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Tips Everyone Needs When Getting A Tattoo - Especially For The First Time
1. Shop around. This seems pretty obvious but you'd be surprised at how many people just go for what's closest. Ask friends or on online forums, check reviews, talk to the tattoo artists view their work and ask them questions- they won't mind. You need to make sure you are comfortable with them.
2. Invest money. It's easy to go for the cheapest option and many people have suffered the consequences from it. A tattoo will be part of your body for the rest of your life (unless removed or covered by another). With something this permanent it's a good idea to invest money in it, don't go for what's cheapest - go for quality, it's better to shell a little extra cash for an amazing tattoo. It's also saves you money in the long run- no need for touch-ups, cover ups or removals.
3. Baggy clothing. Once again another tip that seems common sense but it can often be forgotten. Wearing loose fitting clothing doesn't only give the new tattoo some space to breathe, but also is easy for removing or adjusting if needed. For example, when I got My tattoo on my back my top was easy to move up and tie - to keep it up so the tattooist could do his work.
4.Lollys. Many people who've had tattoos done know that Lollys make the whole thing smoother. Whilst you're getting your tattoo suck on a lolly and it eases the pain. The taste and textures helps to keep you focus on the lolly and not on any pain or discomfort you may be in.
5. Breathe. When in anticipation for a tattoo a lot of people's breathing elevates and their hearts quicken, either from excitement or fear. Shallow slow breathes are key, try to relax all tense muscles aswell. Some people flinch, others don't, but remember to stay still - slow breathing helps with this. By staying as still as you can you know your tattoo will come out perfect.
6. You can say stop. A lot of people keep in how much it hurts, but don't. If it hits a limit and becomes unbearable tell the tattooist to stop - they will not judge you for it. If you don't, you're more likely to move or squirm as a reaction to the pain, this could cause mistakes on your tattoo. The tattoo artist will give you a minute and then carry on.
7. Aftercare. When it come to tattoos after care is important. Your tattooist should explain how to look after your it but here is an after care plan: on the day you get it, you should wash it with warm soapy water, then put antiseptic cream on it, do this twice. The second day do the same. For the third and fourth day you only have to wash it once. Not going to lie, it will scan and be really itchy, so just try not to itch it, and put antiseptic cream on when it's painful/itchy.
I hope this helps making your tattooing experience more pleasant and gives you enough knowledge to prepare for possibly getting your first. I was very lucky and a lot of my friends and my partner had tattoos and gave me a lot of advise, I thought I should put there collective advice in a Tip to help others.