You want to try something new this year and have been considering the concept of body art. Here are eight things you should know before making an appointment with a tattoo artist and visiting your local parlor.
- Age Requirements Prevail
Laws prohibit minors from getting permanent body art. There is no such thing as having your parents sign a permission slip so that you can have the tattoo of your choosing. You must be 18 years or older to have your favorite image or phrase inked into your skin.
- Bargain Hunting is Bad
Remember that a tattoo involves the artist grinding a needle dripping with ink into your skin. You want to make sure that he understands every aspect of the process, which includes sterility. Some creatives who offer discounts are beginning their journey in the industry and may not see the need to use a new pack of needles after every use. Such lack of knowledge or concern can lead to infection and significant health problems. It is best to search for an artist who is both reasonable and proficient rather than someone who just offers steep discounts.
- The Parlor Speaks Volumes
An edifice with overflowing trash bins, bloody towels, and a stench that turns your stomach is a clear indication of the type of care the artist will invest in the health of your open wound. Just as you would expect a hospital to look and smell pure, you should also expect your tattoo parlor to be spotless.
- Session Times Vary by Design
A small name stamp can take anywhere from five to 30 minutes for an artist to complete. A large tattoo, on the other hand, may require more than one session as the design’s complexity may take several hours to finish.
- A Tattoo Design Should Never be Spur of the Moment
Laser surgery makes it easier to cover up unwanted tattoos in this day and age. It is important, however, to note that such operation is expensive and may leave a permanent mark that denotes your mistake. You are especially at a disadvantage if you are among the many who cannot afford laser surgery. You, like the others, will have to invest in a replacement tattoo to cover up the design that does not satisfy your fashion needs. The heartache of reversing a bad tattoo design is why you should take extra care when deciding on a style. Consider the design for several months before giving an artist the green light to operate.
- Give Your Tattoo Time to Heal
New ink jobs take at least two weeks to heal. You should not plan on prematurely showing off your design as such anxiousness can lead to infection due to excessive exposure to the sun.
- Touch Ups are Common
A tattoo is much like hair coloring in that touch ups are necessary for the look to remain fresh. The good news is that you probably won’t need to invest in a tattoo touch up as often as you would hair coloring retouches since ink fades as skin layers shed, which is much slower than the hair growth process.
- Pain is Inevitable but Not the Same
There is a degree of pain associated with every tattoo. How much or little distress, however, depends on the placement of the body art. Tattoos located in areas where the skin is thinner, such as near the wrist, come with more pain than those carved out on the leg where the skin is thicker.