If you’re considering getting a tattoo, chances are you’ve been given a lot of opinions from a lot of people without very much genuine advice. Of course, the result of that is probably a messy head and no clear understanding of what you need to think about before you book that all-important appointment. Tattoo removal is possible, but it’s also an additional cost and so getting it right first time is advisable – but how do you do that, exactly? To help you out, we’re exploring what you need to consider before you get a tattoo.
Don’t Go Cheap
First thing’s first, you’re never going to get a tattoo for cheap without sacrificing some level of quality. While you can find some incredible tattoo artists at a price that doesn’t make you want to cry, in most cases, it’s just too good to be true. If you have friends that can vouch for the quality despite the price, or you’ve seen some of their work personally, then proceed as you wish, but taking out a few extra months to save up some extra money to cover the cost of a higher-quality tattoo is likely to leave you with a better result and a better mood.
Do Research Into Your Artist
Most artists will have an online portfolio nowadays, but you can also utilise social media to look up more and more information about your potential artist. You need to know their art style before you commit simply because they might not line up with the image you have in your head of the tattoo that you want. To save disappointment on your part or confusion for the artist, it’s best to ensure that everything matches up with their style and your desires.
Don’t Rush Into The Decision
You’ve probably heard this one before, but it really is important not to rush into your decision. If you’ve decided you want a tattoo but still aren’t entirely sure what you want, or there’s even the slightest bit of doubt in your mind, make sure you stop and sleep on it. You need to be happy with the decision you’re going to make – this is a permanent mark on your body and you’ll have to live with it. It’s better to take more time to think it over than it is to just dive in and regret it later!
You Can Go Back For Touch-Ups
If your tattoo artist hasn’t told you that you’re allowed touch-ups, make sure you clarify this with them before you sit down in the chair for the first time. Most, if not all tattoo artists will offer touch ups for the simple fact that sometimes reddened skin or blood can disrupt the image and make it difficult to accurately determine the level of shading or the pigment of a colour. As a result, a lot of artists will give you a good month or two to heal up and then come back for a touch up at a later date.
Be Prepared To Care For It
The aftercare of your tattoo is highly important and you need to be prepared to follow the instructions that your artist gives you. From ensuring that it’s kept moisturised, to resisting the urge to scratch or pick at scabs, there are a whole host of things you can do to ensure that it heals quickly without any patchy colour or scarring.
Getting a tattoo is a lifetime commitment, as you already know. Making a decision that suits you and your wishes is the most important part, but hopefully, our guide has helped you determine whether or a not a tattoo is truly for you.