When getting the first tattoo, it is normal to experience mixed reactions. You may wonder, is it painful? How much will it cost? It is best to understand the basics of tattoos before getting one.
Consider the Cost
Getting a tattoo is costly. No matter the size, your artist will still use ink, fresh needles, and gloves. You also need to pay for the skill. However, simple tattoos such as initials are cheaper than huge and detailed images. Artists differ in pricing, so, research and settle for a reasonable cost. If the price is too low, that should be a warning sign.
The Social Effects
Although more and more cultures accept tattoos, a certain percentage doesn’t buy the idea. Some employers also discriminate against tattooed people. Therefore, before making a lifetime commitment, keep the social effects in mind.
Tattoos are meaningful, so don’t rush into getting an image without an aim. You can have an image or initials of your loved ones. If you don’t have an idea, consult an artist and choose the best ornamental tattoo style. You can also take pictures and explain what you want.
Always remember-It’s Permanent
A tattoo is a permanent mark. So, before you walk into a tattoo shop, remember you will still have your tattoo in the ’90s. Research everything about tattoos, such as cost, pain, and the time spent.
Where Do You Want it placed?
You can tattoo any body part, such as the rib cage, thighs, hands, legs, back, or stomach. Note that some body parts hurt more than others, so consult your artist before placement.
Know the General Rules
An artist should inform you what is expected before getting a tattoo during consultations. Before a session, keep off alcohol or caffeine for 48 hours to prevent bleeding. Eat well and drink enough water and shave the area of the tattoo. When going for a session, wear loose-fitting clothes and ensure the tattoo area is exposed.
Does a tattoo hurt? Yes, but not as much as you expected. However, the pain level depends on the area of placement and size of the tattoo. Some body parts are more prone to pain than others, and also your pain tolerance levels. So, be mentally prepared to make the process endurable.
In addition, a tattoo takes almost two weeks to heal, so, learn how to attend to the open wound to avoid infection. Adhere to aftercare tips such as avoiding swimming or soaking the tattoo in water, re-badge or scratching the wound, and staying off dirty things.
Research the Artist
For better results, do not settle for any other tattoo artist out there. Check the artist’s reviews online or ask for referrals. A tattoo is a permanent thing, so you can’t dare consult an inexperienced person. Check past work and gauge the artist’s skills.
Visit the Tattoo Shop
A tattoo shop should observe high levels of cleanliness. Check how equipment is sterilized and if the artist uses fresh gloves for each customer. An artist should use a new needle for every client to prevent infections.
Consider the Size
Large tattoos take longer, are more expensive, and the pain will be more than small ones. Also, bigger images cannot fit in some body parts such as fingers or toes. Once you decide the size, your artist will guide you on the best place for the tattoo.
Getting a tattoo is not a thing you can rush into. Do your homework, determine the cost, and decide on the size, placement area, pain management, aftercare, and general rules. This way, you will get a piece of art that matches what you want.