Do you want that Tattoo?
The decision to add a tattoo is a big one. When done right, body art can be both attractive and serve as an expression of your personality. Whether it’s a creative design or text-based body art, adding a tattoo is not to be taken lightly. Remember, it will be etched on you for a lifetime, unless you choose to go through the tattoo removal process.
If you can’t stand the sight of needles, tattooing may not be for you. Although the needle doesn’t go as deep as, for example, a shot of medicine does, tattooing is done by repeatedly pricking your skin.
Look into the future
Before you are inked, try to imagine yourself a few years into the future, and see if the tattoo you are excited about now will still hold relevance to you then. Maybe you won’t be as big a fan of Sponge Bob then – so choose your design with your future self in mind!
When it comes to your body, you seldom compromise on finding the right hairdresser or the right beautician. It becomes even more important to find the right tattoo artist because the design is going to stay in place for a long time, and maybe forever.
The right way to add a tattoo is through a two-pronged process. Not only do you have to be absolutely certain about the artwork you want, but you also need to ensure that you allow only the best artist and tools touch your skin.
If you are unsure of what tattoo to add, use resources available on the web to inspire you.. Remember, tattoos shown on Google and Pinterest are photographed in flattering lights and angles. While, they may initially appeal to you, it is worthwhile to dig a little deeper to find a tattoo that is both original and representative of your personality. Research tattoo artist profiles online, including on Instagram, to see examples of their work. If you like a particular artist’s work but can’t find a design that works for you, contact them and ask for ideas. Besides the designs that they showcase, most tattoo artists also have other designs and ideas that they may share with you. Read reviews and find out what previous customers of the artist have to say about his or her work.
Once you’ve found the right tattoo artist, you may consider asking them for their interpretation of the design you’ve chosen – this will allow you to bring more personality to the design and make it truly your own (because not many of us are fans of flash designs).
Time for the ink
If you already have an idea for a tattoo in mind, pay a visit to the tattoo shop of your choice before you being inked. Take a look around to check that the shop maintains high standards of hygiene and sterilization. Meet your tattoo artist and understand the basics of the tattooing process. You can ask questions about the pricing, time, tattoo care, and pain. Verify that your artist of choice has a valid tattoo license and has completed the required safety courses – it will help you avoid the spread of blood-borne pathogens.
When it comes to getting a text-based tattoo, do not forget to edit and proofread your design. Do this again during the stenciling and sketching process to ensure that you do not have a careless typo inked on you forever. If you’re looking for our recommendations, we are huge fans of the work done by Jason Anthony at The Golden Rule Tattoo or head on over to meet with Byron and his team from Black Lotus Tattooers.
After you receive your tattoo, remember to take care of it by staying out of the sun and keeping it away from water for about two weeks. This time iis needed for the tattoo to heal.
Tattoo regret usually is the result of an impulsive choice. When your tattoo art and artist is chosen thoughtfully, odds are you will love the end result. Your tattoo will represent your personality and make a statement that you are proud to share. With today’s technology and expertise, no one needs to live with bad ink! With 80% of first tattoos chosen off the board, it is no wonder that 50% want their tattoo removed. Most have no idea what their ink means. Hopefully, these tips provide you with the tools needed to have a successful tattoo experience. Share your decision making experience with us. We’d love to hear about your experience!