Most people in this day and age do not like to be labeled as a virgin….of anything, so what happens when you are labeled a virgin of tattoos? You go out and get your very first one of course, but before you jump the gun and head to the nearest parlor here are a few guidelines you should keep in mind.
- This will remain on your body FOREVER, so be sure whatever you are getting inked is something you will want to look at 40 years from now and still love. Granted they have laser treatments now a days that will remove your tattoo should you hate it in the future but those treatments also cost $200 per treatment and most times you need multiple treatments. So, maybe stay away from that Beiber 4EVA! tattoo.
- Do not go into the first shop you find in the yellow pages and let them tattoo you. Tattooing is an art form and there are some really fantastic artists out there and then there are some really bad ones. Also each person’s interpretation of art is different. Find a design you want and then research tattoo places, even conduct a few interviews if you will to be sure your artist and you are a perfect fit.
- Yes, it hurts. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar. While some people’s pain tolerance is higher than others it doesn’t matter tattoos are still made with multiple needles being jabbed into your skin at the same time and repeatedly, and let us not forget the wiping away of excess ink and blood which also irritates the skin. Is the pain any reason to avoid tattoos? No Way!
- Be prepared to care for your tattoo for the next 7-10 days after getting it. You will need to apply a healing balm, sunscreen (if outdoors) and most importantly keep it clean and DO NOT scratch it. As your new ink heals it will scab over and become itchy like any wound healing, do not scratch at it nor pick the scabs you will mess the ink up.
- Be sure your body is in the best shape to heal before getting your tattoo, avoid drinking alcohol the night before or using drugs, both of these can cause ill effects while being tattooed. Alcohol thins the blood which can make you bleed more. So eat healthy the day before your tattoo and avoid drugs and alcohol as best you can.
In the end it boils down to each individual, some people will tell you that tattoos are addicting and speaking from experience I find this to be true, so be sure before you take the lifelong commitment of getting inked you really want this and the design is something you can live with forever.