Tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul. You expect a bit of pain while getting a tattoo. But there may be some unexpected consequences from the ink. Reactions are unpredictible, but a little knowledge can go a long way in preventing some uncomfortable and sometimes serious consequences. Getting your first tattoo is terrifying and exciting, and you probably have millions of questions in your mind. How bad will it hurt? How much will it cost? From which place should i get it?
Here are all the things that you need to know before you get inked for the first time.
Think about your tattoo for atleast 100 times before you commit to it. "When designing, try to think of the word 'timeless' because your tattoo will be timeless, even if your design is not," McCurdy says. What you think will look cool, may change so you need to think hard about the design and make sure you are still as into it months later. Remember: your tastes may change over time but this will last forever.
If you are new to tattooing, there is no shame in starting small. Give yourself a chance to learn the process, how your skin takes ink, and how your body heels. Tattoo ink also contains chemicals so you also need to get your skin checked for any sort of allergic reactions before getting inked. After that go for large tattoos.
Tattoos come with a lot of pain, which can sometimes border on the unbearable. Before you decide the size and complexity of the tattoo, consider the pain that will accompany it. Nothing is wrong with pushing yourself, but on a first tattoo it's more than fine to respect your body's limits. Also, if you are very sensitive, avoid choosing ribs, back of knees, elbows, or groin areas for your first tattoo.
Getting a tattoo done is like a medical procedure that requires utmost care and safety. Ensure that needles are opened infront of you and all equipment adhere to international standards. Also get your skin checked and be ready to pamper your skin for a few days.
Going alone to get a tattoo done can be unnerving experience for some. Take a friend along for mental support, especially if you are getting a tattoo on tricky areas like neck or ribs. Having someone to talk to, and someone you trust to walk through the process as it's happening will work wonders.
Too much exposure to sun and water submission can damage a new tattoo, so beach bums in particular will want to avoid getting a new tat in the summer. Spring and early autumn is the perfect time to get a tattoo. You won't burn, but you can also leave any arm or leg tattoos exposed rather than covering them up with irritating fabric while they heal.
You're altering your body for life. If that's not worth a decent investment, I don't know what is. But unless you have some trusted friends who tell you about a cheap parlour do not go there blindly.
Look carefully into who you're trusting your body with. Choose an artist at least a week in advance, and look over their portfolio before committing. Make sure you're happy with their work and that their style fits yours.
It is very important to keep your new ink clean by gently washing the area with anti-bacterial soap and water, then patting it dry three times a day. And a little water won't hurt it, but try to avoid spending too much time in the shower or bath after getting inked. Soaking your tattoo isn't good for it.
Never do that, unless you want your tattoo to look like everyone else's.