Tattoo tips: There are several things you should consider before getting your first tattoo.

Tattoos: Things To Consider Before Getting Inked

By: QCWriter
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(Photo by: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

So, you’re finally ready to get that first tattoo, great! Believe it or not, getting a tattoo is not as simple as walking into a tattoo shop and getting inked.

There are a plethora of things that you should consider before getting your very first tattoo. We’ve put together a checklist for you to go through before the big ink day.

1. Ask, ask and ask as many questions as you can possibly think of. Being informed about the hygiene practices of the tattoo shop is wise, in addition to understanding the techniques they use to tattoo your skin.

2. Do your friends rave about a specific tattoo artist? If you have a specific tattoo artist in mind, especially if he or she is a popular tattoo artist, you may have to book your appointment months in advance.

3. Do you have the perfect tattoo in mind? Just remember, a tattoo is pretty much a forever kind of thing. So before you go tattooing your girlfriend or boyfriend’s name on your body … just make sure (cross your fingers) that this is a forever kind of relationship. Of course, if it doesn’t work out, having the tattoo removed is an option.

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4. Placement of said tattoo is also extremely important. A lot of music artists have tattoos in very visible places, and they can get away with this because visible tattoos are widely accepted in their industry. But if you are unsure how your employer will feel about a visible tattoo, it’s probably best that you get inked on a part of your body that can be hidden with clothing.

5. Are you shopping around for the “best price” for your tattoo. Don’t! If you know of a reputable tattoo artist, pay the extra money. Tattoos aren’t something you should shop around for the best price on. Because after all, you can’t put a price tag on your limbs, and you wouldn’t want to lose one if a tattoo goes bad and you end up with an infection. Some things are worth paying a little extra for.

6. If you have a certain design in mind, bring a sample of the art work with you. If you fail to do so, what you describe may not be what the artist sketches on paper, so to cut out the guessing work, have a sample of what you want inked on your body in hand.

Always seek a consultation before getting inked. Getting to know your tattoo artist and asking pertinent questions beforehand can help you understand the tattooing process and what you can expect during your appointment.

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