1. Being Picky About the Parlor
While it might seem more fun to make a spontaneous trip to the tattoo parlor, it is important to take some time to find more about the parlor before you can choose to have the tattoo. You can end up regretting choosing a parlor because of its convenient location. The only important thing is not the quality of their art – tattooing will involve a needle in your skin, which is why it is important to choose a parlor that follows proper health precautions. Tattoo parlors should invest in high-quality equipment, so you need to invest some time to find offers for a selection of equipment at great prices. If you have well-tattooed friends, ask them to give you recommendations for a parlor.
2. Following Aftercare Instructions
A tattoo is said to be complete when the healing process is done. Different artists have different aftercare instructions, so you should always follow them so you don’t end up with an infection. The upper part of the skin has been removed, and this exposes your body to bacteria. The care advice can vary a little from one artist to another, but it is going to mostly involve washing, drying, and applying a moisturizer every day. During the bandaging phase, you should not let it be covered using plastic wrap. While people can easily see it without having to expose it, it can provide the perfect ground for bacterial breeding.
3. Avoiding Alcohol
It can be tempting to take a little alcohol to take off the edge, but this might not be a good idea. Alcohol is going to thin your blood, which leads to more bleeding during tattooing. The blood will push out and makes it harder for the ink to push in. Alcohol is going to have a big impact on the design while impairing your judgment and you can decide to go with something you end up regretting. You might have wanted a small tattoo but decide to go with a big tattoo on your forearm, which leaves you with a lot of regrets. Alcohol is not going to make it hurt less.
4. Checking Your Spelling
There are many people who like tattoos that have texts from Eastern philosophy. A line from Confucius can give you some street cred, especially when you put it on the nape of your neck. Japanese characters have become popular because they are beautiful characters, but it is not wrong to get a tattoo from another culture, as long as it has meaning to you. A mistake people make is choosing fashion over form and choosing something just because it looks neat. You need to invest time in researching the symbols you are considering to write on your body so you can know what they mean. You might end up tattooing something that is offensive or funny without even knowing.
5. Location, Location
Where your tattoo is going to be is very important, and you have to factor in your lifestyle. Some of the things you need to consider when choosing the location are your wardrobe, and when you want it to be seen. If you are getting started, the face and head are off the table. You should only consider your face and head after you have had many tattoos. If you are working or planning to work in a job prohibiting tattoos, then you should choose a location that cannot be seen easily. This means ankles, forearms, and necks are a no-no. Some parts of your body experience more wear and tear, and you will need to go for touchups so they can keep looking good, and this means spending more money. If you cannot tolerate a lot of pain, then choose meaty parts of your body because tattooing areas close to the bone hurts a lot.
6. Getting a Bid
This is one of those many people getting started with tattoos fail to consider. Getting a good tattoo from a respected artist is going to cost a lot. When designing the tattoo, have this in the back of your mind. The two factors that will largely determine the cost of your tattoo are size and detail. This is because it means more time. The longer it takes, the more it is going to cost. A small tattoo that is in just one color will cost between one hundred and three hundred bucks. Look for an artist with an impressive portfolio then find out how much they charge.
7. Design Challenge
When you tattoo something on your body, it is going to be part of your forever, unless you choose to remove it, a process that is both painful and expensive. You need to choose something that you are going to still love decades later. Take your time and check out different places for ideas. You can even have an inspiration book with all the different ideas, then narrow them down. A tattoo can be anything that you think looks cool, it doesn’t need to have significance. Choose the right colors because there are some that go better with your skin tone. Always remember the more detailed and larger the tattoo is, the more you are going to pay.