How to Get a Tattoo
|July 15, 2012||Posted by Dean Castro under Culture, Health, Tips|
Getting a tattoo is awesome! But it’s also a big decision. They don’t call it “permanent ink” for nothing, right?
New age technology makes it easier for tattoo removal, but it’s also too damn painful and ( depending on the color of ink) not always successful.
So save yourself some time and pain by reading these awesome tips for getting tattoos:
Choosing the art for your tattoo is the most difficult part of the process. This image will be on your body for the rest of your life, so getting something you like is key.
There are many tattoo magazines and websites to get ideas from. If you have an idea in your head but don’t have a picture of it, asking your chosen tattoo artist to draw it up for you is very common. Tattoo artists draw designs on a daily basis.
Choose what you like
An easy way to start getting ideas for you tattoo is to think of what you like and enjoy, whether it be hobbies, pets, skills, locations, memories, or anything else in the world. Revolving around these, will give you a glimpse at what is important to you — important enough to get permanently inked into your skin.
No matter what art you choose, take the time to talk with your tattoo artist to make the piece truly one of a kind.
One main idea behind getting a tattoo is, expressing who you are. So be sure to have a tattoo that really expresses who you are.
Location, location, location
Choosing the location of the tattoo will determine how painful it is. This will affect the size of the image, as well as how much it will cost and how much it will hurt (more on this below).
Depending on your career, placing tattoos on visible areas (such as necks and arms) can be a problem. Otherwise, choosing where on your body to put your new art is a personal decision. Just about any part of your anatomy is possible, but! the location will determine how much it will hurt. (more on this below)
Artist and Shop
Picking the tattoo artist and shop is very important. At this point, you’re probably ready to get inked. But you still need to make sure your tattoo shop is safe, clean and professional.
Take the time to visit a few different shops in your area– compare the skill, experience, and cleanliness of each location.
While looking around the shop, see if you can watch the artists prepare for tattoos. Make sure he takes fresh needles and tubes from sealed packages. Also, the artists should use new disposable containers for each ink color, as well as wear disposable gloves while working.
Image portfolios of finished tattoos should be available at all tattoo shops. Ask what each artist’s favorite style of tattoo is, this will help you determine which artist is best for your chosen art. If you have friends with tattoos, they are the best source of information. Ask them where they got their tats done, or if they can refer you to somebody that does great work.
The cost of each tattoo is unique to the art. Simply put, you get what you pay for. Most shops price their work at hourly rates. Each rate is unique to each artist, since they all have different experiences.
Do not try to haggle the price of a tattoo; this is very disrespectful to the artist, and they be less than inspired to put effort into your art. If you can’t afford to get what you want, save and wait until you can — it will be worth the investment.
The best tattoo artists are booked for at least 6 months. And they are very, very expensive. But that’s how you know that their tattoos are works of art.
Cheap tattoo shops uses cheap inks that fade very quickly and have not-so-good artists. Therefore, it’s a good idea to save for a good tattoo.
Needle pain is relative. Yes, it’s going to hurt a bit, but just how painful depends on the individual as well as the anatomy of the body.
Some location on the body hurts more than others. The thinner the skin is (meaning, the closer the nerves are to skin surface) the more it will hurt.
Well-known painful areas are: the spine, inside of the arm, neck, ribs, hands, and feet. Do not take paracetamols or any other pain relievers to try and decrease the pain, this will only thin out your blood and make you bleed more, making it even longer to finish the tattoo— thus, longer pain and more hourly rates.
The after care
Aftercare of a tattoo is pretty simple. After getting inked, the artist should give you a list of instructions, as well as supply you with, or tell you to buy some ointment.
The bigger your tattoo is, the longer you should leave the bandage on it. Your tattoo is an open wound and the last thing you want is to get infected. No matter the size of your tattoo, you should leave the bandage on for at least two or more hours.
After removing it, wash the tattoo with some mild soap, but do not re-bandage the tattoo. After mildly drying off the tattoo, apply the ointment (previously mentioned). Reapply the ointment three to five times a day while the tattoo is still healing.
Expect to see some skin flaking or scabbing on the tattoo. But don’t worry, this is just the skin’s natural healing process. Just keep washing it mildly and applying ointment– in a week or so, your skin will be back to normal.
Remember: now that you have a tattoo, anytime you go in the sun, you need to take care of it. You need to apply sun protection– at least SPF 30 (preferably higher) to the tattoo. The more you expose the tattoo to the sun, the sooner the colors will fade.
Few additional Tips:
- If you have any questions about anything, ANYTHING AT ALL, don’t hesistate to ask your tattoo artist. These people are friendly and professional; no matter what you say or ask, I guarantee they’re used to answering it.
- DO NOT get a tattoo if you are sick. You’ll need all those white blood cells heal your tattoo, and you can’t do that if your immune system is low.
- DO NOT go swimming before you get a tattoo. This will make your skin much more sensitive, and will increase both the pain and the time it takes to heal.
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