When it comes to tattoo advice, you can’t really get enough. Why? . . . because your tattoo decision is permanent and you will regret the tattoo if the size is wrong, location is bad, art is poor, and so on. Sometimes when you have a big decision to make you need advice from people who have gone through a similar situation. It this case, you need information or help deciding. . .
- if you should get a tattoo?
- when you should get at tattoo?
- where should you put a tattoo?
- what will your tattoo be?
- what are the most popular tattoos?
- where should I go for a tattoo?
- how much will I pay for my tattoo?
This advice is for the FIRST TATTOO, after you’ve had one and don’t hate it after a couple of years, you can do whatever you want, but consider this as a starting point for consideration. The “if and when” you should get a tattoo are the biggest questions. Shoulditatttoo.com (and the associated books) are an attempt to answer the “if”, and the “when” is after you have all of your questions answered and you’ve reflected on what you’ve learned.
Location, location, location?
Tattoo locations considerations page will go over what to consider in terms of barriers that may exist to employment and you future earning power. A big location issue is whether the tattoo is more for you or the public. If the tattoo is for you, place where It can be seen by you. If the tattoo is for the public, consider why you want a tattoo for the public, an what statement you want to make.
What should the tattoo design be?
Avoid trendy tattoos, they are the ones most regretted, and laser tattoo removal clinics see most. For example, the woman’s lower back tattoo (tramp stamp) and the Chinese symbols are some of the most regretted tattoos because at one point “everyone” had one and a tattoo is supposed to unique . . . like the person. In other words, if you see a tattoo you like on someone else, you probably shouldn’t get it.
Where to put the tattoo?
Studies have shown that people regret upper body tattoos more that lower body tattoos, and prefer back of the body tattoos to front. Names still head the list of most regretted tattoos whether they are spouses, parents, children, or anyone else. Getting a tattoo is response to a death is also a very bad idea, and will lead to remorse that will last far beyond the grieving process.
Where to go?
Only go to an approved tattoo parlor with evidence of valid health inspections. Make sure they use sterile techniques and that all of the equipment is properly sterilized with an autoclave.
When it comes to your body, you do not want to skimp on cost. After all you will be looking at this tattoo for the rest of your life. Like doctors, tattoo artists specialize in different genres and theme. Some are great with abstract, while others are better at realistic designs. Find an artist that specializes in the theme you want. That may cost more, but you are less likely to regret your choice.