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Pros & Cons of Getting a Tattoo
Getting a Tattoo? A Simple Guide for You
Pros & Cons
"I'm getting a tattoo!" - You beauty...Let's go before I change my mind...wait!
When having your skin inked there are a number of things you need to consider first:
- Do you seriously want a tattoo? - they are permanent (well almost)
- Where do you want your tattoo to go?
- Your tattoo design?
- Who's going to be your tattoo artist?
- And whether to use a tattoo numbing cream or not.
While tattoos can be beautiful and meaningful, they can also be the opposite of what you're expecting; terrible and meaningless. It is, therefore, important to invest ample time in the preparation period.
You should consider if you are serious about getting a tattoo. It's gonna be part of you , who you are - don't take this lightly. Ask yourself why you want the tattoo and if you are ready to have the same tattoo for the rest of your life.
A tattoo is not a joke (though humorous tatts can be awesome!) - but rather a big deal since it is a permanent ink imprint on your skin. The only way to get it out is through a painful and expensive surgical procedure or laser. If you ask me, it's not worth getting a tattoo only to have it removed through surgery later.
As many would say a tattoo could break or make your life. While many would be cynical of this statement, tattoos have indeed broken homes and lives. If you are teenager, a tattoo gotten to spite your parents could cause a breakout between you and your parents.
Horrible tattoos could make you despise the mere sight of it forever, and even be embarrassed of it.
You can even become unemployable because of a tattoo - Yes it happens.
A tattoo can also make you be more in touch with your true self and identity. It is for the above reasons that you should be very cautious and take time in preparation for your tattoo.
What About the Pain?
Those who want to get tattoos often seek out the opinion of friends or family and ask about the pain associated with the process.
Many people tell them that the process is not really painful or that it is similar to sunburn.
But everyone of us is different - especially our sensation of pain or discomfort.
Word to the wise - Your first tattoo could never be compared to your first hair cut! A hair cut doesn't hurt and your hair grows back.
(Thank goodness - I've had some shockers in years past...!)
But getting a tattoo can have you squirming...
Honestly, tattooing can be quite painful especially if you are getting a large tattoo and having it done on a sensitive area.
It can be extremely painful to get a tattoo on top of bone or where there is not enough muscle or fat to act as a buffer between the bone and the tattoo gun.
However, this pain need not make you shy away from the experience of having a tattoo. You could use a tattoo numbing cream that contains topical anesthetics. This will allow you to relax during the entire procedure since the cream offers substantial pain relief for 1-3 hours.
Some people however consider the pain part of the tattooing experience that they should never miss. It is your decision whether to use the numbing cream or not, but why experience pain when it can be safely avoided?
Narrow Down Your Choices
Some people consider the pain part of the tattooing experience that they should never miss, but why experience pain when it can be safely avoided?
Once you have decided that you want a tattoo, you need to decide exactly where you want it. It could be on your arm, leg or neck. It is, however, important that you are able to easily cover your tattoo whenever you want. If you are a career person, having a tattoo on the neck or anywhere below your wrist can raise eyebrows in your workplace.
You should take time before choosing a design for your tattoo since this is what will be with you for the rest of your life.
Once you know that you want to get a tattoo, everyone will start giving you ideas for the design. Some will tell you to get one that has sentimental and personal meaning, others will tell you to go for the timeless classics.
However, the final decision will be yours to make!
Remember you are the one getting the work done, not your "well meaning" friends and family.
Be Sure About Your Tattoo Design!
Analyze the ideas you get from others but also do a brainstorm of designs that appeal to you. You could get ideas from a tattoo catalogue or get it customized. It is usually best to customize your own design because you don't want to meet someone with a tattoo that looks exactly like yours.
Bad enough to have the same shirt at a party - but same tatt...!!
Find pictures of your design ideas discuss them with your tattoo artist. Symmetry works really well.
TIP! - Once you get a design you like, it's best that you place the design picture somewhere you can see it every day and if you don't get sick or bored of seeing it after a month then it is the perfect design for you.
We hope this blog has been helpful for you and given you some food for thought.
Feel free to get in touch and share your experience.