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Avoiding regret- things you can do before and after getting a tattoo

Getting a tattoo is exciting but it can also be very scary. You’re making a permanent commitment to a piece of art. That’s why you need to be responsible and be sure that you want this 100%. As well as that, you need to choose a good and reliable tattoo artist so that your vision is fully realized. The work doesn’t stop there. After getting the tattoo, you’ll need to care for it and make sure it’s healing nicely. Tattoos are a beautiful thing and you don’t have to regret getting one if you’re responsible for it.

1. Find a good artist

The most important thing you need to do when getting a tattoo is to find a good and reliable artist. They need to be skilled, experienced and work in a certified studio. You don’t want to go to your friend’s garage where their friend who’s just starting in the business will promise you the tattoo of your life but give you the complete opposite. A sterile and clean environment, a steady hand, and someone who knows exactly what they’re doing is what you need.

Even if the best and most reliable tattoo artist in town is more expensive than what you wanted, still do it. This is something you’ll have on your body till the end of time, so why mess it up?

2. Meet beforehand

Meeting your tattoo artist will help you decide if they’re really the right one for you. Take a look at their portfolio, talk to them about their art, and you’ll see if you like their style and the way they work. Meeting beforehand will also help you feel more at ease and decide on the details of your tattoo. This is an especially important step if you’re getting your first tattoo ever.

The process can be scary for someone who’s never done it before, so it might be a good idea to ask your tattoo artist to walk you through it. In some cases, you may also be able to watch someone else getting a tattoo. Also, make sure to ask them about the pain level you’re likely to experience. This all depends on your pain tolerance and the part of the body you’re tattooing, but as the artist has quite a lot of experience, they’ll be able to tell you approximately what to expect. Hopefully, this meeting will give you enough confidence to proceed with the tattoo without fear.

3. Have a back-up plan

You want to believe that everything will be fine with your tattoo and that you’ll want and love it forever, but that simply doesn’t have to come true. You could take all the precautions before and after getting inked and still be dissatisfied with the result or change your mind years later. Does this mean you have to be stuck with a bad tattoo or a tattoo you don’t want for the rest of your life? Not at all. It simply means you need to have a backup plan, just in case things go awry or you decide tattoos aren’t for you after all.

Researching a reliable tattoo removal clinic is always a good idea. With the help of a professional, your tattoo will be completely gone in a short period of time. The procedure may be somewhat painful, but it’s worth it for those who don’t want to carry something they don’t want on their body for ages to come.

4. Listen to your tattoo artist

Don’t think you’re smarter than the professional who just tattooed you. After the procedure is done and you’re home with your new tat, don’t forget the handy pieces of advice the artist has given you at the tattoo studio. Take off the cellophane only after a period of time they told you, use the cream to keep the tattoo moist regularly and keep it clean with neutral soap. Only wear more organic fabrics and don’t wear anything too tight. Also, keep your tattoo away from the sun for the first month.

Though some of these precautions and tips may seem like too much- they’re not. Your body has just been through a trauma, even if you don’t perceive it that way. Getting a tattoo is basically voluntarily getting third-degree burns. This means that your body will need time to heal, so definitely listen to what your tattoo artist has to say and stick to their advice.

Conclusion

As you can see, tattoos don’t have to give you a headache. You can end up with a beautiful piece of art that will decorate your body for the rest of your life. If you take care of it properly, it will heal nicely and age even more nicely. What better way to commemorate life than with something amazing and meaningful?

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Written by Lena Hemsworth

Lena Hemsworth is a lifestyle blogger,  foodie, and lover of a good book.  She's also an everlasting enthusiast who believes that there is nothing better than starting your day with a hot cup of coffee.   

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