Getting your first tattoo is exciting and memorable. There was a time when getting a tattoo was considered to be taboo, and something only criminals or delinquents did. Tattoos weren’t respectable. Cut to 2021, getting inked is the hottest trend. 

Getting inked and the process leading up to that can be intimidating. Especially because tattoos are permanent. It’s like putting a piece of art on your body that will stay there for the rest of your life. Thus, getting inked cannot be a spur-of-the-moment decision that you take impulsively or when you’re drunk.

Around 23 percent of all Americans have at least one tattoo. Getting inked has become increasingly common and it is a popular trend that is here to stay for generations to come. 

As we said, getting inked is a permanent decision unless of course, you pay thousands of dollars to get it removed by laser. It is necessary to take time and carefully consider your decision and choice of art. Getting inked is worth more than a few minutes of serious thought, it should be an informed decision. 

In today’s article, we’ve covered the things to keep in mind before getting inked. Read on for dos and don’ts. 

Things to keep in mind before getting a tattoo 

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1.Think carefully about your decision of getting inked.

As we said, tattoos are permanent. WE cannot stress enough about why you shouldn’t take tattoo decisions lightly. It is not a spur-at-the-moment choice, it is an informed decision and more like a commitment. 

Before you sit on the chair, it is necessary to think your tattoo design through. While a beautiful and meaningful tattoo decision could bring you joy forever, you better be sure before putting a person’s name on your skin. With that being said, an impulsive or half-hearted tattoo design could torment you forever. And, that is something you should avoid. 

Yes, tattoo removal is always a possibility but it is 10 times more painful and expensive than getting inked in the first place. Thus, it’s better to take time and think about the tattoo now than to regret it later.

2.Research

Similar to the last point, one of the most important things to keep in mind before getting inked is to be thorough with research. Go on the internet, or even better, talk to friends who have gotten tattoos in the past. You should pick a tattoo that is meaningful and symbolic to your life. It should bring you joy when you look at it. Thus, it’s important to be thorough with research. Check whether the style of tattoo you want is compatible with the part of the skin you’ve chosen to get inked. 

Before setting the day of getting inked, consult your tattoo artist beforehand and go for a consultation session. Talk to them about the design of the tattoo and whether they will be able to attempt it. Make sure that your tattoo artist understands what you want. 

3.Safety

Even though getting inked is a popular trend and is in fashion currently, remember that your safety comes first. Different countries have different legalizations for tattoo artists. Some states require tattoo artists to be licensed whereas other states need the tattoo shops to be registered with the local health department. 

Before picking a tattoo place, check whether they comply with the local health laws of your state and also check the facilities of the tattoo place thoroughly. The tattoo shop you decided to get inked in should be squeaky clean, they should follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines, your tattoo artist should use new fresh needles and prepare fresh ink. Also, don’t forget to ask for sterilization of the skin where you are getting the tattoo inked. 

4.Prepare before getting inked

The day before you decide to finally get inked, prepare yourself mentally. Get a good night’s sleep the night before. You will be required to sit in the chair for quite some time, so make sure you are hydrated and your stomach is full. More than battling the physical pain, getting inked is a mental game. Once you prepare yourself well mentally, it won’t hurt or scare you as much. If you need snacks, make sure you carry them with you. You shouldn’t suffer from low blood sugar during getting inked. 

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5.Listen to your tattoo artist

As we said, getting inked is like a commitment that also involves several aftercare steps. Your tattoo will take about two to three weeks to heal depending upon the length and intricacy of the design. During the healing period, the tattooed skin is like an open wound. And, you will need to be very careful to avoid infection. Thus, you should listen to your tattoo artist when he/she tells you about the aftercare procedure. 

In this case, your tattoo artist knows you the best. So, don’t hesitate to listen to whatever piece of advice they give about getting inked.

6.You might need touch-ups in the future

Some areas of the body, especially where the cells replenish will require touch ups. Any part of the skin which is exposed to the sun, chlorine water will need touch ups. In fact, over the years, most tattoos fade and require a touch-up session. If you want your tattoo to look the best, getting a touch-up session is crucial. 

Most tattoo places do touch-ups for nominal charges, however, you should check in with your tattoo place regarding their specific policies. 

7.Tattoo pain

Yes, getting inked does hurt. We wouldn’t lie to you. But, look on the bright side. The beauty of the artwork can definitely be worth more than the pain. Everyone’s threshold for pain is different, so we can’t give you an estimate on how much it will hurt. However, here are some general rules of thumb when it comes to getting inked: sensitive places like the sides of your torso, inner thighs, or your armbands will hurt more, and getting inked directly over the bone could be painful too. 

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Here were all the things to keep in mind before getting inked. Hope you have a wonderful first tattoo experience.