to get your tattoo at the right time. What I mean by that? Well, your tattoo needs time to heal. Say you go for a holiday the next day and you’re planning on sunbathing all day, your tattoo will get infected. And trust me, you don’t want that to happen!
13. ‘Redo’ tattoo
Your tattoo will continue to look beautiful when you go back to ‘redo’ your tattoo. Rather more than one! The colour will be less beautiful over a period of time and it may start to ‘hide’ on your skin.
14. Which not to take
I know some want to get a tattoo of certain actors they love or their own loved ones, but be very certain you want that. Because say you dislike the actor after 2 years or get in a fight with that certain person, you might regret the tattoo. And removing it hurts a lot more than getting it.
15. It ain’t cheap
A small tattoo can cost €100. Sure, it depends on the shop and the size of your tattoo, but it’s not as cheap as a lipstick. Be sure to always ask the price before you agree to anything. And it won’t be a surprise that a ‘redo’ of your tattoo costs money too. So, keep that in mind!
Do you have a tattoo? Or do you plan to get one?
Love, Deem ❤
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