Tattoos

What to Know Before Getting A tattoo

What to Know Before Getting A tattoo

Getting a tattoo can be an exhilarating and intimidating experience if you’ve never gone under the needle before. But that doesn’t mean that you should allow the nerves to get to you. There are many things to be excited about with your first tattoo experience, especially if you plan on getting a tattoo that has been planned for a long time. 


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Remember, so long as you have prepared yourself well in advance for your tattoo, you should do just fine. Some things, however, that you’ll want to know before getting a tattoo are:

  • It is your responsibility to research: You absolutely should perform some check-up on your artist. Ask questions and make sure you have a reputable artist before going under the needle. Steer clear of any scratchers that offer a fantastic and cheap tattoo from home. Trustworthy artists and shops will have no problems providing you with information on the tattoo establishment you’ve chosen. They will also have a general or deep knowledge of bloodborne pathogens and how to prevent cross-contamination.

  • Make sure that the shop is reputable. You need to ensure that the shop practices safe tattooing. This includes proper disposal of needles in sharps containers and sterilization equipment.


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  • If you can’t decide, give it more time: If you cannot decide what you want tattooed, there is absolutely no reason to rush into it. While tattoo shops have flash designs on the wall for you to choose from, most of these are impersonal and aren’t something that the tattoo artist will enjoy tattooing day in and day out. Wait it out for a little bit and choose a design that you’re going to love a year, two, or four down the line.

  • You need to decide on placement: If you aren’t sure about the placement, your artist can help. Remember, not all designs will fit well on your ribs, arm, or even on your leg. Tattoos are all about aesthetic appeal; make sure the design is well suited to the body part you want it on, or at least allow your artist the ability to suggest better placement for the tattoo.



Artist: Paul Talbot[/caption]
  • Leave your healing tattoo alone: Leaving a healing wound alone shouldn’t be difficult, but it is. There’s just something about the itch that makes us want to scratch it. But, with a tattoo, don’t! Leave your hands off of your tattoo until it’s completely healed. Picking at scabs can pull the ink and can lead to an infection that will ruin your tattoo. Know how to take care of your tattoo as it heals.

  • It will hurt: Contrary to popular belief, and what heavily tattooed people may tell newcomers, tattoos are most certainly not licked on by baby unicorns. Tattoos do hurt, and the amount in which they hurt will depend on a few factors: Your personal pain tolerance. Everyone has their own pain tolerance. While someone can give you a general idea of how badly their tattoo hurt, that doesn’t mean that you’ll react the same way.

  • The location of the tattoo. Tattoos will hurt more or less depending on where you get them. As a general rule of thumb, fatty tissue will hurt less than tattooing over bones. How long the tattoo will take to complete. The pain also depends on how long your artist takes to complete your work. Most of the time, tattoo artists will stop after a maximum of four hours, depending on how well their client sits. If you’re getting tattooed for 15 minutes, it’s less likely to be unbearable. How heavy-handed your artist is. All artists have their own tattooing method, and the position and stiffness of their hands can play a role in how much the tattooing process will hurt.