One thing I’ve always wanted since I was about sixteen was a tattoo, I remember being so excited about turning eighteen because not only could I legally drink I could also get a tattoo.
However, when the time came I kept coming up with different reasons so I just kept putting off, a year later now turning nineteen I finally sucked it up and I got my first tattoo.
Here are 3 things you should know before getting a tattoo.
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It doesn’t always have to mean something If you like it, get it.
One of the reasons why I always seemed to put off getting a tattoo was that I just didn’t know what I wanted. I spent months on Pinterest saving tattoo ideas but never actually picking one because I always had the thought that it had to mean something to me.
Now I’m not saying that you should go into a tattoo parlour get something completely stupid that you will regret later on in life, but if you like for example a symbol of some sort and would like to get a tattoo of it then go for it.
While it would be amazing if you could get a tattoo that means something to you and reflects on who you are and your background, don’t let this stop you from getting something that you genuinely like just because it doesn’t have a deep meaning behind it.
Research, Research, Research.
This is quite an obvious one but do your research, as much as you’ll be excited to get a tattoo don’t to be impatient and take your time choosing the right place and artist.
The most amazing thing about the internet is that it allows you to do the research and find out what you need from literally anywhere so why not use it?
Look at reviews, look at the work that the artist does, go into the tattoo shop not only to speak to them but to scoop out the shop and make sure that it’s sanitary enough and most importantly, make sure that you’re comfortable with where you’re going and with the artist that is doing the work.
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Get ready, it hurts.
Apart from not knowing what I wanted to get tattooed, I was also put off by the rumour that getting a tattoo hurt so much.
I would love to tell you that getting a tattoo doesn’t hurt at all because honestly, it does, but one thing I can say is that it doesn’t hurt that much. I say this as someone with average pain tolerance and I can say that I did not find getting a tattoo as painful as i thought it was, one thing I can describe it as is annoying pain- something that isn’t painful but it’s annoying that it’s there… I don’t know if that makes sense.
If you’re someone who has a low pain tolerance it would be good to note that there are places which hurt more than others (feet, rib etc) and obviously the bigger the tattoo the bigger the chances that it will hurt.
With these tips, I hope I’ve helped your decision making in getting a tattoo. Feel free to comment and share any tips for getting a tattoo.