Here Are 17 Things You Should Know Before Getting Your First Tattoo
Get ready to be a walking canvas.
So you're thinking about getting your first tattoo, but have no idea where to start.
Getting a tattoo for the first time can be nerve-racking and exciting all at once, especially if you don't know what to expect.
Over the last few years I've gotten 12 tattoos, and I already plan on getting more in the near future.
I definitely know what it's like to be new to the tattoo process, so here's a guide of everything you should keep in mind before you head to the shop to get inked.
Take some time to really think about your design.
Experimenting with semi-permanent tattoos, which last 8-18 days and often look legit, will give you a better idea of what a real tattoo might look like.
Do research to find the perfect tattoo artist for you.
If there's a specific tattoo artist you want to work with, pre-book an appointment rather than chancing your luck as a walk-in.
But above all, research the shop you'll be tatted at to make sure it's clean and has good reviews.
Set money aside for your tattoo because quality work is never cheap.
If you do book an appointment, be prepared to pay a deposit beforehand.
Make sure to tip your artist at the end of your session.
Be aware of your pain tolerance when deciding where to get your tattoo.
Book a consultation appointment with your tattoo artist to talk over your design idea.
On the day of your appointment, avoid bringing your entire squad along with you because it can be distracting to your artist.
Don't forget to eat a full meal and hydrate before getting inked so you're prepared to sit through your appointment rather than potentially passing out.
And don't get intoxicated before getting your tattoo.
Before your artist begins, make sure the tattoo needle is brand new and opened in front of you.
Familiarize yourself with aftercare instructions for tattoos, especially those given to you by your artist.
Don't plan to go swimming or sunbathing while your tattoo is healing to avoid any possible complications.
Finally, if you're having second thoughts on a tattoo, chances are you probably shouldn't get it.
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