Are you nervous about what to expect when you get your first tattoo?
Maybe you’re not sure about where you want to put it.
Or you’re worried that you’ll get tired of it or need to get rid of it in the future.
Perhaps you’re stressed about how much it’ll hurt and if it will turn out okay.
These are all valid concerns that a lot of people have before they get the first tattoo.
So how can you make sure your first tattoo is a keeper?
Let’s address the concerns one by one.
Choosing the Design
Choosing the image for your first tattoo is a big deal.
My recommendation is that you start small. Postpone those tribal sleeve tattoos till the next time.
Next, don’t express your undying love for your current significant other by putting their name on your skin. Wait a while to see if the relationship is going to endure as long as the ink will.
Remember that you’ll want to show off your new tattoo. Pick something that you won’t mind sharing.
And if it’s text, double-check the spelling and the meaning if it’s not in your language.
Where Is the Best Place to Get Your First Tattoo?
Certain parts of your body are much more sensitive than others.
While you’re getting inked, you’ll feel sensations like pinching, scratching, and stinging.
That’s a lot easier to take when it’s not on the backs of your knees, on your ribs, and so forth.
But it’s not the only factor to consider. The location of your tattoo might mean something to you. Or it could be the best place to show it off (or hide it).
What I suggest is that you don’t put your first tattoo on your face or neck, but rather in a less sensitive place.
Also, designs that don’t require a lot of shading hurt less.
In any case, check with your tattoo artist about using a numbing cream. This makes the experience much more pleasant.
What If You Might Change Your Mind Later?
Body art requires commitment.
If you aren’t sure about the design you want or where you want to wear it, I have a solution for you.
Henna. It’s a natural ink that only lasts for about two weeks on the skin.
Find an artist who does henna tattoos and ask them to ink you with the same image in the same place your thinking about getting a permanent tattoo.
Think of it as a way to try before you buy.
Getting a preview of your tattoo like this can save you money and stress in the long run.
But also know that it’s possible to alter and remove permanent tattoos.
A talented artist can fill in or add a new dimension to an unwanted tattoo and make it a new work of art.
On the other hand, a dermatologist or tattoo removal shop may be able to completely erase the ink you don’t want. It’s expensive, but it works most of the time.
If you’re not sure you can commit, do a trial run with temporary ink first.
Avoiding Problems with a New Tattoo
I’ll tell you now that you’re going to bleed a little ink on that first day.
The excess is going to seep out of your skin.
But if you’re using a mild antibacterial soap to keep it clean, and you’re protecting it from sunlight, everything should turn out fine.
It’ll heal in a week or two with proper aftercare.
If you notice that some parts seem faded or not clear, make an appointment with the tattoo artist for a touchup.
I recommend using a fragrance-free moisturizer to help it heal faster.
Then, when you go outdoors, remember to cover up or put on sunscreen (once it’s healed) to keep the ink bright.
Indoor tanning uses concentrated UV radiation that will leach color from your ink, so choose a tanning lotion with tattoo protector. Some of them have ingredients that make the colors pop.
Checklist Before Getting a Tattoo
Are you ready? Let’s do this!
- Have a design ready to discuss with the artist and decide where you want it inked.
- Purchase antibacterial soap, moisturizer, and numbing cream ahead of time.
- Apply the numbing cream according to the directions before you go to the tattoo studio.
- Eat well and relax. Remember to breathe and think happy thoughts because you’re going to have a cool story to tell and body art to show off soon.