Your First Tattoo
Your first tattoo is a big decision because you have a world of possible choices and outcomes. If you’ve wandered around this site enough, you already know the basic theme is “put a lot of thought and research into your tattoo.” But here the message is different, if this is your first tattoo . . .PUT a TON of thought and research into your decision.
Your first tattoo is not something you want to do on a whim, impulse, dare, or any other situation other than calm, sober reflection and thought about the process, outcome and ramification. You really should think of it as a medical procedure because it does have medical and social consequences.
Think about your body and whether it lends itself to a tattoo. . .some do and some do not. Review the major issues in the photo reel below, and then add a comment to the blog. But remember, your tattoo will be permanent and you will need to explain it to whomever sees it for many years to come.
Think about the location and whether any jobs you would want have regulations against visible body art. . . many do. Do a search of companies related to where you want to work. It is better to know now than find out later a simple tattoo on your neck will keep your from working at the biggest employer in your town.
Quite a number of people have tattoos, so talk to them about their experiences, thought processes, happiness’s, and regrets. Don’t just talk to people your age, talk to someone 5 years older, 10 years older, 20 years older, and up and get their take on what has happened to them over the years.
Listen to their answers.
What to stay away from . . .
Remember to stay away from wild colors for your first tattoo as they are much more difficult to laser off. Go with black and small initially. Think about your skin and whether you heal well or scar easily because that will impact you tattoo as well. Avoid trying to improve on your good body assets as you may make them worse. And avoid putting a tattoo on your bad body assets as you will bring attention to them.
Play close attention to the cleanliness of the tattoo parlor and whether they are watching closely not to contaminate anything, and that each item is unwrapped in front of you indicating that they are sanitary. Look for inspection certifications and their process for tracking inks in case of a mass contamination.
Please stay away from the face, neck, ankles, and hands unless your COMPLETELY POSITIVE you want to do it. Obvious tattoos are the ones that people regret the most. Avoid names, trendy topics, fads, or TV show themes. Twenty years from now, they will know exactly when you got it.
Scroll through the slide show below and leave a comment. And remember, these are just SUGGESTIONS, we all know people with tattoos in many occupations (waiters, models, etc.), but for the FIRST tattoo, the suggestions below are still valid as modeling agencies, high-end restaurants and more do restrict tattoos. Good luck!!!