Today you are giving serious thought to getting a tattoo. Before you get a tattoo here are 11 tips before you begin the process or reminders for repeaters.
- Stop and think and know exactly what you want. Love want you have chosen. Do not make an impulsive decision which may bring delayed regrets. The permanent style will be on the skin for many years. Regrets and removal is painful and an expensive undertaking.
- Select a professional and skilled tattoo artist. Ask for personal referrals. Meet with the artists that are being considered. Choose the person which you feel very confident and comfortable and has a sincere interest in your requests.
- Check with state and local health departments for licensing and credentials
- Research the types of styles and find the artist that is skilled and specializes in your interest.
- Bring photos or other types of pictures to help the artist understand what you want. The artist will probably have suggestions for best placement on the body. Do not hesitate to speak up to prevent any mistakes. Never feel intimated by the artist.
- Follow instructions for care and maintenance of your new artwork. This may take two to three weeks of immediate care in order to have long lasting and attractive tattoos.
- Be still and quiet during the process. The artist is at work; do not disturb. Bring a portable player for music or movies to help you relax.
- No alcohol before as it will effect your judgment. During the tattooing process, after the tattoo is done, and for an additional three days of healing avoid alcohol consumption as it will cause bleeding, possible infections, and poor healing results.
- Eat nutritionally good meals before the process. The body will need the good food and the energy for the total process.
- Select tattoo artist wisely. Talk to people with tattoos and get referrals, online, magazines, and visiting local shops to check for hygiene, overall attitude of people in the shop. Talk with prospective artists.
- Tattoos are an investment. Spend your money for quality work. Never price shop. Too many people have been disappointed with the results.
There are many styles of tattoos. Here is one of many which may help you to make a decision.
Styles of Tattoos list gathered from “Different Tattoo Styles” You Tube, I am Kristianna. She has illustrations of the different styles.
- Black and Gray
- New School
- Bio mechanical
- Neo traditional
- Neo Japanese
- Trash plka
- Black work
- Dot work
- Water color
- Sketch work
This list is a starting point. Your selection is going to last a life time. It is worth the effort and research to make the best decision to avoid regret and the expenses of removal. It has been my experience to be careful of symbols and foreign lettering. Acquire knowledge of these two areas to also avoid dreadful mistakes.
Summary: Research, talk to people with tattoos asking for their opinions and experiences. Who would they recommend. Check for legal licensing and cleanliness and hygiene of their business locations. Interview, ask questions, share your ideas and thoughts, and trust your tattoo artist.