We are enamored with a particular tattoo design worn by a famous celebrity or someone who holds a significant spot in our lives, but what exactly is a tattoo and what are the necessary points that one must keep in mind when getting a tattoo?
A tattoo is a form of body art that is engraved on a person’s body using pigments, inks, and dyes. For engraving, the artists use a machine that is called a tattoo gun. Getting a tattoo requires a lot of patience, and one must have a certain level of tolerance for pain.
Points to consider
- Think of the design and the accompanying pain
An intricate design demands more needles that’ll puncture your skin and obviously, it’ll be painful. So, you must be wise when choosing a design. You may consider discussing the design with an artist who will be able to tell you how much pain you will have to bear while getting that particular design.
There is no harm in testing your body limits, but if you are a first-timer, it’s better to first check whether you actually have the pain tolerance required for getting tattoos. As a beginner, you should avoid tattoos on body parts like the elbow, ribs, back of knees, groin areas and the likes of these.
- Placement of the tattoos
While selecting a design, also ponder upon where exactly the tattoo will look good. For instance, people who engrave names generally select their wrists as the most appropriate place, while people who choose to have bigger designs choose their biceps or upper back.
Also, if it’s a tattoo that is a little more personal, and you want it to stay away from constant questioning; you may consider having that tattoo at a spot where it can be hidden by clothes.
- Start by getting a small tattoo
If you are new to the art, try getting a small tattoo. This way, you’ll get awareness about your own pain tolerance and several other processes, such as how the body heals after the wounds or how your skin reacts to the machine, the pigments, and the dyes.
- Don’t settle for a cheap tattoo parlor
Tattoos alter your body for the rest of your life, so it may be wise to consider going to a decent tattoo parlor even if it’s worth a few extra bucks. Good parlors take all health-related precautions, strategize good designs for you, and are empathetic toward customers.
- Asking questions can be really helpful
It is good to ask questions, especially when you know that a procedure is going to have a permanent effect on your body. Your tattoo artists would surely have a lot to say about tattoos in general, the various kinds of needles, the healthcare precautions, designs, and so many other aspects of the art. Since tattoo artists are creative and love to spread their art, your artist should not be shying away from answering questions.
You may go to an extent of asking your artist if the dye, pigment, or needle they are using is approved or not and whether its shelf life is well within the duration.