Getting Your First Tattoo? Tips For The Best Experience


Tattoos are a great way of expressing yourself, your personality, and covering your body in artwork that you love. They can be extremely sentimental, or just something you thought was beautiful and wanted it tattooed on to your skin. There really are no rules when it comes to a tattoo except it has to be something you love, not just like, and it has to be of high quality as it will be on your body for the rest of your life. Many tattoo lovers steer clear of spontaneous decisions, as everyone knows at least one person who got a tattoo when they were young, didn’t think about it and are now researching for top laser tattoo removal clinics. To make sure you do not end up in the same boat, here are a few tips on how you can make the experience of getting your first tattoo smooth and stress-free.

Don’t Worry About The Pain

Ok, this may be easier said than done. However, you can ask hundreds of people how they would rate the pain and pretty much all will give you different answers. The level of pain will range depending on the placement you choose, and the size and shading of your tattoo design. In truth, you will not know how you will cope with the pain until you are under the needle and experiencing it first hand. Most of the time the pain will have been bigged-up in your mind to be a lot worse than it actually is, so you may find (like many people do) you’ve been over-reacting the whole time leading up to your tattoo appointment.   

Have It Drawn On You First

You may have an idea of what tattoo you already want or at least an idea of the style of tattoo you are most drawn to. You are going to want to find an artist that specialises in that particular design and style to ensure you get the highest quality of artistry. An artist with that certain niche is going to give a better tattoo than a jack of all trades, especially if it’s an intricate design. Once you have found an artist and worked on the design of your tattoo, you are going to want to have them draw it on in your chosen placement a couple of weeks before the actual tattoo appointment. This will confirm that you are in love with the design, and have chosen the right placement for it, and give you a chance to get used to seeing it every day. Remember, this will be on your skin for life, so you want to be 100% sure on the design and placement before going under the needle.

Visit The Artist Multiple Times

As well as choosing the artist, it is a good idea to get to know them and their process better. The main thing you want them to be really hot on is hygiene. Everything needs to be sterilised; gloves need to warn etc. You will also want to see past client’s tattoos and reviews to make sure you are getting the highest quality service possible, and that the artist uses high-quality ink. You don’t want the lines of the ink to bleed, or fade too much in the healing process, or over time, so the tattoo looks patchy and less than perfect. It is also preferable to find out whether the tattoo artist replicates all their designs or prefers to keep each design unique – so you will know if anyone else will be walking around with your tattoo design. You may also want to ask them about the healing process, so you are prepared to properly care for your tattoo after it has been done. Like with all tattoos there will be a risk of infection so you will need to know in-depth how best to care for your tattoo to avoid any nasty infections.

Take your time, and try not to rush the process leading to getting your tattoo. Though you may be eager to get your first tattoo on your skin, it will have a special place in your heart – especially if you go on to have more. So have fun, take your time, and try not to freak out as you walk in to have it done. Though it may take a few minutes, or a few hours depending on the size, of pain to obtain, that versus an entire lifetime, means it’s not too much pain in the grand scheme of things.

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