Back in the day, tattoos were seen as bad. They were synonymous with gang affiliation and general outlaw behavior, but times have certainly changed, and tattoos are now more mainstream than they ever have been before.
For this reason, many people are warming up to the idea of having tattoos. Everyone from bikers to school teachers is getting tattoos, and it has left many people wanting to get a little ink for themselves at some point.
If you're a person who likes the idea of getting a tattoo, but hasn't got around to it just yet, here is everything you need to know about getting your first tattoo.
Getting a tattoo is never a cheap experiment. Even the smallest tattoo will cost a pretty penny because of the specialized tools that need to be used as well as the expertise of the artist who will be doing your tattoo for you.
The smaller your tattoo, the cheaper it will be, but you must know exactly what you are getting yourself in for when choosing your tattoo. Speak to the artist and check what it would cost to get your tattoo at the desired size, and then save up for it if you need to.
Speaking of pricing, you mustn't try to bargain hunt when you are getting a tattoo. You can skimp your money on some things in life, but tattoos are not one of them. You should always ensure that your artist is professional and that you will get your desired result.
The best way to do this is to find recommendations from people that you trust. If you have a friend whose tattoos are done really well, find out from them who did their tattoos and what it cost them so that you can weigh up your options.
Tattoos will always be painful; after all, it is a tiny needle repeatedly poking into your skin until you have a permanent mark where there used to be only skin. What is important for the pain scale is where the tattoo will be placed.
Some areas of the body are much more sensitive than others, and you will feel the tattoo needle much more sharply in the more sensitive places. If you're thinking of getting a larger tattoo, it is probably better to get it done on a less sensitive part of your body.
Having spoken about placement, this is one of the most important things to consider when you are getting a tattoo. Tattoos are not something that you can move around, so you need to be sure about where you are placing the tattoo to ensure that you will always be happy with it.
You should also ensure that if your job has strict protocol about tattoos, you place your tattoo somewhere that will not affect your career in any way. Doing this will allow you to remain professional but still have your tattoo.
One of the most important things to consider about your tattoo is timing. You cannot do various things when you first get a tattoo, such as getting it wet or having fabrics rub on it too much.
You should preferably get a tattoo during summer, but at a time when you will not be swimming very much. This will allow you to keep your tattoo dry and not have the heavy fabrics you wear in winter rubbing against it too much.