Fun, creative, rebellious, many people love getting tattoos and use them as a platform for self-expression. Tattoos can be satisfying both physically while looking at them and mentally when you consider the journey to get them. With that being said, here are some things to consider before getting a tattoo.
Be careful but, not afraid
A lot of people are hesitant to get a tattoo because they keep thinking about how much pain they will be in while getting one. They also worry about how it will look and are afraid that if it’s ugly, they will be scarred for life. Yes, tattoos hurt but there are ways to manage the pain that can be researched online or by asking your tattoo artist. You can also start small to gauge the skill of your artist and pain threshold before going for a bigger tattoo.
Think about the meaning
Before getting a tattoo, think very carefully about the meaning. Many people just rush to get a tattoo and find out later on that it means something completely different from what they thought. It is also important to ask yourself why you are getting a tattoo and ensure that you are not just rushing into it.
Consider the cost
Cheap tattoos come at a price and can lead to various problems that include infections and subpar designing. Before you get a tattoo, you should think about the cost and ensure that you have enough money to pay for a well-experienced and reputable artist.
Where do you want to put it?
The location is very important when getting a tattoo and this could either make or break things for you. Think twice before you get a tattoo in a place that could either cost you a job because you cannot cover it up or could make you appear cheap and less classy (e.g., lower back tattoos have garnered quite the reputation among those who shun tattoos as something which people who are wild and reckless get). In addition to this, some tattoos might be too big for the location you choose, and you could end up with a very awkward-looking half done tattoo if you are not careful.
Is it worth it?
In addition to being expensive, tattoos are permanent and getting a tattoo removed is worse than having it inked in. Many people ignore this fact and are left having to live the rest of their lives with tattoos they do not like. Before getting a tattoo, consider whether or not it is really worth it and if you are not 100% sure you want one, it is best that you wait for a while to consider your options.
Tattoos can be less than fun if they are not well thought out and it is very important that you take your time and consider the pros and cons of getting a tattoo before making a rushed decision you will regret in the future. Once you are ready, explore your options and then seek a reputable artist, you can then go out and confidently get that tattoo you’ve been dreaming of.