There are plenty of reasons why tattooing skills take many years to cultivate; they require meticulous attention to detail that is different than most art because ink is permanent.
In order to not end up like this guy…
We created this guide that will tell you what to expect, prepare, and feel before the tattoo gun hits your skin.
1. Never underestimate the power of research.
If you can go to great lengths to find the beast deals in town to do your hair, where to eat, and when is the next big sale, you can definitely use the Internet to Google everything you need to know from trustworthy tattoo artists in town or which body part is the most sensitive to pain. There’s literally nothing you can’t find out nowadays.
2. Communicate as clearly as possible to your tattoo artist.
We cannot stress this enough, but tattoos are forever. So before you agree to that artwork you’ve always wanted on your butt cheek, it’s important to check if the size is accurate and if it looks similar to what you expect it to look. Don’t give half-assed instructions because chances are, you are going to spend more on unnecessary cover-ups.
3. Open your mind to suggestions and ideas from your chosen artist.
There’s a possibility that your artist is going to say “but…” when you ask for a particular tattoo. Listen attentively and consider the options because they are experienced enough to know what they’re saying. Watercolour tattoos for example, fade faster than regular ink so unless you are ready to chip in for yearly touch-ups, know that your artist mean well when they give you advice.
4. Cleanliness should be your top priority.
How popular your tattoo artist is shouldn’t matter just as long as they practice good hygiene in their studio. Make sure they use new and sanitised needles as well as other common tattooing tools like gloves. If you are unsure, do question them but also keep an eye on the studio area to see if it’s clean and properly maintained.
5. Think twice about your chosen tattoo before you get it.
We don’t care how much you love the idea of that tattoo you’ve always wanted, you have to know if it’s something you see yourself liking when you’re old. Avoid anything cliché even if they’re deep because you might question yourself in the future. Your safest bet is something that is meaningful but not common which is why we recommend you to personalise your tattoo with your artist.
6. Prepare your aftercare so your tattoo can heal.
If you’ve done your research already or asked around for tips, then you can start getting the things you need to apply onto your fresh ink to ensure quick and safe healing. However, you also have the option of asking your artist what he/she recommends because they might sell those products in their studios.
7. Bring your earphones if you aren’t ready to have long conversations with your artist.
It might sound rude but you are allowed to do anything that makes you comfortable as long as you tell your tattoo artist first. Some of them are flexible enough to let their customers smoke and drink, but we recommend listening to music while staying in a comfortable position. The process is shorter than you think!