5 Things to Consider Before Getting Your First Tattoo

Chelsea Evic

5 Things to Consider Before Getting Your First Tattoo

By: Chelsea Eric

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Taking the leap to get your first tattoo can be a big decision. Getting a symbol, saying, or design permanently inked on your body shouldn’t be taken lightly. Before making that trip to the tattoo shop with a buddy for moral support, here are some things you should consider.

  1. Your Reason

First and foremost, ask yourself WHY you want to get one. Is it to look cool? Is it because all your friends have one? Is it to commemorate someone or something? Once you’ve determined the answer, then ask yourself if the tattoo is something that will matter to you for the rest of your life. When you are 50 years old, would you really want ________tattooed on your arm?

  1. The Design

Taking the time to pick the right design for your tattoo shouldn’t be rushed. Extensively search the internet and social media for a design you LOVE. It is also important to find a trusted tattoo artist in your area and take a look at their portfolio. You can set up a consultation and get their opinion on the design and what would look best.

  1. Placement

Placement is another important part of the tattoo decision process you should discuss with your artist. There are certain tattoos and tattoo sizes that are best suited for certain body parts. It is also vital to consider whether you would want your tattoo to be easily hidden. Would it be unacceptable with a future employer? Family members?

  1. Aftercare is Important

It’s common for people who are first-timers to not take proper care of their tattoos afterward. Be prepared to wash it several times a day with antibacterial soap and regularly apply a healing ointment and moisturizer on it.

  1. The Cost

Typically, a good tattoo isn’t cheap. Even a tiny design could cost $50. If you’re looking to get a bigger, more elaborate design, be prepared to save up the money.