What You Need to Know Before You Get a Tattoo on Your Body

You can’t change your mind once you get a tattoo.

This is the most important thing to know when thinking about getting a tattoo done on yourself. Once it’s inked on, you will have it for life. Even if you hate it at first, or regret getting inked in the first place, you’ll still have to live with the same design until it fades away with age. That said, there are things that can be done to cover an unwanted tattoo without erasing its original meaning, but that’s another story altogether.

There are many factors involved in choosing what kind of design to get inked onto your skin for life. Do some research if possible before making your decision. Don’t just jump into something because a friend of yours has the same tattoo. Understand that despite its seemingly simple design, a tattoo is a real work of art with deeper meaning behind it. This is true especially for Japanese tattoos called irezumi . Many Japanese don’t just get random designs inked onto their bodies, as some people do. For them, there’s as much consideration as what you’re going to wear on your wedding day.

You should choose your artist carefully based on his or her reputation and skill level. You wouldn’t want to end up with an amateur’s sloppy handwriting scrawled across your arm instead of the name of your loved one (yes, this happens!)

Live and learn by getting something small on first like an anklet or even on the ankle. Don’t let yourself be talked into something big, like a full body suit done by an amateur just for the sake of getting your whole body inked up all at once. Have you even thought about what would happen if you turned out to hate the tattoo that covers your entire back?

You should also consider how long it will take to complete the design or project since you’ll have to take time off work and sit under the needle for hours on end. It can take up to 10+ full hours just to do one large scale piece . The size can make a huge difference too because it could mean spending years having only half the design completed! If you care more about faster results than better artwork, then go ahead and jump right in.

Expect to pay a lot of money for quality artwork. Don’t let yourself be talked into getting something cheap. Think about it: the tattoo artist needs his time and supplies too, along with having to train before mastering the trade. Otherwise you’re just exploiting his skill for your own satisfaction at a cheap price while he may have taken up an apprenticeship for 7+ years to learn how to do what he does so well today . Are you sure you want cheap artwork on your body forever? That’s a pretty big commitment!

If the tattoo artist is confident in his skills and can provide example work, then feel free to ask questions before allowing him or her access to your skin. This will help you get a good idea of what you’re getting into. Obviously, don’t be afraid to back out if anything’s unclear or you just don’t like the way it sounds!




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