A tattoo is a decision you will live with forever, so learning some tips for your first tattoo is definitely something you need to do before getting in the chair!
The moment I turned 18, I made an appointment to get my first tattoo, and almost six years later, I still don't regret it. That's because I did my research, and learned as many tips for my first tattoo as I could. So to help keep you from feeling regret later in life or expensive and painful laser surgery, here are 8 tips for your first tattoo!
This is one of the most important tips for your first tattoo because the wrong tattoo parlor can affect your overall health. Because there's a needle involved, you NEED to make sure you choose a parlor that's known for taking the proper health precautions to keep you safe from disease.
Ask other people you know who already have tattoos what parlor they would recommend and which artist. Every artist has a specialty, so do your research to find the one near you who's the most skilled in the design you want.
Besides your extra blood loss, this blood pushing out also makes it more difficult to push the ink in, which can mess up your design. Plus, if you're drinking, you may end up with a tattoo you thought was cool at the moment, but instantly regret in the morning.
So go look for ideas at tattoo parlors, in books, magazines and the Internet. Put together your favorites and narrow it down from there. When choosing colors, consider what will look best with your skin tone.
You can ask an experienced tattoo artist for examples of the best colors for your skin. I also find that if your tattoo means something, you won't ever regret it. Like if it represents a passion of yours or a loved one who has passed.
So make sure you check the spelling of your words over, and over again before having them inked. Also, be wary of symbols. Make sure you know exactly what the symbol you're getting means, because what you thought meant "beautiful" in Chinese could actually end up meaning "giant squid"!
For your first tattoo it's wise to skip your face, hands, forearms, ankles and neck. Also consider that tattoos on certain parts of your body will need to be touched up more frequently to keep them looking good.
Lastly, if you don't have a very high pain threshold, choose a meaty part of your body because tattoos on bony areas hurt like hell!
Thus, having a full stomach can help keep you from passing out, especially if you are a smaller girl. If you can, bring a friend or family member with you to keep you company and distract you from the pain. I had someone talking to me the entire time I had mine done, and after the first few minutes, it took my mind off the uncomfortable pain!
Also, wear comfortable and loose clothing if your tattoo is going to be under them. It will minimize the pain of having the material rub up against it later on.
If you really want to get a tattoo for someone you love, get something symbolic. You can even get a matching couples tattoo, but make sure it's something you will both want even if your relationship doesn't work out later on.
Wash your tattoo with a non-perfumed soap twice a day, dab it dry with a clean towel, and once it completely air dries, put healing ointment on. You'll also want to protect the tattoo from rubbing against anything, so keep bandages on it or let it breath while you're resting. Keep your tattoo away from direct sunlight or any chemicals such as pool chlorine.
Because of this, I recommend getting a tattoo in the colder months!
Getting a tattoo should be looked at as a lifelong commitment and treated as such. Also, once you get your first tattoo, you may want others, but try not to go overboard and think each through with the same amount of care you did your first one! What was your first tattoo of? Do you still love it or regret it?