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10 Things You Need To Know Before Getting A Tattoo

Tattoos are becoming more common in our youth nowadays. You expect a bit of pain while getting a tattoo. But there may be some other unexpected consequences from the ink. Whether you’re rewarding yourself for working hard in the gym or you want to express yourself through body art, committing to a tattoo is a big decision. Read this before tattooing your boyfriend’s name on your hip.

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1. A Good Tattoo Isn’t Cheap, And A Cheap Tattoo Isn’t Good.

The price of a tattoo depends on the size, area of the body you want covered, and the artist, but typically a good tattoo will cost you anywhere from P 1000.00 for a tiny design to a few month’s rent for more elaborate art.

2. Visit The Shop Before You Go Get Your Tattoo.

Check that the place looks clean, they have good artwork on the walls, the staff is friendly, and then schedule a consultation with the artist to talk about pricing and any questions you might have. You can (and should!) also ask to see the artist’s state tattoo license to make sure he or she has completed the necessary safety course on blood-borne pathogens (i.e., HIV, AIDS, hepatitis, etc.).

3. A Good Tattoo Comes Out Of Good Communication.

Don’t be shy. Most tattoo ideas are a collaboration between the customer and the artist. Let the artist know what aspects of the tattoo you’re not willing to change and where you’re flexible. Just like a haircut, if you don’t speak up, you’ll get something you didn’t want. But unlike a bad haircut, a tattoo doesn’t grow out.

4. If You’re Getting A Tattoo With Words, Proofread.

Don’t get too wrapped up in looking at a tattoo as a whole and forget to pay attention to detail. You and the tattoo artist will probably make a few edits during the sketching and stenciling process, so make sure you spellcheck after each round of edits. No one wants to be a walking typo.

5. Your Ribs, Feet, And Butt Will Hurt The Most.

So if you were planning on getting all three of those areas tattooed, maybe you should reconsider or bring along some painkillers to take after your appointment taking it before will thin your blood and possibly make you bleed more during the process.

6. Designs On Your Hands And Feet Will Fade The Fastest.

Skin regenerates more quickly on your hands and feet because you use them so much during the day, so the ink doesn’t last as long. Keep that in mind before you lay down a few hundred bucks.

7. Getting A Tattoo Is Painful.

If you’re really afraid of needles, you’ll probably still want to pass on a tattoo. But if you imagine the sensation of a tattoo as being similar to how to feels when a nurse draws blood, that’s not the case. A tattoo needle doesn’t go very deep into the skin like a shot does, but that doesn’t mean it’s pain-free either.

8. Laser Tattoo Removal Hurts.

If you can’t decide whether you want a tattoo or not, wait. You can always get one in the future. But if you get a picture of a donut tattooed around your bellybutton and decide 10 years later that was a horrible  idea, you only have one very painful option to get rid of it: laser removal, which hurts like hell and works best when removing black ink.

9. You Might Be Allergic To A Tattoo.

Sometimes the same compounds found in the pigments of tattoo ink are also found in certain makeup formulas. If you’ve had a reaction to an eye shadow pigment in the past, have your dermatologist run some tests beforehand to see what kinds of ink you should avoid.

10. Don’t Use The Internet To Looking For A Tattoo Idea.

Unless you want your tattoo to look like everyone else’s. So many feather tattoos. Go for your own style that tells your unique story.

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