What is the first step if I want to get a tattoo?
The most crucial step before getting inked is getting informed. Researching the right artist/tattooshop, choosing a design/placement/color, learning the aftercare procedure, and knowing all possible risks will help you make better choices.
Here’s a quick breakdown of all the steps:
1. Be informed by researching online, reading magazines, checking out forums and talking to people who have gotten tattoos.
2. Think up of or look for the tattoo design.
3. Choose a tattoo artist or tattoo shop.
4. Schedule an appointment.
5. Get the tattoo done.
6. Ensure proper tattoo aftercare.
7. Enjoy your new tattoo.
How do I choose a design?
Totally lost on this one? Yeah, that happens to a lot of people. Part of the decision-making process involves getting acquainted with all the options.
Read these websites to learn more:
Choosing a flash design
How to Choose Your Tattoo Design
How do I choose the right tattoo artist or the best tattoo shop?
The final outcome of a tattoo relies on the selection of a good tattoo artist.
Shop around. Have a look at local social networks & search for artists in your area. Ask people online, ask your friends, then go into the shops & talk to the people who work there. Ask to see their portfolios — the flash on the wall is usually purchased from another company & is in no way indicative of their talent. A good tattoo artist should have social skills (i.e., not make you feel like a chump), be professional, polite & talented. If you find one you like, bring your ideas for your tattoo and schedule an appointment.
Check out this website: How To Get A Great Tattoo And Never Regret It
When is the best time to get tattooed?
Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning and just being exposed to the elements more. We all know you’re eager to show off your new ink during the summer, but opt for cool weather months.
Cool weather months are the best time of the year to get a tattoo. Why? First of all, you and the artist are going to be a lot more comfortable. Although tattoo studios have air conditioning in the summertime, it’s hard to keep them cool in a business where doors are constantly being opened. When the weather is naturally cool, studios are much more temperate and it’s a lot easier for the artist to concentrate when they don’t have to keep wiping beads of sweat from their brow.
Another good reason is to consider the healing. The less exposure your skin gets to the elements, the better off your tattoo will be at healing. Sweat can aggravate a new tattoo and so can the sun. During the cold months, your body isn’t exposed to these things as much and tattoos can heal more quickly with less chance for infection.
Appearance is another good reason. During the healing process, your tattoo goes through a few “ugly” stages – scabbing, peeling, the works. If you get your tattoo in the colder months, it will be covered up during this healing process and by the time summer rolls around – your artwork will be completely healed and ready to be shown off!
The waiting time must also be considered. “Ber”-months are a lean season for most studios, which means you won’t have to wait behind a bunch of people to get your artwork done. Artists are not nearly as rushed during this period and it is easier for them to give you their undivided attention. This is typically because people are busy with the holidays or because it’s cold—most have no intention of showing off skin anyway. During the warmer season you can wait as much as 3-4 hours while artists are busy with other customers — you may even have to get on a waiting list.
A downside to the cold season is the increased chance of acquiring colds, flu and other viruses. These illnesses can drain your immune system and make it more difficult for your tattoo to heal. Not to mention that your artist probably wouldn’t appreciate you passing along any germs to them. It is important that you take vitamins and keep yourself healthy, especially if you are considering getting a tattoo during this time of year. If you are showing any signs of illness, wait until you are feeling better before you make your appointment. Vitamins that are known to boost your immune system are C and Zinc. Please consult your doctor and see if these vitamins could be helpful to you.
Here is an awesome website that preps you for ALL of the following:
Can I use some kind of numbing cream?
Personally, I would not recommend these kinds of products. Should you wish to read more about numbing creams I have provided a list below for your perusal.
Learn more about why IT’S OKAY to use numbing cream by reading:
Learn more about why YOU SHOULDN’T use numbing cream by reading:
Should I tip my tattoo artist?
Tipping is a really nice gesture! But, there are no real ground rules for tipping.
Read more here:
How do I take care of my new tattoo?
I cannot stress enough how extremely important Tattoo Aftercare is. Learn more here.