They are widely accepted in today’s society and the negative connotations surrounding tattooing is dissipating as the idea of the body as an artist’s canvas has become widely accepted in the mainstream. So you are thinking of getting your first tattoo. Cool. There are some things that you need to think about before getting inked, because as you know a tattoo doesn’t wash off to easily. If you’ve ever wanted a tattoo, I want to give you some pointers and tattoo design ideas for getting your first tattoo.
1. A tattoo lasts forever. Don’t rush into your design decision and end up with a design you will regret. Join some online tattoo galleries to get ideas, and don’t make an impulse decision. When in doubt, just slow down a little before you get the actual ink
2. If any of your friends have tattoos, talk to them to get an idea of how getting a tattoo was for them. Ask them questions… How much did it hurt? Who did your tattoo? Was the tattoo shop professional and clean? It’s always best to talk to someone you know and trust.
3. If you are religious, is getting a tattoo going to be a problem for your faith? For example, tattoos are forbidden for Jews. In fact, if someone with a tattoo converts to Judaism, they can not be buried in a Jewish cemetery unless the tattoo is removed. Some Christians, belive that getting a tattoo is contrary to God’s call to honor our bodies, and are against the idea. Again, since tattoos are permanent, think about if there will be religious impacts for you.
4. Talk with your artist about proper tattoo aftercare. Generally you should keep the tattoo bandaged overnight. Then, gently wash the area the next day. Do not scratch or rub your new tattoo. Once healed, you must use sun protection as much as possible, as the UV light will fade the colors. (This is another important consideration when determining the location of your tattoo.)
5. Yes, it’s going to hurt. And, yes you will also bleed some. (It’s worth it though trust me. OK, the truth is, most locations aren’t really that bad, especially if you’re getting a small tattoo. It’s also something of a ‘good pain’. That is to say, you’re enduring it for a special reason.
Are you ready for your first tattoo? You should prepare it both in body and heart. So, good luck!