We all think about getting one from time to time. But if you do one day decide to take the plunge, here are 5 important things you must consider:
Contemplating whether something will be meaningful to you in the long run is an incredibly difficult thing to do. As people, it's only natural for our likes and dislikes to change with time, which is why you have to be extremely sensitive and cautious when it comes to selecting a tattoo. It's a lifetime commitment. While you might be head-over heels in love with your partner, or totally on the same level with your best friend, it's never a good idea idea to have the names of friends or partner's tattooed on your body. You may seriously regret it.
Depending on their experience, some tattoo artists charge extreme amounts for just one small tattoo. Make sure you know that this is what you before making the investment. The cost of removing it is equally, if not more expensive.
If the career path you're looking at contains the standard formalities, then it's best that you stay away from tattoo's on the face, neck, forearms or hands. Basically the areas that will be exposed when you're wearing uniform/work clothes. Although it may seem shallow for people to be prejudiced against those that have tattoos, if you want to get ahead in the professional world, facial tattoos will generally prevent you from gaining the level of respect you deserve.
4. Pain Tolerance
If you're the sort of person that winces when someone else brushes your hair, then you're probably not cut out for getting a tattoo. While tattoos on the legs or arms are painful, they're not as painful as nervy areas like the neck, thighs, chest, or other areas of the body where the skin is delicate. If you don't think you'll be able to deal with the pain, then don't consider it. You don't want to end up with a tattoo that's half finished.
5. The tattooist's experience
Robby from next door may say that he has a tonne of experience with doing people's tattoo's, but don't believe it until you see it. Ask to see photograph's of former work and reviews to see if former customers were satisfied. If the tattooist doesn't really know what they're doing, then you could be in for a disaster.