So you’ve decided to get inked. Now, you must make a few important decisions. Decisions that you will live with for the rest of your life.
Your first decision is probably the most important, the actual design of the tattoo. Your design should be something that is very important to you and something that you can live with forever. Do not get ANYONES name tattooed on you . The exception here is your child’s name, of course. Think about the size of the tattoo and the amount of color that you prefer. For a first tattoo, you should think relatively small (you can always add to the design) and a small amount of color. Unfinished tattoos are ugly and embarrassing. You can design the tattoo yourself or pick off of the parlor’s walls or tattoo books.
The second decision that you must make is the place on your body that you would like to tattoo. This is a personal preference and varies depending on your lifestyle. If you work or plan to work in a professional environment, you will probably want to be tattoed in discreet part of your body. The back or upper arm are always a good choice. If you have a job where tattoos are acceptable…anything goes. The exception: Your face.
The final choice to make: The tattoo parlor/artist. If you can, get recommendations from other people in the area. When you go to a shop, request to look at the artist’s portfolio. Portfolio’s include the best of their work. If you do not like what you see, chances are this is not the place/artist for you. Examine the tattoo area and their equipment. All the needles should come in packaging and are never reused. Artist’s generally remove the equipment from the packaging in front of the customer. If you do not feel comfortable with the cleanliness of the shop or equipment, do not feel pressured to stay. Prices will vary according to the size of the tattoo, amount of color and the time it will take. Most artists start at no less than $50 no matter what the size/color of the tattoo.
Now that you have made all of the very important decisions, it is time to get your first tattoo!