Thinking about getting inked? To make sure you have no ragrets (not even one letter), ask yourself these questions before heading to the tattoo parlor.
1. Will I always like this tattoo?
As cliché as it is, you do need to ask yourself if you truly love the tattoo you are about to get. If you aren’t positive, you might want to test out the design with a temporary version that easily can be purchased online.
2. Is the tattoo unique?
Trust me, there’s nothing worse then getting a “trendy” tattoo. Trends only last a short period of time, but tattoos last forever. Don’t be afraid to ask your tattoo artist for design recommendations. Tattoo artists are creative and will recommend a tattoo they can actually carry out.
3. How will Mom [Dad/Grandma/the priest you may or may not actually see every Sunday] react?
While getting inked is ultimately your decision, you probably want to steer clear of being disowned from the family or excommunicated.
4. Do I have the right tattoo artist?
Even though Jason’s tattoo artist might have done a great job on his new school octopus, your photo-realism piece could go wrong. VERY WRONG. Research the tattoo artists in your area and find one that specializes in the style of tattoo you want. Be sure the artist works in a clean and sterile environment.
5. Can I afford this tattoo?
Another area where people go wrong is trying to get a cheap tattoo. Don’t be stingy. Tattoos are art pieces and let’s face it, you get what you pay for. Also, if it’s down to groceries or a tattoo, I hope you already know which to choose.
6. Is now the right time?
If your skin is currently sunburned or if you are inebriated, now is not the right time. Sober up and make the decision when your skin is healthy. Ink takes best to healthy skin, and just remember you also shouldn’t swim with new tattoos for at least one week.
7. Where do I want to get the piece?
Are you trying to enter the professional work field? If so, you probably don’t want to get a neck or face tattoo. Pick a place that can easily be hidden if need be. Your artist can help you choose a spot that best highlights the tattoo.
8. How big do I want the tattoo to be?
The size of your tattoo determines how much detail can be included. Still, don’t let your artist force you to make the piece bigger than you feel comfortable with.
9. Can I handle the pain?
Sure, tattoos are nothing compared to childbirth but you still want to make sure you are ready to spend an hour or more with a needles repeatedly poking you. In many cases the sensation is similar to getting scratched with a paperclip, but know your pain tolerance. Don’t get a tattoo if you are afraid you won’t be able to handle the pain.
10. Why didn’t I do this sooner?
Okay, hopefully this last question will occur just after the artist has put down the tattoo gun. Congratulations, this means you have done your research and are ready to enjoy your awesome permanent art.