So, after a lot of thinking, you have finally made your decision: you are going to get a tattoo. For some people, getting a tattoo is a part of an irresponsible adventure, while for some others, it marks a really important moment in their life. A tattoo could be a memory of your loved one, an important life quote, or just a beautiful piece of art. And of course, since getting inked is not the same as cutting hair – there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. In this article we’re going to try to answer most of them and help you make your decision.
Is it safe?
If you choose the right tattoo studio, it is perfectly safe. Despite what many people think, tattooing is no riskier than any other cosmetic treatment. And just as there are bad plastic surgeons, there are also bad tattoo artists, so be careful while picking.
Does it hurt?
The most common question of all, and the answer is – yes. However, the pain is relative. There are actually four pain factors.
The first factor is your mind – people tend to expect a lot of pain, so they unconsciously create a tension in their entire body which can increase the pain.
The second factor is the motivational one – if you are nervous, no matter the reason, your pain will increase; if you are completely confident and excited– there is a chance it won’t hurt at all.
The third factor is your artist himself – his roughness, overall experience and skill. Since the ink goes into the second layer of your skin, which is far from blood vessels, you shouldn’t bleed at all.
The last factor is the place of your tattoo. For women, the most painful areas are ankles, spine and ribcage, while the least painful are abdomen, buttocks, thighs and shoulders. For men, the most painful areas are abdomen, spine and chest while the least painful are buttocks, arms and back.
How much does it cost?
This depends on the size, place, colors, complexity, the popularity of the artist etc. However, trust me – this is neither the time nor the occasion to be cheap. And yes, there is never a definite 100% correlation between the price and quality, but when it comes to artwork, these usually match up. If the price is too good to be true, then the quality is probably below any standard – and you don’t want that.
What are the different tattoo styles?
Here are 10 of the most popular tattoo styles.
- Traditional – the oldest form of tattooing (after tribal) with solid black outlines and limited color palette done with impeccable precision. They usually include roses, hearts, skulls etc.
- Realism – as the word says, a tattoo that looks very realistic, like a photograph on your skin.
- Watercolor – they mimic an experimental artistic process of using splashes of color to make it appear as if painted on canvas.
- Tribal – the oldest style which is almost always in black, and often uses symmetry and geometrical designs.
- New school – cartoon-like designs with bright colors and exaggerated features.
- Neo traditional – just like the traditional ones but more detailed, more dimensional and more colorful.
- Japanese – these detailed designs are meant for larger body areas such as back or arms.
- Dotwork – instead of shadowing or using block color, these designs use lots of tiny dots.
- Geometric – these designs use symmetry and repetition to create 3D effects and larger designs.
- Script – if you want a unique tattoo, opt for a swirly and gothic-like font.
What things should I pay attention to when picking a tattoo artist and a tattoo studio?
Make sure you do a thorough investigation. Check your artist’s previous work, ask around if his clients are pleased, and check his hygienic practice (does he wear gloves, are his inks in disposable caps, is he using sterile needles etc.). Also, check if he’s been trained in other areas besides tattooing (cleanliness, hygiene, sterilization, first aid etc.).
What if I ever regret it?
We can “thank” Yakuzas for causing a tattoo taboo, so now almost everyone with a tattoo is associated with criminal activities, gangs, prison life etc. But, the good news is that this negative connotation is slowly fading thanks to the celebrities and athletes who have embraced tattoos. Nevertheless, you should still never rush into getting one, as you might regret it one day.
Luckily for us, tattoo removal techniques have really improved over the last few years, so you can now remove your tattoo with minimal consequences. If you are from Australia and considering this option, there is a great tattoo removal studio in Parramatta you should definitely check out.
Tattoos and tanning?
During the first 28 days, limit the sun exposure to a minimum. Sun can heat up the ink which will then move. This will make your body treat it as a foreign object and attempt to get rid of it. In the end, your tattoo is going to look faded because it will be half-absorbed.
That would be it. Have you made your decision?
Sup Cole World!
So my friend who has her company http://girlswithflair.com/ wanted to know if i would rep her company by getting a tattoo on my arm that symbolizes her brand and of course i sad YES! I was up gettn this tattoo done at like 5 in the morning, they will tell you all that i cried like a little girl while i got it done, but i think i did great ;0) lol.
The tattoo symbolizes ‘Girls With Flair!’, so i chose to get a silhouette of a womans face with her hair going straght back. As you can see, the colors get firey as it go towards the back, that’s the part that represent the flair! :0)
- Anyone who knows me, or sees me, realizes that I have some-what of an addiction to permanent ink. The time has passed in a whirlwind and I have suddenly realized that I am looong over due, so while I sit here debating what and where I want my next tattoo I am drawn to the artwork of others.Although I’m at a count of 12 tattoos, I still feel in desperate need of more… few people say I have too many, many people say I have enough and most people say “when are u getting more?”. My question is… When is enough, enough? I remember when a random tattoo at the bottom of a woman’s back was sexy and a large one on a lady was seen as “butch”. From personal experience, I have men and women alike express to me how “sexy” they think my large shoulder tattoo is on me… I look through the media and some of the most gorgeous women are “tatted up”… so, What is hot? How many are too many? How does it depend on the individual?Because of my mass amounts of tattoos I’ve had many people (over the years) ask for my personal opinion about their tattoo ideas. While I by no means claim to be a tattoo expert, I’ve learned a few things from my experiences… so… here’s the top three…1. Make CERTAIN that whatever piece you get, you’ll be happy with when your 80! Don’t go and get ‘Ray-Ray’ tatted over your heart because you hope it’ll last forever, it’s “bad luck” anyways! I have played basketball at some of the highest levels for my entire life, so during my first year of college ball I thought that it only made sense to get a large basketball permanently inked onto the inside of my shin (afterall it looks good on the court). Nowadays, especially from a corporate stand-point while I’m grateful for the memory, I wish I thought of a more discrete spot.
2. Create a relationship with your artist, the reason why is simple… every person, in any occupation has “bad days”. When it comes to permanent art on your body, you wanna catch the person doing the work on a “good day”. Your tattoo artist is human, they have days that suck and thats fine, you just want to make sure that you know your artist well enough to be able to tell when they’re not in the mood to ink you.
3. Work your tattoo with your personality. I will never, ever be a lawyer, its just not me! Even when I was studying Advertising, I knew I wanted to work towards the more artsy side of that… The reality is this (and this has happened to me) if you are going to work a corporate job (anywhere in the world) with a large corporation as your client, odds are you’re going to need to hide your tattoos. I didn’t like it either, but we all need to pay the bills… ensure that your tattoo/s will match your lifestyle. I use this rule of thumb, after you’ve have a tattoo or two, if your third one is still OBSENELY offending your mother… think it over! Its probably not reflecting the way you were raised, and in the long-run those morals that your parents tried to instill will catch up to you eventually. I’m not saying; if you’re a 30 year old tattoo-virgin dont bother to get one, my Mum got her first one at that age… all I’m saying is choose your spot, size and piece well and we all know why!I’m looking at getting my rib done next, I have both feet covered and that’s supposed to be the most painful area… aside from the rib, so I’m somewhat prepared… I’ll keep you guys posted and in the meantime I’ll attach this to my facebook notes (Shay Ironmonger) and we’ll leave it like an open forum. Tell me about your tattoo experiences, advice… ideas?!!!
Olympic Diver (shoulder, back, bum)
Kat Von D (covered… lol)
Christina Aguilera (lower back)
Me (wrist, arm, back, neck, ear)