Tattoos are popular with both men and women and are often chosen because they have a certain meaning. Having a tattoo should not be something you do without considering various factors. We have put together a list of important considerations you should think about before you commit to your tattoo, so let’s get started.
Design and Meaning
Why are you having a tattoo? Is it to display your children’s names – a popular option – or do you want a design that reflects a passion in your life? One thing we would not recommend is having a permanent tattoo of your partner, especially if you are of the younger generation! Things can go wrong, and you’re left with a tattoo you no longer want.
If you simply want a particular symbol, or a design of your own, make sure you know of any possible meanings that can be drawn from that design that may not be what you wish. A good tattoo artist will be able to help you select the right image.
Will it Hurt?
Yes, it will, but to be honest not as much as you might expect if this is your first tattoo. Your artist will likely use a tattoo numbing cream to keep the pain limited. The level of pain you experience will vary from person to person, but rest assured an expert tattoo artist will be adept at keeping pain levels at a minimum, they’re specialists and know tricks to reduce pain and as mentioned, there use of numbing cream for tattoos is essential!
Choosing a Tattoo Artist
This brings us to the next point: how do you know the artist you choose is experienced and skilled? The answer is to research. Visit tattoo blogs and forums and ask for recommendations. Then you visit the shops and talk to the artists. They will be more than happy to tell you about their experience and show you around the premises.
Look for testimonials on websites and – if possible – talk to former customers. Furthermore, when you are out and about, if you see someone with a tattoo in your style there’s no harm in politely asking them where it was done. Above all, ensure you choose an artist whom you feel comfortable with.
Location of the Tattoo
A visible tattoo will influence the way people view you – both socially and professionally. Facial tattoos, for example, will put a potential employer off. If your tattoo is going to be covered then there is no such problem but do think carefully about tattoos that are on view.
A tattoo is permanent, so please don’t enter into the transaction thinking ‘I can have it removed.’ You can, but it will leave marks, and the laser treatment is more painful than the application of the tattoo!
Finally, the Cost
If you really want a tattoo then you need to make sure you can afford an excellent artist. The best will always be more expensive. While it is tempting to go for the cheapest option, we would recommend that you choose the artist who comes most highly recommended, and who can demonstrate considerable experience and offer you a clean, tidy, and well-kept studio. Enjoy your tattoo!