If you are thinking of getting your boyfriend’s name tattooed on your back, take a look at this article first.
Deciding to get a tattoo for the first time can be a very difficult step to take. One sees how beautiful tattoos are on other bodies and imagines what it would be like to be a canvas for an artist to leave his mark there. It is then when that mark for posterity generates doubts and fears, which are very common among those who have never had a tattoo. Therefore, here we share some tips to help you relax and make the decision to take the first step and introduce yourself to the wonderful culture of tattooing.
Plan well what design you are going to tattoo for the first time
If you have never had a tattoo yet, surely in your head you have already imagined millions of times how the tattoo you dream of would look on your body. To have the necessary security when sitting in front of the tattoo artist, you must have confirmed and reconfirmed in your head what will be the motive or drawing that you want to get tattooed.
You must have studied it many times. You must have printed and analyzed it on paper. Its colors, its size and the letters or phrase that you are going to tattoo, in case it includes those characters.
You can search the Internet for similar tattoos to see how they look on other people. Take the opportunity to ask friends and family what they think about your idea. There is nothing wrong with thinking and rethinking our design. It may even be that our first idea is not the best and that we can improve it after listening to other opinions.
Often times, it is best for first timers to request a design with only one ink, especially black. This is because, in case you regret the tattoo in the future, the black color is the easiest to remove using the laser technique.
If you are going to decide to get your first tattoo, it will be important that you have complete assurance that you are convinced of what you are doing.
Choose the correct area of your body
It is a reality that a tattoo will be more or less painful depending on the area of the body in which we do it. Where there is less muscle mass there will be the most painful place to be tattooed. And the closer to a bone the tattoo artist works, the more pain you will feel. The most painful places are the groin, wrists, rib cage, eyelids, calves, feet, knees and, of course, the tongue.
Therefore, if you are going to get a tattoo for the first time, it is best to avoid the areas mentioned above.
Before getting a tattoo you must pass the allergy test. In this procedure, the tattoo artist will be able to assess whether the client can tolerate the pain that his work will cause him before beginning to leave a mark on the skin. And even if you really want to get that tattoo, it is always better to listen to the voice of reason and experience. Likewise, the tattoo artist may also offer you soothing creams to mitigate the sensation of pain.
Choosing the right tattoo artist
When a person decides to get a tattoo for the first time, they are exposing one of the most important and largest organs of their body : the skin.
A virgin skin is a true blank canvas. And for that, it is always better to hand it over to a true artist. It’s true, no tattoo artist was born with experience. Everyone has ever had a tattoo for the first time. But it is not ideal for an inexperienced tattooist to give a first-time client their first tattoo.
Tattoo studios offer the work of their artists on the Internet so that they can be appreciated. Ideally, a person who has never had a tattoo before is to find an artist who works the same style of tattoo that they are looking for.
In the first appointment, known as an “informational appointment“, the client must ask the tattoo artist all the necessary questions to clear up any doubts he may have.
A good tattoo artist will know how to guide you to decide if the design you have in mind is the right one to get started in the wonderful culture of tattooing. The best way to enter this world is to do it through a professional.
Another important point regarding the tattoo artist is the workplace that they offer us. A responsible professional will have the personal sanitary hygiene certificate and will also ensure that the study has the relevant sanitary licenses.
The great offers in premises that do not present these certifications will cease to be offers and will become a danger, since the client will be exposed to unnecessary risks.
1. Don’t get a tattoo on something you’ve seen on Instagram or Tumblr.
Unless you want to meet twenty other girls on the subway with the same infinity sign on their wrist, give it imagination and personality: invent your own.
2. Contact the tattoo artist you like and ask for help.
If you are still not very clear about what, you do not know how to draw it or you simply want an expert to advise you, find your favorite tattoo artist and hold on to him as if he were a teddy bear. The worst and most painful hours of your life will be spent by his side, so surely you will bond.
3. Beware of allergies.
If you have an allergy to certain beauty products, you may also be allergic to tattoo ink. Many of its components are the same as those contained in some makeup products. You should consult your dermatologist before it is too late.
4. Don’t skimp on your tattoo.
Nobody said getting a tattoo was cheap, and that’s something you need to keep in mind. If you want something done by your cousin’s friend, who’s just started working as a tattoo artist, the cool, cheap idea may end in tears. Nobody likes to spend their salary on this, but if it’s going to last you a lifetime, you better get it right, right?
5. Don’t try to haggle.
If you’re on the trail or in New York’s China Town, it’s okay. But negotiating with professional tattoo artists is like doing it with the El Corte Ingles salesman: impossible.
6. Approach the store earlier.
That the place is hygienic and clean, the staff friendly and does not look like a dive. You should also ask him to show you his tattooist license to make sure you are in the best hands. Do not be shy and ask all the doubts you have, so that it does not happen like with haircuts: if you do not open your mouth, you will end up with Victoria Beckham’s asymmetric cut from 2007. But, unlike this hair problem, the tattoo it will not fade over time.
7. I know you will anyway, but just in case we warn you: don’t ask if it’s going to hurt.
That you’re nervous, okay. But asking your tattoo artist if he will hurt you is rather absurd. He is not painting your nails, but injecting ink under your skin. So before you go, take a breath and accept it: more or less, but it will hurt.
8. You can get tattoos anywhere on your body.
Yes, there too.
9. You are not allowed to soak in water or sunbathe for two weeks.
If you are thinking of doing the summer madness and tattooing something that reminds you of that idyllic and heavenly place you are in, think twice when to do it. If you still have days of sun and beach, wait until you are away from the sea or you will suffer the consequences.
10. Erasing a tattoo hurts much more than any tattoo.
If you are in doubt about whether to get a tattoo or not, wait. You can always do it in the future when you have it clearer. But, if instead, you don’t do it and end up tattooing a pink donut around your navel, when after 5 or 10 years you find it horrible, you will have no other option other than the painful laser.
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