While tattoos may be taboo and off limits to some, they can be a sense of art and self expression for others. Everyone has their own reasons for getting a tattoo, but there are a few things to remember before getting one, especially if you’ve never had one before.
The first thing to remember is making sure a tattoo is what you want. After all, this is something permanent that you’re doing to your skin, and while there are certain ways of removing one, such as surgery, it may not be removed completely. Why go through all of that in first place? So if you want a tattoo, be sure about it first, as well as the kind of tattoo you want to represent you.
There are plenty of classic tattoo mistakes, so avoid them at all cost. Don’t get a tattoo that you were motivated to get in the heat of the moment that you might regret later, and don’t get a boyfriend or girlfriend’s name. While getting a significant other’s name can be a special and romantic thing, you don’t know what the future holds when it comes to whether or not you’ll still be with that person. In case you break up, it’s best to not get anything that relates to them. It’s okay to get a tattoo of your children’s name or the name of someone in your family that may have passed away, however.
While some people want to get a tattoo that looks pretty, others may want to get one that has a deeper meaning. When it comes to how you want to represent yourself with a tattoo, be sure about it and make sure people understand why you chose it by getting one that clearly states “this is me” instead of something that may look ridiculous or confusing to someone else. If you’re getting a tattoo that’s in a different language, such as Chinese or Japanese characters, make sure you know what the meaning is before getting it. There are a lot of people who have gotten Asian characters as their tattoo, but its true meaning wasn’t what they originally thought. If it helps, ask an Asian person who understands that particular character, or you can do your own research.
Believe it or not, there are a lot of tattoo artists that shouldn’t be giving tattoos at all. When you select the person you want to give you a tattoo, make sure you’re aware of their credentials first. Ask to see some of their work, and make sure they are licensed to give you a tattoo.
Take your surroundings into consideration. Hygiene is very important so if you see signs of bad hygiene, it’s best not to get a tattoo in that place. If it helps, do some research on that particular place, keeping an eye out for good and bad reviews. Learning all you can about a tattoo parlor, and tattoo artist is very important so never skip this step before getting a tattoo.