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Making the Decision to Get a Tattoo

Updated on May 28, 2011
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Whitney is an expert on piercings and tattoos, with experience in the body modification world.

Getting a Tattoo

When I made the decision to get my first tattoo, I made sure I knew what I wanted and why. I didn't want to get a tattoo that I would end up regretting, which is what happens to so many people- they regret at least one tattoo.

When making the decision to get your first tattoo, make sure that you're getting it for a good reason, versus just because. It's good to think about your potential tattoo and all the potential problems or complications.

  • Consider the placement of that tattoo
  • Keep in mind the image size
  • Consider the potential problems you may have with employment
  • Keep in mind your budget

You want to make sure that you're making a good decision, versus the name of your current girlfriend or boyfriend. (Getting names tattooed on your body of people who aren't blood family, is generally a bad omen.)

When getting a tattoo, you want to make sure that you're going to be happy with the way your body will look, even if it is just a small tattoo. Some people find that after getting a tattoo, they have a whole new opinion of their body, whether good or bad.

First Tattoo

Making the decision to get your first tattoo is a big step. You're probably not sure about the pain, choosing an artist, or whether you feel 100% ready for the tattoo.

First off, no one can tell you how painful the tattoo is going to be. The pain varies depending on pain tolerance and placement. Even if you're questioning a particular placement, the feeling will vary per person as to what it actually feels like.

Next, when choosing an artist, make sure to get opinions of your friends and family who have tattoos. You want to make sure that you'll be paying for what you're getting. You want high quality work, so find a reputable artist.

If there is any doubt that you may not be ready, then you're not ready and scratch the first two tips because you don't need a tattoo yet.

When I got my first tattoo, I contemplated it for at least 4 to 6 months or longer. I knew what I wanted, but I wasn't 100% positive about it. I needed that time to determine if I wanted to live with the tattoo forever. My second tattoo was in planning when the first was in planning, but it's a good idea to focus on one design at a time. Never force a tattoo idea, and never force the completion of the tattoo.

Take your time when deciding upon your first tattoo. Don't rush yourself. If you have the money today, but you're not sure if you really want the tattoo, then put the money away and hold onto it until you are ready.

For example, when I got my second tattoo, I initially just wanted the outline, but after I got the outline, I had doubts about whether I wanted to fill it in. I sat with the outline for over a year before making the decision that I did want the tattoo shaded in. Never rush into any decision that requires a permanent change to your body.


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    • Stephen Kalu profile image

      stephen kalu 

      7 years ago from Nigeria

      Tattoos are source of body beautification. They look great on human body. Nice hub

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      7 years ago from somewhere over the rainbow

      The most important things to me in getting my tattoos were placement and the art itself, i don't really want to wear something that I am going to see on everyone else, so i made sure to draw out my own tattoos, if you cant do this, consider a friend that has artistic talent, remember, you can remove a tattoo, but its more expensive than getting them, be sure you're going to want the tattoo 20 years from now ;)

      thanks for the hub, very well written

    • Angelina Baker profile image

      Angelina Baker 

      7 years ago from Sunny California

      Really helpful and insightful for someone considering getting a tattoo. I am still not sure if I am ready for the commitment but glad to get some perspective.

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      7 years ago

      i wish i would have read this before getting my first tat very well done great info well put togeather thanks for a great read

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      7 years ago from NewYork

      Tattoo i not something i would ever considered doing it the mark of beast.

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      Jeannie InABottle 

      7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is very useful for anyone considering a tattoo. There are some crazy tattoos out there. Some people never imagine they may want to work at an office and make an unwise decision at that time.

      It is really interesting that you mention people having a whole new opinion of their body after the tattoo. This is so true! My first tattoo is on my back and kind of "out of sight, out of mind." My second tattoo is on my upper arm and I do feel different about myself. I almost feel tougher with it or something. It is really funny considering it is a canary tattoo and nothing about that says hardcore. I think it is the location of the tattoo. Oh well. I still like it.

      Great hub and voted up!


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