6 Things You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo

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6 Things You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo


I've seen a lot of these posts floating around lately. Most of them tell you the generic "rules" to follow when choosing a placement, a parlor, an artist, a design, or anything related to deciding on getting a tattoo. They might also mention the aftercare and the best time of the year to get one... basically all the boring things about tattoos that make you really not want to get one. It's great to read the logical and well thought out process of getting a tattoo if you want some pointers on how to go about getting one. Often enough these articles don't include the little things about tattoos that really matter. 

As someone with a lot of tattoos, and as someone who started getting them quite young, I've learned a lot about them. I want to share with you the things that matter the most to me when I am planning (or spontaneously going) to get a tattoo.

Detailed Hamsa Hand Tattoo

1. Get something you like.
Your artist will draw something up that they think suits your wants and needs. They have a vision for your tattoo, and sometimes it's not always the one you have in your head (or on paper). If there is something that you don't like in the drawing, you need to tell them. Once they place the stencil on your skin, move around and look at all the angles that your tattoo will be seen from. If something looks off, mention it to see if it can be fixed. Don't be scared. Your artist wants their best possible work on you and if you don't absolutely love it you need to speak up.

Feather Tattoo French Regret Nothing Rib Tattoo

2. There doesn't have to be a meaning.
A lot of common misconceptions people have is that tattoos HAVE to have a meaning. While it's great and all to have that back story to it, if you like something and want to have it permanently inked on your body, then do it. Feather's are very popular and hold a lot of meaning to some people, but if you just like the way they look that's perfectly fine. Lots of people will tell you that there must be a reasoning behind it, but simply saying "I just really like it" is a good enough reason.

Be Kind Typography Cherry Blossom Tattoo

3. Be prepared for questioning.
People come out of the woodwork to ask you questions about your tattoo (if it's visible to the public eye). They will ask you what it means, what does it stand for, why did you get it, who did it, why isn't it this way, how much did you pay for it, what would you change about it, what if you don't like it in the future, yada yada yada. You don't have to answer them to the fullest or even honestly. They only want to hear what they want to hear and that's all they will take away from it.

Peony Illustration Tattoo

4. Be prepared for inspection.
To go with the last one, people will get all up in your body parts to inspect your tattoo. Most of mine are on my arms and I can't tell you how many people move my arms around to "see my tattoos in full." It's extremely annoying, but you're basically a moving piece of art at that point.

Dandelion Fluff Tattoo

5. You will get looks of indifference.
This one is kind of obvious, but it's never really explained as to how much disgusted side glances you and your tattoos will get. I'm not just referring to the little old ladies that are stereo-typically cast as tattoo haters, but every age group will look horrified by them. Regardless of the intricacy or the meaning or the subtly of your tattoo(s) there will always be people who think you are the worst kind of person to walk the planet. I've honestly had more elderly people come up to me to express their love for my tattoos than I have with people closer to my age than them. It stings to get those looks but you need to exude confidence when it comes to your tattoos or they will be beautiful to no one.

Artistic Elephant Tattoo

6. Everyone will have their opinions.
You don't even have to know the person for them to have an opinion on your tattoo. If it's just black/grey/white, you'll often hear "you should really colour that in" or "that would look so good with shading/colour/without shading." If your tattoo has colour, you'll hear "it would look better with these colours" or "that colour is going to fade so fast you should have left it out." There will be opinions on every single aspect of your tattoo from a tiny little line to the whole thing being "wrong." Remember, these are just opinions and if they aren't nice don't listen to them.

Max Ehrmann Desiderata Quote Tattoo Bicep

These are the types of things that no one tells you about tattoos. They pretend the world is all sunshine and rainbows about them which is not the truth at all. It takes a bit of hardness to deal with the critics and naysayers, I'm not going to lie about that. But in all honesty, even though you may have pricked your skin about a million times, it gives you a tougher one.

What tips do you have for people about tattoos? How have you dealt with any of these issues?
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3 comments:

  1. This one will surely help those who were torn between getting a tattoo or not. Five years ago, I was also asking myself whether to get a tattoo or not, there was actually a tattoo artist who was asking me to be his model for a tattoo competition. Then I was stuck to your number six, Everyone will have their own opinion and interpretation. I know for the fact that my father will be my first critic, so I refused the offer. I love art because I also draw, and I think the only tip I can share to others who wanted to get a tattoo is that when they feel and think that they're ready and that they love it go ahead! It's your body so feel free to do what you want with it! :)

    Love your tips mackenzie dear! :)

    xx
    Rica | www.switbbydoll.com

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  2. This one will surely help those who were torn between getting a tattoo or not. Five years ago, I was also asking myself whether to get a tattoo or not, there was actually a tattoo artist who was asking me to be his model for a tattoo competition. Then I was stuck to your number six, Everyone will have their own opinion and interpretation. I know for the fact that my father will be my first critic, so I refused the offer. I love art because I also draw, and I think the only tip I can share to others who wanted to get a tattoo is that when they feel and think that they're ready and that they love it go ahead! It's your body so feel free to do what you want with it! :)

    Love your tips mackenzie dear! :)

    xx
    Rica | www.switbbydoll.com

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    1. I completely agree with your added tip! It's definitely important to be ready to get a tattoo!

      Thank you very much, Rica!

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