1) There seems to be 2 primary methods of collecting tattoos: The "scrapbook" approach is when you get individual tattoos that each represent something important in your life. The "design" approach is when you carefully plan what you want and where you put it so it'll be a beautiful accessory but may not have any meaning. 2) For your first time, get something bigger and bolder than you think you want. Once the shock of getting a tattoo at all wears off, you'll be happier you got something bigger and bolder. 3) There are a lot of tattoo artists who have excellent technique but who are self-obsessed artistes who waste your time and money coming up with art they think reflects their true genius. Avoid them. 4) There is no magic method of getting it to heal faster. Wash it very, very gently each day and apply a light film of neosporin or diaper rash A & D ointment. Keep it uncovered if you can. Don't scratch when it itches. *Be Patient!* 5) Getting a favorite quote, or any text, can be risky. It's amazing the number of mis-spellings that happen, and a font that looks good on your computer may be illegible on your skin.
If you're going to get a tattoo, make sure you get on a part of your body that you can cover up. Getting a tattoo directly on your face, neck, fingers etc is a bad idea, it might lock some roads for you in the future. Go to a professional salon, make sure the person drawing the tattoo is using clean needles, wearing gloves etc, you don't want to get a tattoo at an alleyway and risk an infection or worse.
Don't get yourself too stressed about how it's gonna feel or anything like that. Tattoos hurt, sure. But they're not that bad. It's all relative and if you were to compare it to some kind of emotional pain it might seem like nothing. I actually enjoy getting work done. It's the healing part that I find to be a nuisance. The soreness afterwards might last a couple days. Then the itching starts after about a week. That's the part I could really do without but it's always well worth it in the end. If you can find something that's meaningful to you then all the better. But like other people have said, don't ever get a lover's name obviously. I got a matching tattoo with someone years ago and thought it was so much better than getting her name. Well, turns out I still outgrew it and it's covered now.
I would recommend drawing it on yourself in sharpie first, or have someone else do it for you, so you can actually see what you want where you want it on your own body. Then you can decide whether or not you really want one. Make sure it means something, not some silly stars or a tribal tattoo (unless it really means something to you). I can't stress enough to make sure you want this tattoo 100% before you get it, because like the other people said (although, they were quite rude and judgemental about it) it will be on your body forever. My theory is: even if you regret your tattoo in the future.. at the time you got it, it meant something to you. So why regret it?
And also, I happen to love the tattooed elderly. They have some of the best stories! Best of luck to you, and I warn you; it will hurt, but it will be totally worth it in the end if it is what you really want! :)
if you or your friend want to get one probly say get it where no one sees , tattoos is also just a waste of time,the bible also says dont mess up your skin. GOD made you,your made out of dirt to let you and others know.Just letting you know
Remember that eventually you WILL look like a deflated Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloon, or simply a fool and a joke. Remember that getting a tattoo is completely unnatural and that you are considering doing this only because everybody else is.
notyourmamma- 1)Do your homework on the shop 2) make sure your artwork is what you want and placement is key.( Some need to hide for work) 3)colors don't last and after 5-7 years need touch up 4) don't drink; makes you bleed more 5) do it confidently and love it!
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Don't do it most older people I know that have tattoo's wish they never did it because their skin sag's as they get older and they do not like the way it look's, so before doing something that you can't remove you need to think about how it will look years later.
do not get a tattoo is stupid and dangerous it can mess with your blood stream and you will not be able to donate blood because of that tattoo.tattoo does make you or break you i do not believe in tattoos or piercing your body.
best advise is don't get one.even if most of your peers do. 2 or 20 years down the road and it's not as "cool" as it used to be. if you must get one at least put it where most people won't see it. secondly, law enforcement encourages tatoos cause it is a better indentifier than fingerprints.
Who ever says its spiritually wrong there is many religions that require you to have tattoos. Look at Africans, Asians and other cults. Find a good artist and a good deal. Do NOT get something that has no meaning and it looks pretty dumb unless you like it very much than there is nothing for me to say about that. Get something that's also appropriate for work also something you can hide. My job I can have em visible as long their appropriate. On my hips I have two Orchid flowers which presents my birth flower and I love em very much. Find something you love and find someone that's a professional and licensed!! I know a lot of dumb kids that made dumb mistakes!
Okay, first off, please ignore all the people saying "Don't do it, you'll regret it!" Just make sure that you're getting something that does have a value to you,that it's not just a meaningless tattoo, since it will be there forever. Even if you decide later in life that you don't really like it anymore, you CAN get it covered up by a different tattoo. It's not a "sin", I know many devout Christians who have tattoos, and they're beautiful. Good luck!
I think you should get one...I got my first one last year when I was 56! So, getting older has not changed my longtime desire to have one. I just made sure it's not in a place subject to wrinkling and/or sagging skin...its near my ankle. I love it and I plan to expand on it, but not get another one. Mine is a design that I like but not a meaningful one.
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Why don't you just change into different outfits. Black leather jacket bad one day. Be a surfer, dress up goth, be a rock star after that, a biker dude. You can change your look. Incidentally a friend of mine got Hep C from a tattoo. Also if you become a fugitive from the law, you will be easier to find.
Make sure they use "clean ink" and "clean needles". I that they use "new" ink or "new" needles. Nothing will make you more miserable than getting a disease or virus from needles or ink when getting a tattoo. You could get hepatitis which could destroy your liver and make you feel like like crap in your older years and could kill you early, or it could get you aids, or get you herpes, etc. Just be careful where you go to get a tattoo.
Ask your self one question. When Im 60 how will it look? Our body will become saggy and your tattoo will sag with it. Just keep that in mind. I have one but its on my lower stomach near my bikini line, so when im 60 and its moved nobody will know :)
Think long and hard about it. I got my first when I was 24 but wanted one since I was 14. I designed it myself and found a very reputable establishment to do it. Get it in an appropriate place, not one that may affect your finding a job, that sort of thing. Make sure you are being smart about it and you will not regret it!
Lots of pros and cons. Not all of these people are admitting to having one or not. I don't. Made it through my whole Navy career without one. I can't imagine what sort of art work I would want to look at every day and there's no statement I want to continuously broadcast. If other people can't see it,what's the use? Don't forget that it's for life and may adversely affect you in later years. I never heard of anyone being selected over anyone else because they had a pretty,poignant or artsy tattoo. Rather, I know some who have not been selected for a job because they were not 'presentable' to the public or did not represent the proper corporate image. This is a particular hazard for females. Bottom line: If you choose to get one make sure it's discreet and offends no one. Make sure it is something you can live with 30-40 years down the road. Can you feel comfortable in swim wear? Make sure you get it done professionally in a clean environment. It's not totally unlike surgery and you could die from the wrong infection. Finally, be proud of what you've got. if you feel a need to hide it or feel uncomfortable discussing it you made the wrong decision;..