I know it sounds obvious, but it still somehow needs to be said: tattoos are meant to be permanent. Sure, there are options, but when you get one, it should be with the expectation that is going to be there forever. And we want you to love it just as much 10 years from now as you do the day you get it. Some of that is up to the skill of the artist; some of that is absolutely your responsibility.
So how do you make sure you don’t regret your tattoo? Here are some things to consider, before you go under the needle.
- Research your artist. Not every artist is perfect for every tattoo. Check their online portfolio and make sure that they can deliver the tattoo that you desire. This isn’t the time to do price comparisons – a lifelong commitment that will literally be inked into your body isn’t a great opportunity to save a few bucks. Pick someone with experience, an artistry that speaks to you, and a strict adherence to the health code (because tattoos should be the only permanent memory from your visit).
- Consider how it will age. I know – your belly is nice and flat now. And maybe it always will be. But your skin will not stay the same, so it’s important to consider how the tattoo will age when your skin sags. Consider how much sun exposure it will get in your desired location, and how quickly it will fade. How much upkeep are you willing to put into keeping this work of art beautiful?
- Spell check. Yes, the posts going around Facebook are hilarious, but you really don’t want to “regret nohing”. So make sure you get a few trusted, sober eyes on your prize before it becomes part of your skin. Really pay attention to the details, because this isn’t a doodle on a notebook, this is permanent art. And you don’t need a lifetime of people telling you that you used the wrong “your” on your personal mantra across your back.
- Make sure you want it. Sounds obvious, but it doesn’t seem to be. Don’t jump on trends or pick a tattoo on a whim. This is a decision that you will be living with for a while now, so just because you think you’ll never love anything as much as you love Molson Canadian right now doesn’t mean the logo needs to be on your skin.
- Consider having it somewhere easy to hide. If it’s your first tattoo, the best way to never regret it is to have it somewhere that you can hide it if you do regret it. By all means, flaunt your ink – that’s why you got it. But your first one doesn’t have to be on your face.
Your tattoo can be a source of pride for as long as it graces your skin. Just consider it carefully before you get it, and then enjoy it. The answer isn’t to overthink it; the question is “do you love it?” If so, happy tattooing!