To Ink or Not To Ink
Getting your first tattoo? Here's what you need to know.
Welcome to the crossroads of fashion and permanence, where the question of tattoos echoes like an existential melody. The first tattoo is usually the one you put most thought into, and understandably so. So what should you consider before getting that needle dancing across your skin?
It’s Nothing New
To all the boomers lamenting around saying ugly things about tattoos, it’s not a new concept. It may be relatively new to the Western world, but tattoos have adorned the bodies of people throughout civilizations.
Let’s get one thing clear. It’s absolutely okay for your tattoo to not have a meaning. Getting a tattoo to commemorate something is fabulous, but so is being inspired by aestheticism.
However, know everything about the type of tattoo you want to get. For example, if it’s fineline, down the line after a lot of years, it’ll look more distorted than regular tattoos; some tattoo arts look a little different when healed; colors look different on different skin tones; and so on.
Next, you'll need to decide where to place your ink masterpiece. Will it be a hidden gem, a secret symbol tucked away between the folds of skin, or a bold declaration, a statement piece that proudly adorns your arm or shoulder?
Will It Hurt?
Let’s address the elephant in the room. This is one of the main concerns about getting a tattoo, and the short answer is, it depends. There are parts of your body that are more sensitive to pain than others, and depending on the size of the tattoo, the pain can be barely any to quite uncomfortable. Talk to your artist about what to expect.
Choosing Your Tattoo Guru
This is not talked about enough, but find the right artist, the one who can translate your vision into reality. Research, ask for recommendations, and visit studios to meet the artists. Their expertise, style, and vibe should resonate with you, ensuring a collaborative and enjoyable experience.
The Aftercare Affair
Once your tattoo is complete, it's time to pamper your new ink investment. Follow the aftercare instructions diligently to ensure proper healing and prevent complications. (Sidenote: Do your due diligence on this. Not every skin heals the same.) Your tattoo is a work of art, so treat it with the care it deserves.
The Ultimate Verdict
The decision to get a tattoo is a personal one, a choice that should be made without pressure or regret. It's about honoring your individuality and expressing your unique spirit through the art of ink. So, if you're drawn to the world of tattoos, if you feel the urge to adorn your body with a symbol of self-expression, then take the leap.