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Getting Your First Tattoo The Right Way

Updated on October 27, 2013

First Tattoo

When you have finally came to the conclusion that you would like to take the plunge and receive your first tattoo there are a few thing that you must keep in mind before altering your body. Tattoos are a permanent way to express who you are and what you believe in. It is not to be taken lightly since this will be with you for the rest of your life.

First Consideration

Stop and think if you are going to be able to live with a permanent picture on your body. It is extremely important that you find a suitable piece of art that fits you and will not cause problems in the future. (By problems, I mean, no names of people that you are romantically involved with, nothing rude that you will catch flack on with your employers, nothing that you just think is “cool”. Any of these and I guarantee that you will regret it down the line.)

Your first tattoo should be something that reflects who you are as a person, as it is something that shows the world a piece of you. (IF you are a writer and love rock music, then maybe a pen and a music note that has been clashed together would be a good choice. Or maybe if you are a horse trainer and love butterflies, then maybe a portrait of a horse head and a butterfly as the background would be great for you.

Second Consideration

After deciding what you will be getting the next good step would be to decide where. If you have had your heart set on a specific spot and a specific tattoo, but they do not go together well, then maybe you need to wait on either the placement and get the tattoo that you wanted or wait on the tattoo and get something else in the place that you had wanted to get inked.

Placement is extremely important when getting a tattoo. Many people like it to be visible to show everyone and sport who they are, which is “normal”. However, when planning your tattoo, keep in mind what you would like to do as far as a career the rest of your life. Some employers find visible tattoos unprofessional. For example; would you like to go to traffic court with a lawyer that has a snake tattoo on their neck? Probably not.

If your work of art will be visible, make sure that it is tasteful. That it does not offend people as far as; religion, race, gender, hostile, etc. These things will prohibit you from obtaining future employment and may end up an embarrassment instead of the “cool” thing you decided to finally do.

Third Consideration

Every thing mentioned above is extremely important, but I will have to say this is the most important. REVIEW your artist’s work and work area. Do not just go to the first artist you come across. That is how many people have gotten pieces of “trash” on their body permanently.

This can cause ugly tattoos that will result in a “cover up” that are limited. Depending on the tattoo that is already there, the second one is limited due to possibility of being able to cover up the tattoo that was priory there.

Another reason to look into an artist is their work area and the way they operate. NEVER and I say NEVER trust what they say to be true. Watch someone else get work done by this artist. Reused needles and other health issues can arise and cause other permanent damage that you never signed up for. (HIV or other bodily fluid diseases can transfer very easily!!! (They must use new needles straight out of the plastic, change there gloves consistently as well as wash their hands, use unexpired ink, and most of all be experienced at the least. Most artists’ have been working for years and know what they are doing. Ask for a portfolio to prove their work)

Last Consideration

When you are prepped and ready to go, you may feel a little anxiety. This is VERY normal. Try not to think about exactly what is going on. Think about the finished product and how excited you were to arrive there to have it done. One thing that I still keep in mind when doing body alterations is, “I have felt so much worse pain and I was fine. This is going to be a piece of cake then.” And remember to follow the artist’s instructions for care after your masterpiece is done. Happy Inking!

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