1. There is a possibility you will have an allergic reaction to the tattoo ink; some people are left permanently scarred or disfigured; it’s a risk one has to take.
2. There is a Possibility you will be exposed to infection and diseases such as HIV, especially if the tattooist doesn’t change the tattoo needle after every customer like they should.
3. A tattoo can be painful to get done, depending on the person’s individual tolerance to pain. The amount of pain also varies depending on the area of your body getting tattooed. The sole of the feet for instance is renowned for being extremely tender. Imagine walking on it afterwards!
4. Aftercare can be problematic – you will need to keep the tattoo clean and well moisturised whilst it is healing. It can be itchy too. Sometimes the colour of the ink will run as the skin repairs itself; this means further re-touch ups. In other words, more money!
5. Tattoos will fade and distort over time – if you gain weight or if your skin sags as you get older, the tattoo could become unrecognisable.
6. Think about your lifestyle…do you have a respectable job with lots of career prospects? Sadly, some employers are funny about body modifications. This could have a hard hitting effect on your life in the long run – you may wish to get the tattoo in a more discreet place so you can cover it up if and when you need to.
7. Make sure you choose a design you like and will like for the rest of your life. Getting a tattoo of Mickey Mouse might seem like a good idea at the time (but perhaps not when you are 95 years old).
8. Make sure you find a reputable tattoo studio – one that is well reviewed, clean and with good, professional artists. Have a good look at the artist’s portfolio before you commit to using them – their brand will be with you for life.
9. Compare tattoo shop prices - cheap, does not mean better (but you don’t want to be paying more for a poor quality tattoo either).
10. If you regularly give blood, you might want to rethink getting tattooed – you won’t be able to donate for at least 4 months afterwards (http://www.blood.co.uk/can-i-give-blood/who-cant-g...