So you're thinking of making your first tattoo. What are you doing next? Well, it's better not to rush to the nearest tattoo parlor, point to a random drawing and wait to see your new masterpiece.
Here are five vital decisions you must make before continuing.
1) Do you really want a tattoo?
A tattoo is a lifetime commitment, so you need to be absolutely 100% sure that you want one. You may think that it is the best thing in the world today, but will you feel the same in 10 years, 20 years or even 50 years?
Okay, tattoo removal technology is improving all the time, but it's still time consuming, expensive and painful. So, for the moment, it's better to assume that your tattoo will be for life.
2) Tattoo Design
Once you have decided that you absolutely want a tattoo, the next step is to choose the design you want. There are hundreds of tattoo categories to choose from, including dragon, flower, butterfly, angel, sun, etc. The choice is endless.
Most tattoos are made from predefined templates. It's just a case of choosing the one you want (some are free, but the best ones cost up to $ 20) and take it to your chosen tattoo artist.
So visit a number of tattoo related websites, take a look at tattoo design books and decide on the general type of design you want. Once you've done that, fine tune it to the design you want.
Otherwise, if you do not find exactly what you are looking for, or if you want your tattoo to be unique, you might consider getting an artist to design a custom tattoo exclusively for you.
This option is more expensive (maybe $ 200-300 and up for the design, depending on the size and level of detail), although more traditional designs will be cheaper artists will have the same. experience of designing them. However, you will have total control over the appearance of your tattoo, no one else will have the same and it will last you all your life.
Always remember that a good tattoo is not cheap, and that a cheap tattoo is
and a word of caution, unless you are not With the intention of placing your tattoo on a part of your body that you can not see (such as your back), choose something that you do not think you will have tired of looking at. The worst situation is to get a new tattoo on a very visible part of your body that you will hate in a few months.
It is also important to choose a design that will be as relevant to you in the future as it is today. This is particularly relevant when it comes to drawings that include names.
Many people get their names from their kids added to their tattoo. This is a safe option as they will always be your children. But think carefully before getting the name of your spouse or tattooed partner on your body. And if you separate in the future? Will a new partner be happy to see your ex's name on your neck?
3) Color or black?
Another consideration that is closely related to your design choice is whether it will be in color or simply black. This choice depends largely on the type of drawing you like.
But keep in mind that black tattoos tend to have more definition. Because of the contrast with your skin, they are more visible than the smoothing effect achieved by color tattoos. In comparison, color tattoos are much richer and help add more character to your chosen design, but they cost more.
4) What part of your body?
Before deciding which part of your body to get tattooed, there are three minor issues to consider. First, keep in mind the size of your chosen design. If you have put your heart on a large model, there will probably not be enough space on your hands or ankles, etc. The back, shoulders, chest and belly are better areas for larger patterns.
You want your tattoo to be? Do you want it to be on the public display most of the time, or do you want it to be more discreet? If that is the case, it is important to keep in mind your normal dress style.
It is also important to remember that some professions such as the police have strict rules prohibiting tattoos on the forearms, etc. check with your employers first.
Third, some areas are more painful than others. As a general rule, areas of your body where the flesh is thinner and more bony, such as the ankles, head and lower back, tend to be more painful. Areas less painful to tattoo include the shoulders, chest, upper arm and upper back. And because of the number of nerve endings involved, it goes without saying that more intimate areas of your body could be extremely sensitive.
The size of your tattoo will be very important measure (terrible word game!) Be determined by the place where it appears on your body. After all, a design that measures twelve square inches will not stand on the back of your hand. Large tattoos will also take longer to finish (and therefore will cost more), and will be more visible.
But do not let all this make you believe that a small tattoo is something that can be undertaken on a whim. A small tattoo is just as important as a larger drawing and will last that long.
Getting a tattoo is an important decision, so do not rush and make sure you are absolutely certain of all the above decisions before going any further.