A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Your First Tattoo: Getting inked for the first time is always a big, big decision. The first decision you will have to take, and the biggest one, perhaps, is the text/design that you want to have on your body for the rest of your life. Even after you know what you what tattooed, you have to consider a bunch of other things before you can get under the needle. It’s something that is going to stay with you for a lifetime, and you may as well give it some thought before booking an appointment with the tattoo artist. The ink has to be the greatest quality available, the tattoo-artist must be a pro, and most importantly, the hygiene factor should come first. This means that you have to decide on a certain design you want, where you want, how you want, and by whom. Sounds like a lot of work? Don’t worry. We have a comprehensive guide for all you newbies who are all nerves about getting for the very first time:
1. Give it Time
We’re not asking you to wait for years altogether but to give the idea a proper and thorough consideration. Instead of rushing to a tattoo artist right after thinking of some text or design that you liked, give it at least half a year to consider if you would still want it. This way, you know that the liking for the design isn’t impulsive and you won’t regret it ever.
However, that said, If it is the visibility of the tattoo that is making you skeptical, go for a place that won’t be that visible. Like your ankle or your lower back. If you do end up hating your tattoo down the line in a few years, you can always opt for a tattoo removal which is easily available nowadays.
2. The Tattoo-Artist
Selecting a tattoo artist who is not only great at his art but also uses the best possible ink and takes the ultimate care of hygiene is something you are going to have to invest time and effort in. After all, it is something that is going to be imprinted on your skin for the lifetime and can also potentially harm it if not taken proper care of. Although the idea of just walking into a tattoo parlour and getting it done may be provocative, you may want to avoid that. The best artists who are dedicated towards their art will always ask you for at least one appointment before the date you will get tattooed so that you can form a rapport, discuss the technicalities of the tattoo, especially if it’s a big one. Remember that you are going to be at his mercy during the inking process and it is extremely crucial that you know how he works, whether his sense of design and aesthetics match yours and his specialty. This means that you wouldn’t want to end up in a tattoo parlour which boasts of amazing portraiture when want you to want a script.
Make sure you see the design beforehand, discuss the font and size as well as the aftercare before you go ahead and give it a final nod.
3. The Place of the tattoo
You may want the tattoo on your fingers, but the design won’t support it. This links with the former point where we emphasize the importance of knowing and consulting your tattoo artist. There’s only so much a Google search can tell you. After you have decided on the font of the script or the colour and size of the design, now it is time to figure where must that be inscribed. For example, you want the script on your ankle, but the font may not allow that. It is your tattoo artist who can be trusted the best in this regard. There are many places on your body which aren’t all that great when it comes to holding ink for a long time. This implies that if you do want a tattoo in that particular place, you may need regular refills. For the ink to look healthy, bright, and precise, it is best you get inked on a place which allows the same.
4. The Price
When you are getting inked, that isn’t the time to haggle. You are buying a piece of art that your tattoo artist will design for you meticulously using his skills, that which will remain etched on your body for the lifetime. If you could spend $5000 on a pair of shoes, you shouldn’t think twice about spending not more or less, but the right amount for the art you’re buying. You may see tattoo parlours which will do the job for times less the amount, but do you know if that is going to be hygienic and trust-worthy? At what cost do you want that discount? Now, having said this, it does not mean that you stand the chance of getting overcharged by certain ‘famous’ parlours which have built a brand for themselves. If you’re content with the work and the work process of the artist, you have selected. It is best not to settle for a lesser price and bargain quality and hygiene for that.
5. Hygiene and Safety
It is extremely important to double check the hygiene standards of the tattoo parlour you have selected. You may like the artist’s work but you ought to know if he/she is a licensed tattoo artist. If someone is going to stick needles into your body, you should be doubly sure if that is going to end up in a skin rash or worse, skin infection. The tattoo parlours should and are expected to dispose of the gloves, bandages, swabs, coverings, and any razors used during the tattoo process right away. All the reusable types of equipment in the parlour ought to be sterilized regularly and with utmost care. Once you have all of this information are absolutely sure that you or your skin will face no danger in the future, it’s time to get that ink on yourself!
Tattoos last a little longer than forever, so make sure you have taken all the necessary measures before getting inked.