8 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Tattooed

info for clients Dec 28, 2020

Getting a tattoo should not be an impulse action. The small or large piece of art is going to be on your body for the rest of your life, so you should carefully consider some tattoo tips before sitting down in the chair. Here are some of my very best advice for those who want to get a tattoo:

1. Know What You Want

Times do change, you will change, but the tattoo will be the same year after year, so it’s not like cutting your hair that grows out again. The ink is incredibly tricky and expensive to get rid of if you regret it one day.

Trends come and go, but a tattoo is permanent!

The first of my tips is to be patient in your quest for your tattoo. Do not decide impulsively on the first and “best” image you find. When choosing a motive, the possibilities are many. If you choose a finished drawing (also called flash), chances are enormous for more people to have the same. Are you looking for something special (custom), take your time to find an artist that has a style that you love. Always ask to have a look at the work that the artist has made. Now, most artists have galleries on Instagram. 

It’s widespread to choose a motive a bit too small the first time, which is very easy to regret. I usually say that the tattoo shrinks mentally after a while because you get used to it. Most then wish it was bigger. Dare to think a bit bigger right away, choose a size that looks pretty on the body part you want to decorate, and don’t be afraid to listen to the artist when it comes to the size.

Another important thing is never to let anyone else influence you too much at the choice of either subject or size. It’s your body and your tattoo, so you decide. But the tattoo artist, of course, has more experience about what is physically possible and what lasts. And the smaller you take, the fewer details you can have in it.

2. Think About The Placement.

Most people who know what they want to get also know where they want it. The first thought you receive is usually the best one for you. Select a location that feels right for you. Think about if you want it to be visible for everyone, or just for yourself, front or back of the body, symmetrical or not, big or small, etc.

I recommend keeping away from your throat, hands, and face if you don’t have that many tattoos yet. Such a placement usually does not fit for young people who may not have found the way of life yet. Even though we are experiencing an ever-increasing acceptance of heavily tattooed people in Scandinavia, it’s not necessarily so everywhere in the world. One can experience on foreign trips that tattoos are still stigmatized and face many prejudices. At worst, you will not get out of the airport.

3. Don’t Listen To Everyone’s Tattoo Advice

As a first-timer or a tattoo virgin, as we call it, it is easy to ask friends, or even a Facebook group for advice, tips, and suggestions. Please do not ask people for advice on tattoos. It is YOUR body, your tattoo, your money. And it is the tattoo artist that is tattooing you, helping you create the design, finding the perfect placement, the right size, and teaching you the aftercare instructions. Not everyone should give tattoo advice just because they have a tattoo. It could be very dangerous if they should give you the wrong tips. They are not professional Tattoo Artists.

4. Choose The Right Artist For YOU!

First and foremost, when you know what you want to get tattooed on your body, you need to find the tattoo artist who does your style the best. Ask around a little and find an artist you feel comfortable to book. But remember that even if your friend is super happy with their tattoo, it does not guarantee that you will be as satisfied if that tattoo artist isn’t a specialist in the style you want.

Of course, many factors make your favorite artists, such as personality, location, drawing skills, or good reputation, but whoever you decide to go to, make sure the artist works at a well-established studio and follows the regulation laws.
Don’t be fooled by a friend of a friend who tattoos at home; it will most likely result in problems. If you go to an inexperienced tattooer, you may end up with Hepatitis, HIV, MRCA, Syphilis, Tuberculosis, ugly infections, or, at best, a nasty tattoo that is difficult and expensive to remove.

5. Don’t Let The Price Rule Your Choice!

One essential piece of advice: Don’t measure quality within time. A good artist is significant, as they have full control over what they are doing. To be proud of your new tattoo will linger on long after the price. You can, of course, inquire about the costs of different studios as this may vary. We often measure the worth of tattoos by time, size, and detail. For larger projects, one can usually agree on hourly rates. From an artistic point of view, money should not be the deciding factor when tattooing lasts a lifetime.

6. Tattoo Preparations 

If you easily faint, have Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disease, or other conditions you are unsure of, let the artist know about this BEFORE. Do not get tattooed if you are Pregnant or Breastfeeding. Marijuana, Pills, Alcohol, and Chemicals do not belong in your body when getting tattooed; on the other hand, a good meal, personal hygiene, and clothing that exposes the tattoo area is an excellent way to prepare. Feel free to bring a chocolate bar, banana, or soda so that you can get your blood sugar up if you feel the need. If you are ill, you should wait until you are healthy, because then the tattoo process and the healing process will go much better.

7. Yes, Tattoos Hurt!

The ink is stabbed with needles about 2 mm into the skin. The stabbing hurts a bit depending on where on your body you’re getting it. However, the pain difference is so individual that you should have yours done wherever you want it. How bad it does hurt varies from person to person and from place to place on the body. Most are positively surprised at how little pain it is with what they had believed. A little personal advice: If you feel the need for a numbing creme, first, you should ask the artist if they are comfortable tattooing you when numb. Then I would recommend Dr. Numb for the best numbing effect.

8. The Tattoo Is An Open Wound!

The last one, but not the least of my tips: Avoid direct sunlight, solarium, bath, saltwater, chlorine water, etc. at least 3-4 weeks. Do not scratch and touch the tattoo throughout the healing process. Be extra careful near children or animals that can come close to you, scratch, or spread bacterias. I highly recommend my favorite Aftercare product, TattooMed, for taking the best care for it.

So, those were my eight most important pieces of advice. Do you have any advice for first-timers? Or do you have a question related to this?

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