Getting a Tattoo
Thinking about getting your first tattoo? Most likely you have done plenty of research, searched through hundreds of images, bought tattoo magazines, and even watched a few episodes of LA Ink or Miami Ink. If you still haven’t found a design you like I recommend you join TattooMeNow.com, a membership site that will give you access to thousands of tattoo designs.
So, what’s next?
First of all ask yourself if you truly want one. Getting a tattoo should not be a spontaneous decision. And it should never be anyone else’s decision, but yours. So, do not succumb to peer pressure, do not get a tattoo as a fashion accessory and never get one when you are drunk. also, make sure you see a health professional if you have a medical condition.
Once you are ready to get a tattoo, possibly the most important decision with getting your first tattoo is to find the right artist. I recommend you meet your prospective tattoo artist face to face at least once before having permeant ink put to your skin. Try to look for an artist who has a website with an online portfolio, and who has been in some publications. attending a tattoo show is a great way to canvass several tattoo artist in a short amount of time.
When you have found an artist you are comfortable with, be very clear and firm on what you want. Allow yourself to take on board suggestions, but make sure you get what you want. Your tattoo will stay with you until the day you die, unless you decide to have it removed, which will cost you a lot more than than the tattoo itself.
Never ever get the name of your partner tattood on yourself. Relationships end in one way or the other. Go for something else to express your commitment and love.
I recommend that you scout your artist’s studio before get your tattoo. Questions you should ask yourself include:
- Is the studio clean?
- Do you feel comforatable there?
- Is there a private area avaiable to get your tatoo?
- Can you see sterilzing equipment?
- Is there bin of discarded medical gloves?
- Can you see a needle bin?
- Is new ink prepared for each client?
If you can answer yes to all these questions then you know you are in safe hands. If most of these questions return a no, then get out of the studio as quickly as you can.
When the work is done, your tattoo artist will give you after care advice. You should be told to avoid exposing it to sunlight and given some protective ointment on your skin. The skin under your tattoo will swell up, but it will soon return to its normal size.
I hope you enjoy the experience of getting your first tattoo. Read our Tattoo Me Now review if you are still looking for a tattoo design.