Not everyone is cut out for tattoos, and that’s OK. But if you want one, I say go for it! Just don’t get any tattoo. The best tattoo is the one that represents who you are and expresses your beliefs. If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo, let me give you some vital information that will come in handy.
The first thing you should know about tattoos is that you shouldn’t get one to be a follower. Just because everyone else has one it doesn’t mean you need one too. When it comes to getting inked up, don’t think about other people–think about yourself and your future tattoo. Everyone’s tattoo means something different to them than it will to you, so don’t copy them. If you see someone with a nice dragon tattoo, don’t get a dragon tattoo for yourself just because you think it looks cool on them. Think long and hard about what you get before you set foot into the tattoo shop.
Getting a tattoo takes a lot of time and creativity. When it comes to choosing what you want to put on your body, think about what you want it to represent. Remember, this thing is permanent, unless you get them surgically removed, so why go through the hassle in the first place if you have any doubts? You don’t want to regret your tattoo so you better make sure you’re getting something that you really love.
Once you figure out what you want and are 100% certain you want this piece of art on your body, look for a legitimate tatoo artist. Don’t settle for the local neighborhood guy that learned his craft inside a jailhouse. Go on the internet and ask around until you have found someone you can actually trust with your body. Check out their art and make sure they work at a reputable shop and use sterile equipment. Keep in mind that different artists are better at different styles of tattoos, so search for one that can do your tattoo the best.
Once you find your artist, you’re only half-way done. You now need to get mentally prepared to endure some pain depending on where your tattoo will be located. Yes, tattoos do hurt. Some people have a higher tolerance for pain than others and if you’re squeamish to needles, tattoos are probably not for you. Imagine being slapped by a rubber band thousands of times all at once in the same spot–that’s what tattoos feel like.
Once you finally go under the gun, don’t quit. Man up and go through with it until the very end. Don’t tell the artist to stop, don’t complain, just sit there and take it. Tattoo artists are doing a job, they are not their to hold your hand while you throw a hissy fit.
Once your tattoo is finished, ask your artist how to take care of it. He’ll tell you the proper way to keep it moisturized and how to let it heal properly. Whatever you do, make sure you follow their advice exactly. Don’t pick at your tattoo and don’t do something that they didn’t tell you to do.
Once your tattoo is healed, you’re officially inked up and ready to show off your tattoo however and whenever you like.
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