So you want to get a tattoo – that’s great! But there are a few thing that you need to factor in before you’re good to go, just because you have your design ready doesn’t mean you’re all set!
1. The artist
Picking your artist is a big deal. Each artist has their own signature style, and you need to consider that when choosing where to go. If you want something specific like a dot work piece make sure to go to someone who specialises in that.
2. Picking your placement
Placement is a huge deal, and although you might think you have it all planned out, be sure to listen to your artist’s advice. Some areas are prone to stretching and friction, which could distort or damage your tattoo. Plus, some places can be hella painful, which leads me onto my next point…
3. The pain factor
You may think you know your pain tolerance, but it’s still best to err on the side of caution. The pain might be bareable for five minutes or so, but if you’ve got a big piece then you need to be able to stand it for a good few hours.
4. Time and preparation
Like I said before, tattoos can take a long time to complete and that means it can take some preparation on your part. Make sure to communicate with your artist and see what they need you to do before your appointment.
5. Remember the aftercare
Tattoos need to be cared for properly during the healing period, and there’s a lot that you probably wouldn’t realise you need to do. Read up on tattoo aftercare and always follow your artists instructions.