In the last 20 years, tattoo’s have gone from being seen as ugly and dirty to being seen as trendy and even a form of art.
So many of our favourite celebs are ‘inked’ from Harry Styles’ body covered in butterflies, to Ed Sheeran having Shrek characters tatted on him. It’s no wonder so many of us as soon as we turn the legal tattoo age we decide we want and need one. We did this ourselves, and as soon as our first pay day after hitting 18 came, we went out and got a massive back tat (It was awful, and a massive waste of money and skin, but more on that further down). Today, we’ve created this list of things to consider before getting inked. Just so you can make the best choice for you and your body.
Why are you getting a tattoo?
The biggest thing to remeber before you take the plunge is that you don’t want to regret it later. So consider why, why do you want something on your skin for the rest of your life. It may not be the best idea just to get one because your friends all have one, your mum will flip her lid or even because you want to look cool.
What are you wanting to get inked on you?
The best thing you can do before commiting to your first tattoo is think. Think about what you want and why you want it. The best and most beautiful tattoo’s are the ones that are personal to you and your story. Think about the things that are special to you, whether it’s a quote that got you through a tough time, maybe stars are the thing that inspire you or even something that represents your family. DON’T go with someone’s name. Getting your current partner’s or your bff’s name on you can totally seem like the best way to show commitment, but if you were to go seperate ways, your left with either a hefty laser removal bill or only having partners of the same name.
Getting a tattoo because of a partner is the worst idea. Take it from us. We got a tattoo of a band our ex liked because it seemed a great way to show that we were made for eachother because we liked the same band. The tattoo turned out awfully, we didn’t do our research on artists, and the relationship ended a month or two later.
Consider placement of your future tattoo too. Although work places are becoming more accepting of ink, so many places do not like tattoos on show. If it’s seen when wearing a long sleeve tshirt and trousers it may not be the best idea.
Who will tattoo you?
Unfortunately for our bank accounts, the higher the amount an artist charges per hour, the higher the quality of their work. For example, Romeo Lacoste, tattoo artist of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and the Dolan Twins is known to be one of the very best tattoo artists in the world, and his hourly rate is around $240. People who buy kits off the internet and have no artistic skills charge around $40 an hour. You get the quality you pay for.
Also, check out studio’s before you get inked. Ask people you know whose tattoo’s you admire where they went. Pop into the stuido, don’t be afraid to ask to see their health and safety certificates. If they have nothing to hide about their cleansing routine then they’ll welcome people asking.
Don’t be alarmed if the studio ask for a deposit when you book your appointment. They need to cover their backs to make sure they aren’t wasting a long period of time where they could be earning on another client if you don’t show up.
Every tattoo artist has strengths, so make sure the style of ink your getting is done by someone who does specilise in that type of art. You are going to have this for life, so there is no shame in making sure you get the very best person for the job.
Preparing for the tattoo.
When it comes to the big day, theres a few things you can do to prep yourself ready for your tattoo.
- Eat something to make sure you don’t faint.
- Be clear from alcohol in your system as most tattoo artists won’t touch you if intoxicated.
- Have your tattoo moisturiser ready so you don’t need to worry about it after.
- Take a drink with you, and some form of sugary sweet to keep your blood sugars up.
- Ask a friend or family member to come with you, just incase you feel wobbly after.
- Make sure your phone or camera have plenty of charge, so you can take a photo and share it on Insta! Everyone will wanna see your new peice of art as soon as it’s done.
- Relax. Freaking out can make your body shake, which can lead to the tattoo getting jogged.
We hope this guide helps you get ready for your first piece of ink. Just remember it’s your body and your choice, so be proud of anything you decide to get on your body.
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