I like to think I know a little something about getting a tattoo, after all I think I’ve lost count at the amount I now have. I though in today’s post I would share some tips from my previous experiences of getting tattoos in the hope that it may help someone who isn’t as used to getting them or is looking to get their first one soon.
Before we get into the tips, I’d just like to reassure anyone, being is nervous about getting a tattoo is completely normal. It’s a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. In a way I think the nerves help a bit with the adrenaline you get when you start getting the tattoo. Tattoo shops aren’t scary either, most ones I’ve into are super welcoming and the artists that work there will go out of their way to make sure you’re comfortable and feel at ease.
Right let’s get into these tips, some may seem obvious but bare with me…
- Pick an artist that will do your tattoo justice and by that I mean…don’t go for a cheap option. A lot of tattoo artists specialise in certain styles and for good reason, that’s the style they’re the best at. Do your research and pick an artist that suits your desired tattoo. It’ll be like a match made in heaven.
- Make sure you feel comfortable in the tattoo studio, if you don’t, let your artist know and they’ll hopefully do everything they can to make you feel comfortable. Everyone that has tattoos had to experience it for the first time so you won’t be alone.
- Eat something before you have your tattoo and bring something sugary in with you, whether that’s a can of fizzy drink or a chocolate bar. It’ll keep your sugar levels high and you’ll be less likely to faint if the tattooing gets too much.
- Don’t be ashamed to ask for a break. This applies more to people that are new to tattooing. If the pain gets too much or your arm/leg is going dead, ask for a break and walk it off. There’s no point trying to power through if you’re just going to end up feeling worse. I learnt the hard way on a few of my tattoos. It just isn’t worth trying to stand the pain. Sometimes a break is the best thing.
- Finally, make sure you want the tattoo and don’t be afraid to query your artist on the design or placement if you don’t like it. After all it’ll be on your body for the rest of your life and you’ll be living with it. You have the final say, not the artist. Although they are the expert and most of the time will know what is best so find that balance.
So those were 5 tips for getting a tattoo. Like I said earlier, they may seem obvious but it’s always nice to be reassured.
I hope this post proved helpful, why not share it around with your friends and family if you know someone wanting to get a tattoo.
Until next time…
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