Depending on the location and culture, tattoos can be perceived as a mark of high status or a symbol of a criminal. Hence, it makes sense to consider a few things before getting inked yourself. If you have tattoos or you’re considering getting the one, you’ve probably gotten a lot of unsolicited advice. At the end of the day, the question is, should you get a tattoo or not? We can provide you with some insights that will help you reach a conclusion that makes sense for you.
No matter if you like it or not, people will always see it and judge you for it. In an ideal world, people shouldn’t judge you by your outward appearance but they subconsciously do, there’s nothing you can do about that. On a more practical note, consider where you want to place your tattoo because chances are that there might come a time, even if you think to the contrary right now, where you want to hide your tattoo.
If you decide to get a tattoo, it would be great if there’s a story behind it and some meaning. So rather than picking out from a menu, come up with something worthy for you whether it’s your children or sibling and create a tattoo that speaks to you in a way that you can look at it for years to come without changing your mind.
Do Visit A Pro
The local health department requires different licenses for the salon, the artist, or both. Make sure you see the license displayed before seeing any needles.
Do Your Research
Bring in various pictures or illustrations of what you want. If you love butterflies, explain your likings about each image. Ask the artist to customize a unique design. It may take a few days.
Do Know It Will Hurt
Getting a tattoo is painful, especially in areas with lots of nerves, such as the torso and lower back. The bigger and intricate the design, the longer it takes, maybe multiple sessions. Small tattoos take an hour or two.
If you want a tattoo dedicated to your guy, be elusive. If the first flower he got you was a roe, get a rose tattoo. So, if you do break up you won’t regret having done that tatto.
When picking a body area for a tattoo, think about how you might not always want to show it off. You can rock a small back tattoo on your waist at the beach, but you can easily cover it up.
Take Care Of Your Tattoo
To avoid infections, wash your tattoo with warm water and antibacterial soap. Cover it with a healing cream or ointment. After a week, it’ll peel off. Don’t swim or expose it to the sun for two-three weeks.
Ask For “Removable” Ink
There’s a new ink available that can be lasered off in one session instead of 3 to 15 sessions. Laser removal may cause scarring. It is also painful with local anesthesia. It is also expensive.
Study Up Your Design
Think about what you want, get inspired by different tattoos so you end up with something you truly love.
Choose A Reputable Tattoo Salon
You may end up with something that looks terrible. It must follow sanitary measures to guarantee safe procedures. The artist must wear gloves. The needles should be sterile and taken out of the package in front of the customer. Different artists have different areas of expertise. Hence, you should try to find a perfect match for your design.
Keep Yourself Hydrating
Do drink plenty of water the night before you get a tattoo because you don’t want your skin to reject the ink because you’re dehydrated.
Do remain as still as possible in the chair, otherwise, the artist might get frustrated and it will hurt you more.
Expect To Shell Out Cash
Do expect your tattoo to cost anywhere from Rs 500 to a thousand rupees for a small one and of course, a lot more for bigger all body tattoos. You’re hiring an artist to create a piece of art and you shouldn’t try to low ball him and instead give him a good tip. Good tattoos aren’t cheap. Your body’s immune system attacks the tattoo, it will fade over time and so you may need touch-ups.
Do follow the aftercare precautions and instructions. Otherwise, you may end up with a disfigured tattoo or an infection. The healing time can vary from person to person. It takes about 2 – 3 weeks. You should wait that long before you expose a tattoo to the sun, saltwater or other abrasive elements.
Don’t Get Inked On Your Neck & Face
That way, it’ll always be easy for you to look professional, you can wear a business outfit and you can go about your own business without people bugging you about your tattoo.
Don’t Tattoo Sensitive Areas
Don’t tattoo potentially sensitive areas, you know what I mean. Avoid tattoo on foot soles and face.
Don’t Forget To Ask Questions
Tattoo shops can be intimidating, but you must speak up because it’s your body. Make sure that the needles are from a fresh package. Contaminated needles could expose you to hepatitis, HIV, and other infections. Inform your artist if you’re allergic to red ink since you could get a painful, itchy and permanent rash.
Don’t Get It Illegally
If someone is taking the risk to tattoo you or you are underage, chances are they may be putting you at risk too. It’s worth the wait to get a tattoo done by a pro. Otherwise, you could end up with skin complications like raised scar tissue.