Ready for Your First Tattoo? do These 7 Things before Getting Inked ...


Tattoos can be artistic, unique, attractive and sexy. But they’re also permanent. Because of this fact, it’s important to do these 7 things before getting inked. Taking the time to go through these steps will help you to make sure you never have a second of tattoo regret.

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Put Your Idea Away for 6 Months

When you’ve found a tattoo that you love, do yourself this favor. Put it away for 6 months, maybe a year. Your tastes in tattoos could change significantly so it’s best to give yourself at least that amount of time to think it over before you take the step into permanence. In the meantime, keep looking to see if you find a tattoo that you like better than the one you’ve got in mind. If you’re still sure that you want the tattoo you tucked away at the end of 6 months, go for it.


Consider How Time Will Affect Your Choice

Something that many people neglect to consider when getting inked is how time may affect your choice. You want to choose a tattoo that will always be in style. Unless you’re sure it’s what you want, it’s probably best to steer clear of cartoon characters which come and go with the decades. Go for a tattoo that has a timeless look. You want something that’s as fashionable in the years to come as it is now.


When getting your first tattoo, it’s important to consider how time will affect your choice. Trends come and go, and you want to make sure that your tattoo will always be in style. Go for a timeless look that will still look fashionable in the years to come. Consider classic designs like animals, flowers, or symbols that have been around for centuries.

You should also think about the size of the tattoo. Small tattoos are often more versatile and can be placed in more places. If you’re looking for something large, consider how it will look in different parts of your body. A big tattoo on the arm may look great, but it may not look as good on the back or legs.

Another thing to consider is the color of the tattoo. Bright colors may look great now, but they may fade over time. Stick to more subtle colors that will last longer and won’t need to be touched up as often.

Finally, think about the artist you choose. Do your research and find an artist with a style that you like and who has a good reputation. It’s important to find someone who you feel comfortable with and who can answer any questions you may have.


Look at the Tattoo on Others

Before you commit to a tattoo, try to look at it on others. You may love the look of it on paper, but do you love it on skin? You can find resources online to help you see what specific tattoos look like on an actual person. Images can have a completely different appearance on skin than on paper. Making the effort to check into this can save you from making a choice you regret.


Factor in Skin Changes

This is a big one. Factor in skin changes before you go get a tattoo. This is especially important if you haven’t had children yet. Your body is going to change in many ways as it goes through a pregnancy. Also important to consider is if you’re placing the tattoo where it will receive a lot of sun exposure that could alter the appearance.


Examine the Significance of Your Choice

Most people want their tattoo to have significance. They want it to mean something or be a sign of something they’ve experienced. Check into your tattoo to make sure it doesn’t have any hidden meanings you aren’t aware of. Make sure you truly feel confident in your choice. A tattoo is not something you want to choose just to go along with the crowd.


Consider How It May Affect Your Professional Life

This is also very important. While it’s true that many professions are becoming more open-minded about tattoos, it’s a slow process. It’s possible that the profession you’re in or going into could be unaccepting of your tattoo. It may be wise to consider placing your tattoo in a more private area of your body if this is a concern. Otherwise, you may be asked to keep your tattoo covered while at work.


When considering getting a tattoo, it is important to think about how it may affect your professional life. Even though many professions are becoming more open-minded about tattoos, it is a slow process. Therefore, it may be wise to consider placing your tattoo in a more private area of your body if there is a potential for it to be seen in a professional setting. Additionally, it is important to research the tattoo artist you are considering to make sure they are reputable and use proper safety precautions. Finally, it is important to be aware of the laws and regulations in your area regarding tattoos.


Try It on

Lastly, don’t be afraid to try the tattoo on and wear it only as an image for a day before committing. Yes, this can mean two trips to the tattoo parlor. But a tattoo artist wants you to be happy with your choice. This’s a small thing to ask. It helps you to be absolutely sure of your decision.

These are 7 important things to do before you get inked. What’re your thoughts on this subject? Do you have any advice to share?

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Great advise for anyone getting their first or fifth tattoo. I've been debating a few and can't commit yet

Veronica, whilst I respect your opinion, most people reading this article like tattoos. I've had mine for 12 years and have never regretted it.

For someone who works in a tattoo studio, I'd agree with everything but the last one. Lots of studios will refuse this because it's then easy to take the design to a studio that will undercut on price. People will even take it to people who will tattoo illegally from their houses. Art theft has risen quite a bit since social media became popular. So, don't be offended if artists refuse to do this.

My only regret is not having more when I was younger ! Currently getting my 15 th next month ...And personally I would rather be old inked and causing chaos !!!

I agree with niki, I have lots of tattoo artist friends and none of them have ever done that. It's a lot of work that they may not be paid for. And you should be going to someone who is good enough that they're busy enough that they can't waste time. But you can order fake tattoos online, ones that'll make any image you send in.

As a tattoo artist I can say that most of these points are great advice but most tattoo artists aren't going to put a full stencil on your body and let you leave with it as the last point describes. It's the simple fact that we have to do work to make that stencil and what's to say that a person doesn't get it done by someone else after leaving.

Tatoo looks hidous when one is old: when the skin turn wrinkly and saggy.

I have begun thinking about getting a tattoo for the past year. I am still not 100% sure I'm going to do it, although I'd love to. The problem is that I'm absolute horrible with long-term commitments!

I have 10 tattoos. I started late in life. The father of my daughter prompted my first one. I was in love. I got his name and I thought he would do the same... NOT. He got and Indian head. That should have been a hint for me!😫. Anyway that didn't stop my love for tattoos. They are addictive in a good way. A finished work of art that chose and why you chose it, is what makes it beautiful. I'm 48 and #11 won't be far behind.😊

One of my good friends got a tattoo and didn't tell me until 3 months later. I hated the fact that he hid it for so long and then told me his "secret". Not only did it make me angry that he hadn't told me, but the fact that he got a tattoo! It really upset me and just really hurt me to know he would do something like that. I cried about it. :/ #notafanoftattoos :(

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