Tattoos are more than just a Christmas present. If you’re thinking of getting some ink this festive season or even in the New Year, there’s some things you must consider before committing to the tat.
Try Your Tattoo Before
Before getting a tattoo, you can try semi-permanent or airbrush tattoos to see how the design will look on your skin and to decide whether you will like it for a longer period of time. Tattoos are with you for life, so it’s important you are certain you want that design on your skin. Tattoo removal is costly and painful, and it would be a shame to waste an artists’ artwork.
Consider the Pain
It’s also important to consider your pain threshold. Getting a tattoo will hurt and you don’t want the tattoo artist to start and not be able to finish because you’re in too much pain. Tattooing involves lots of needles entering your skin to input ink, so it’s not for the faint-hearted. The bigger the tattoo, the more pain it likely is to cause, especially as you have to sit still in one spot for so long. Also, different parts of the body are more painful to tattoo than other sections. For the example, the ribcage is one of the most painful areas to get a tattoo, whereas the shoulder and outer arm will cause you a lot less agony.
Talk to Your Tattoo Artist
If you are wanting your tattoo artist to copy a design from the internet or from another person, they are most likely to put their own spin on the ink. If an artist copies another’s design, then it could be considered plagiarism, so your tattoo artist will have to recreate the design in their own way.
Make sure you communicate to your tattoo artist exactly what you want and don’t be afraid to say you don’t like the design. Ask the artist any questions or worries you may have – they are there to reassure you and talk you through the whole procedure.
Ensure everything in the tattoo parlour is clean and sanitised. Look up reviews for the tattoo artist before you book and check out their social media for some examples of their designs.
Consider the Health Risks
It’s important to consult your doctor if you’re worried about getting a tattoo, especially if you have a skin allergy. It’s normal for a tattoo to itch and look irritated, but if it stays red and lumpy, then you may be having an allergic reaction. Pay close attention to the tattoo and make sure you look after it correctly.
Time It Right
Make sure you time your tattoo appropriately. If you work in a fast-paced, manual job, it may be necessary to book the week off, giving your tattoo time to heal without getting anything in the wounds. Also, avoid booking your tattoo just before you go on a holiday where you’re likely to go swimming or spend time immersed in water. Submerging for long periods of time in water, whether that be in a bath or the sea, can seriously damage your tattoo and potentially cause an infection.