Planning to get a tattoo? If so, chances are you’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Before you get inked, take into consideration the following:
Ensure Only High Quality Equipment and Materials are Used
Selecting a top local shop that uses quality materials from a reputable tattoo supply company will help your tattoo look its best and brightest. You’ll also reduce the risk of infection while ensuring a beautiful, long-lasting design that inspires envious stares of appreciation. Any tattoo shop with its salt will be more than happy to answer your questions about where they get their materials and equipment.
Listen to Recommendations … Then Follow-up
If you’re not sure where to begin, try asking someone who already has a tattoo where they had it done and whether or not they would recommend the shop. But don’t stop there: you should also visit area shops and speak directly with their working artists.
Evaluate the space for cleanliness and don’t be afraid to ask about their sanitation practices. Then, follow up on your visits by making some quick calls to your local Board of Health and Better Business Bureau offices. Consumer complaints and cleanliness violations shouldn’t be taken lightly – and you definitely don’t want to find out the hard way that your new tattoo is less than perfect.
Consider the Location
Once you’ve selected an artist, think carefully about your chosen design and where you’d like it placed. Some areas hurt more than others – having a tattoo applied near your ankle typically hurts more than having one applied to your bicep, for example – so if pain is a concern, select an area that’s well padded. Other painful areas include the feet as well as behind the ear and neck.
You’ll also want to think about whether or not you want the tattoo exposed all the time – or just some of the time. Ladies, imagine getting married. How will you feel about those delicate shoulder butterflies if your chosen gown is strapless? If you’re cringing, consider a new location. Gentlemen, if your future career entails a white collar, perhaps the neck tattoo isn’t the wisest choice. The point is, tattoos are permanent; make sure you love the location.
Proper Aftercare is Key
Caring for your tattoo properly following its application is essential. Your artist will provide you with clear instructions; follow them to the letter and you won’t be disappointed. Most important is not removing the bandage before the prescribed time limit – even taking a quick peek allows the invasion of harmful bacteria – and not picking or scratching at the wound. These actions could ruin your new tattoo, so stay strong!
Remember, you get what you pay for. Good tattoos are often expensive, and after all, they become part of you forever. Real artists embrace custom designs and will work with you to make sure you’re satisfied with the look before it’s applied. Finally, express your appreciation by leaving your artist a generous tip. Think restaurant guidelines – at least 15 percent, possibly more – and say thank you. When it comes to tattoos, common sense and courtesy go a long way.