What should we compare getting a tattoo with? We would have said marriage since its supposed to be “till death do you part” but currently, some marriages even end after months soooo… yh, that’s out but you get the picture.
Your skin is going to fall off.
That probably could have been worded a little less terrifyingly but that’s the truth. The skin on your tattoo will peel and fall off, and when you wake up you will think that you have some horrible disease. You do not. This is normal and supposed to happen.
Be careful with the activities that you choose to participate in after you get your tattoo, at least for the first week.
It’s not exactly bad to engage in activities, but just be careful and avoid things like thorn bushes and other pointy objects of nature, as you may trip and manage to scratch your freshly done tattoo. And it will hurt. Choose wisely.
Know your pain tolerance
There is nothing wrong with pushing yourself, but for a first tattoo, it’s more than fine to respect your body’s limits. If you’re very sensitive, avoid choosing ribs, backs of knees, elbows, or groin areas for your first tattoo.
Don’t do it on the cheap.
Unless you have several trusted friends who can vouch for a suspiciously cheap tattoo parlour, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You’re altering your body for life.
People will ask to see it. Often.
Apart from that, they’ll keep asking you dumb questions like “why did you get it?”. It’s up to you to decide to give them a detailed answer but we will strongly suggest “because I wanted to” as the perfect response.
Choose your tat wisely
No matter how deeply you’re in love, do not, and we repeat, do not put your significant other’s name on you. Well… you can decide to but that’s your own cup of tea. We do not know what the future holds but what if you two break up… then what? You would need to get a bigger tattoo to cover it up? Sigh… don’t do this to yourself.
Go with a friend
Having someone to talk to, and someone you trust to walk you through the process as it’s happening will work wonders. It’s especially helpful to have a friend if you’re getting a tattoo done on an area you can’t see, so they can keep you informed on the progress.
We hope these help you prepare for your first tat! Don’t forget, in the end, it’s your body and so you make all the rules… except your parents are strict and you rely on them and you live in the same house with them cuz then you’re f#*ked.