In order for your tattoo process to go smoothly, without any complications, it’s important to take the time to research as much as you can before you make a permanent mark on your skin.  If you don’t take the time to research, you could end up with something that you’re not very fond of and need to remove.  Take the time beforehand to avoid any situations you’d rather not have.

Research

The Perfect Salon

Take the time to find a salon that is hygienic, has a friendly staff, and will schedule a consultation with the artist to talk before you get it done.  Visiting the salon can also be beneficial because it allows you to see first hand how things are done.  If you notice that it’s not very clean, it’s best if you find another salon.  Remember, the research you put in before you get the tattoo can save you from a tattoo disaster.

The Perfect Artist

Look through their portfolio images and see what type of work they do.  If you want a portrait and they normally do text, you might want to look at someone else who specializes in text tattoos.  Don’t choose an artist that you don’t get along with, after all they are putting something on your body that will last for the rest of your life – choose wisely!  If you’re not comfortable telling your artist exactly what you want in your tattoo, chances are they aren’t the right artist for you.

Ingredients

Are you allergic to certain products like makeup or lotion?  Then you might be allergic to some of the ingredients found in tattoo ink.  This can cause you to get an allergic reaction.  Make sure to have your dermatologist run some tests beforehand so you know which kinds of ink you should avoid.

Aftercare and Touch Ups

Aftercare is a very important part of the tattoo process.  While it’s healing, it will feel sensitive and it could even peel like a sunburn or scab over.  It’s important to follow the correct procedures that your artist recommends in order for your tattoo to heal properly.  If not, you could be inviting infection into your body.  Tattoos will fade, which means that you will probably need touch ups throughout your lifetime.

Design

Creativity

Creativity is a huge part of tattoo design, especially since tattoos have become so mainstream.  It’s important that you don’t base your whole design off of something you’ve Googled or seen on Pinterest because the whole point of getting a tattoo is being unique and showing off your personality!  Why would you want something that everyone has on their bodies?  After choosing a design, think about it for a while.  Your taste could change or you could decide to add in other details.

Permanence

Remember, tattoos aren’t like a pair of jeans – tattoos will stay on your body forever unless you get them professionally removed.  If you’re worried that you’ll change your mind after having it for a few years, maybe tattoos aren’t the best idea for you.  You shouldn’t rely on tattoo removal as a backup plan if things don’t go the way you want, either.  However, if you do make a mistake, it is a great alternative to having something you hate on your body.  Tattoo removal takes time, patience, and costs can vary, so make sure you are 100% sure you’re getting what you want.

Peer Pressure

Don’t let your friends pressure you into getting a tattoo just because they want one.  Your friends can be pretty convincing, but it’s not their bodies that will have that ink on themselves for the rest of time, it’s yours.  Don’t rush to get a tattoo; think about it, you could change your mind.  An estimated 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo – almost half of them regret that decision.

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