5 Things To Consider Before Your First Tattoo

Tattoos are a little divisive here because of our culture. If you don’t hate them though, you must admit, they are pretty damn cool. If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo, you have probably given it some thought. Nevertheless, there are some things you might have overlooked. Here’s what to consider before getting a tattoo.

The Pain, Obviously.

If you’re planning to get a tattoo, I know you think that you can handle the pain. You should also know that everyone thinks to an extent that they can handle the pain, but things are a little different when there’s a needle searing into your flesh. Something to consider if it’s your first time is anaesthesia. Some tattoo artists offer this as a service for an additional cost. Anaesthesia though, for some people, takes away from the experience of getting a tattoo. If you want every aspect of a tattoo including the experience, you might consider getting something small for starters.

The Artist.

If you’re going to allow someone to put a needle through your skin… okay, scary. If you’re going to allow someone to draw nice things on your skin with a very permanent marker, you should probably know who that person is. Building a little trust in the artist can make the pain a little more bearable because you know it’s going to look good after. Referrals are a great way to select an artist, and you should also definitely check out their Instagram page.

The Exposure Of The Tattoo.

Where are you getting your tattoo, and how easily visible is it? This question matters if you work in a stiff corporate space where a tattoo might be frowned upon, or if you are in the process of looking for employment. Additionally, some girls don’t date guys with tattoos.

The Characters, If Your Tattoo Is In A Foreign Language.

Imagine how bad it would suck if you got a tattoo of some Japanese lettering supposed to spell out ‘Hope’ only for someone who knows the language to tell you that a single character is wrong and you have ‘Balls’ on your shoulder. Bad, right? Check spellings, and characterization if you’re going to go all Asian fancy.

The Treatment Of Your New Tattoo.

The process of getting a tattoo doesn’t end when you leave the artist. You need to treat your skin for a while after to make sure it comes out pretty. You should find out from your artist how best to take care of the tattoo.

Do you have any ink? What have been some of the jarring reactions to it that you’ve gotten?


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