So you’re getting a tattoo? Or at least, you’re thinking about it. Getting a tattoo is big decision, so it is important to plan ahead before committing to your permanent ink. A tattoo is for life, so you want to get it right. Being well prepared is the key.
Don’t worry about the naysayers, but hear them out
If your loved ones aren’t so keen on you getting a tattoo, listen to their opinions. If it’s important to you, however, don’t let the naysayers talk you out of it.
Some folk have their reasons for disliking tattoos. If it’s an overall disapproval of any type of tattoo, that’s their problem, not yours. That said, if there’s a specific tattoo design or a place on your body that you’ve discussed, which may cause a rift with certain friends or family, it may be worth considering how willing you are to take that risk.
Of course, you don’t have to tell anyone you’re getting a tattoo if you don’t want to. A personal tattoo in a discreet part of your body can be your little secret – although this can lead to complications if someone spots it down the track!
Getting a tattoo is not something you would do unless you are 100% committed. This step is important to you, so that’s the message you need to get across to your loved ones. At the end of the day, it’s your body and your decision to get inked.
Getting a tattoo is a permanent accessory, prepare wisely
Walking into a tattoo studio and choosing the first artwork you see on the wall isn’t the best option when getting a tattoo. If you have a tattoo in mind, discuss this with your tattoo artist first. Reputable tattooists will draft up your design and get full approval from you before putting ink to skin. It may take multiple visits and discussions before getting the design just right, so don’t expect everything to happen overnight.
Alternatively, if you really aren’t sure what tattoo you want, consult the internet! Great sources of tattoo inspiration include:
- The social media site that offers a virtual ‘pin board’, makes it easy for you to find and save creative tattoo ideas. There are tens of thousands of results if you type the word “tattoo” or “ink” into your Pinterest search bar; try it and ‘pin’ your top favourites!
- Another superb visual social media platform is Instagram; the image sharing smart phone app. Again, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to tattoo designs on IG, check out @tattooinkspiration @tattoos_of_instagram or @tattooinspiration for a start. Otherwise just search the hundreds of thousands of results by typing in #tattoo.
- The world around you. You can take inspiration for your ink from anywhere before getting a tattoo. Natural landscapes, birds, trees, flowers and wildlife are all popular in tattoo designs, and it’s easy to see why. Spend a couple of weeks, considering what inspires you or helps you feel at peace. Jot down your favourite things for potential ink designs.
Don’t be scared about getting a tattoo, just be aware of what to expect
It’s inevitable you’ll feel some sort of pain when getting a tattoo. After all, a needle is grafting permanent ink into your skin.
Some say getting a tattoo hurts like hell; others say there’s only a little discomfort. Either way, you’re not going to know how you’ll respond until that tattoo needle hits your skin. Consider these ways of preparing yourself physically.
Areas of your body that may be more susceptible to pain
Pain is subjective when getting a tattoo; it depends on your individual pain threshold. But there are areas of your body that may feel more uncomfortable than others when getting a tattoo. Getting inked on areas where you don’t have much flesh or padding can be more painful, such as ankles, knees, ribs, feet or wrists. If you have any existing injuries or areas of scarring, this can also affect the way your body responds to pain.
Numbing creams before tattoos
There are several creams available over the counter which act as nerve blockers and might help numb some of the pain of your tattoo. Most tattoo artists don’t bother with numbing creams and therefore won’t stock any in the studio. Ask your pharmacist for their advice, but remember these creams don’t work for everyone.
If you do choose to buy a numbing cream, be sure to follow the directions carefully. In some cases, the cream needs to be applied an hour or so before your tattoo appointment to be effective.
Booked your appointment? What to prepare for in the lead up to getting a tattoo
In the lead up to getting a tattoo, there are a couple of pointers worth noting.
- Go into your appointment with a full tummy and be well hydrated. Take food and water with you if you expect to be in for a while. You don’t want to be weak for your ink!
- Dress appropriately for your tattoo. If you’re getting a tattoo on a part of your body that is usually covered with clothing, make sure your tattoo artist can access that area easily. You may also need to keep that area uncovered – or, at least, not in close contact with clothing – on the way home.
- Don’t be intoxicated – it can impair your judgement, but also your pain threshold and your body’s healing abilities.
- Take your photo ID; you may need to be asked for your proof of age.
- Go in clean; shower first! You’ll be in close proximity with your tattoo artist, who will far prefer to work on a clean ‘canvas’.
Do your research to find the right tattoo studio
You already know it’s not the best idea walk in off the street and decide there and then to get a tattoo. Not only should you think about the appropriate design you want and where you want it, but also the right tattoo studio.
Word of mouth is the key, so if you know of a tattoo studio that has a good reputation, that’s a great start. If not, pay attention to online reviews. Seen someone on the train or at a café with an awesome tattoo? Why not ask them where they got it?
Got your mind fixed on getting a tattoo? Head to Gold Coast Tattoos; a family run business with over 3 decades of experience in the industry. If you want high quality artwork by certified tattoo artists, look no further than Gold Coast Tattoos.
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