Millions of people around the world make the decision each year to get a tattoo. A popular pastime that started over 6,000 years ago, it’s looking like this trend will continue as the years go on. 

If you’re thinking about getting your first tattoo, there are several things that you’ll want to consider ahead of booking in an appointment. Confirming that it’s the right decision for you not only in the present but in the future, you’ll feel more confident in your choice.

The Commitment 

The first thing to consider is the commitment that comes with getting a tattoo. You don’t want to be stuck with a bad tattoo that you regret and want to get removed, therefore, it’s vital that you’re aware of the commitment before you opt to have one. 

A tattoo is forever – and even though you can, of course, get them lasered off, it’s good to realise that the process isn’t easy. The moment that you walk out of the studio you’ll have to grow accustomed to the new item that’s on your body. Which is why it’s so important that you choose a design that you know you’ll still like in many years to come. 

Spend some time comparing and contrasting different designs, asking your family or friends what they think and determine how big you want it to be. You might even find that over time you no longer like the original design that you had your heart set on.

The Placement 

Following on from the above, another key thing to consider is where you will place the tattoo on your body. This will, of course, depend on how big you want it to be – as some may limit you as to where you can have them (e.g if you want a huge tattoo, then you’ll most likely have to have it on your front or back). The placement goes much further than personal preference, however.

For some careers, it might not be thought of as professional to have large tattoos exposed. Unfortunately, many people still won’t hire people in more professional capacities if they are covered with them. Also, it’s good to avoid any offensive tattoos – as you don’t want to upset the wrong people over the years. 

The placement will also affect how painful it is to get a tattoo. Even though many artists will use skin numbing cream, it’s still quite a painful experience for many. So, it’s a good idea to read into which areas are deemed to be the most painful before agreeing to the placement. 

Where You Get it Done

Next, you’ll want to consider where you get your tattoo done. It might be easy to opt for the first tattoo shop that you find online because it offers cheap prices. 

But often cheaper prices mean a poorer service – something that you definitely should avoid when getting a permanent tattoo. Spend some time looking at different studios and pay attention to the quality of their work. 

The Timing 

It’s important to know that timing will play a large part in when you can get a tattoo done. Typically, a tattoo artist will recommend that you stay out of sunlight and chlorinated water for at least 6 weeks after getting the tattoo. 

This is to ensure that the tattoo heals properly and that none of the colour fades from it. If you’re planning on getting a tattoo before going on holiday, you should listen to their advice and cover the tattoo if possible. 

The Cost 

Unfortunately, tattoos aren’t cheap. This is not only because it takes skill and time to create a high-quality tattoo design, but because the ink isn’t the cheapest thing to buy. Therefore, you’ll want to enquire how much a tattoo will cost with several different studios before you take the leap and agree to it.

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