- Research on your tattoo design and tattoo artist and be sure of where you want the tattoo done.
- Eat well before your tattoo appointment because pain and loss of blood can cause lightheadedness and make you feel faint. Eating will also reduce your sensitivity to pain, and you will not be uncomfortable.
- Make sure your clothing is appropriate for where you plan to get your tattoo. If you want it on your arm, wear a loose sleeveless t-shirt. If you want it on your back, make sure your outfit has your back exposed and hair properly pinned up. Ink could get splattered during the process, so make sure to wear something old.
- Make sure the tattooist and their equipment are clean. This will prevent infection.
- Be patient with the healing process. It can take some time, but it’s totally worth it.
- Do not drink alcohol before your tattoo appointment. Alcohol causes blood to thin, and thinning of blood will lead to excessive bleeding.
- Do not soak it in water as it will cause the tattoo to fade very quickly.
- Do not expose it to direct sunlight. Sunburns can be painful and will ruin the appearance of the tattoo.
- No matter what, do not scratch. Not even in your sleep.
Now you know what you need to keep in mind before and after getting a tattoo. Remember, it is permanent. So, even if you have to pay a little bit more for good quality and hygiene, do not hesitate, because it will take you a long way.
If you don’t like your tattoo a few years down the line, you can cover it up. The tattoo artist will be able to camouflage your old design to give it a completely transformed look. And if you don’t want your tattoo at all, you can get rid of it through medical procedures. But that will be a painful, long, and expensive affair. The bigger your tattoo, the more money you’ll have to shell out, and the more sessions you will have to sit through. So, do give your tattoo a good thought and consider all things before getting one.
It’s your mark, it’s personal, and it’s for your memory. Own it and wear it like your badge of honor – after all, it’s now a part of you. Happy getting inked!