(Last Updated On: June 15, 2019)

Getting a tattoo should not be an impulse action. The small or large piece of art is going to be on your body for the rest of your life, so you should carefully consider some things before sitting down in the chair. Here are some of my very best advice for those who want to get a tattoo:

1. Know what you want to get tattooed

Times do change, you will change, but the tattoo will be the same year after year, so it’s not like cutting your hair that grows out again. Tattooing is incredibly difficult and expensive to get rid of if you regret it one day.

Trends come and go, but a tattoo is permanent!

Read my 5 Solid Solutions when You have a Really BAD Tattoo.

Be patient in your quest for your tattoo. Do not decide impulsively on the first and “best” image you find. When choosing a motive, the possibilities are many. If you choose a finished drawing (also called flash), chances are huge for more people to have the same. Are you looking for something special (custom), take your time to find a tattoo artist that has a style that you really love. Always ask to have a look at the work that the artist has made. Now, most tattoo artists have their own galleries on Instagram. Here’s mine.

Tattoo portfolio at attitude.no
Tattoo portfolio at attitude.no

It’s very common to choose a motive a bit too small the first time, which is very easy to regret. I usually say that the tattoo shrinks mentally after a while because you get used to it. Most then wish it was bigger. Dare to think a bit bigger right away, choose a size that looks pretty on the body part you want to decorate, and don’t be afraid to listen to the artist when it comes to the size.

Another important thing is never to let anyone else influence you too much at the choice of either subject or size. It’s your body and your tattoo so you decide. But the tattoo artist, of course, has more experience with regard to what is physically possible and what lasts. And the smaller tattoo you take, the fewer details you can have in it.

2. Think about the Tattoo placement.

Most people who know what they want to get tattooed, know where they want it to be. The first thought you receive is usually the best one for you. Select a location that feels right for you. Think about if you want it to be visible for everyone, or just for yourself, front or back of the body, symmetrical or not, big or small etc…

I recommend keeping away from your throat, hands, and face if you are not already covered with tattoos. Such a placement usually does not fit for young people who may not have found the way of life yet. Even though we are experiencing an ever-increasing acceptance of heavily tattooed people in Scandinavia, it’s not necessarily so everywhere in the world. One can experience on foreign trips that tattoos are still stigmatized and face many prejudices. At worst, you will not get out of the airport.

When I tattooed Mac Miller
When I tattooed Mac Miller

3. Choose the right Tattoo artist for YOU!

First and foremost, when you know what you want to get tattooed on your body, you need to find the tattoo artist who does your style the best. Ask around a little and find a tattoo artist you feel comfortable with. But remember, that even if your friend is super happy with their tattoo, does not guarantee that you will be as happy if that tattoo artist isn’t a specialist on the style you want.

Of course, there are many factors that make your favorite artists, such as personality, location, drawing skills or good reputation, but whoever you decide to go to, make sure the tattoo artist works at a well-established tattoo studio and follows the regulation laws.

Do not be fooled by a friend of a friend who tattoos at home, and will most likely result in problems, even fatal at worst. If you go to an inexperienced tattooer, you may end up with Hepatitis, HIV, MRCA, Syphilis, Tuberculosis, ugly infections or, at best, an ugly tattoo that is difficult and expensive to remove. Again, here’s: 5 Solid Solutions when You have a Really BAD Tattoo.

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4. Don’t let the Tattoo price rule your choice!

Quality is not measured in time. A good tattoo artist is effective, as they have full control over what they are doing. To be proud of your new tattoo will linger on long after the price is forgotten. You can, of course, inquire about the prices of different studios as this may vary. But remember that you get the quality you pay for. Price on tattooing is usually measured by size and detail. For larger projects, one can often agree on hourly rates. From an artistic point of view, money should not be the deciding factor when tattooing lasts a lifetime.

5. Tattoo Preparations 

If you easily faint, have Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disease or other conditions you are unsure of, let the tattoo artist know about this BEFORE you get tattooed. Do not get tattooed if you are Pregnant, or Breastfeeding. Mariuhana, Pills, Alcohol, and Chemicals do not belong in your body when getting tattooed, on the other hand, a good meal, personal hygiene, and clothing that exposes the area to be tattooed is a good way to prepare. Feel free to bring a chocolate bar, banana or soda so that you can get your blood sugar up if you feel the need. If you are ill you should wait until you are healthy, because then the tattoo process and the healing process will go much better.

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6. Yes, tattoos hurt!

The tattoo ink is stabbed with needles about 2mm into the skin, and this hurts a bit depending on where on your body you are getting the tattoo. However, the pain difference is so individual that you should have your tattoo done wherever you want it. How bad it does hurt varies from person to person, and from place to place on the body. Most are actually positively surprised at how little pain it is in relation to what they had believed. If you feel the need for a numbing creme, first you should ask the artist if they are comfortable tattooing you when numb. Then I would recommend Dr. Numb for the best numbing effect.

7. The tattoo is an open wound!

Avoid direct sunlight, solarium, bath, salt water, chlorine water etc at least 3-4 weeks … Do not scratch and touch the tattoo throughout the healing process. Be extra careful near children or animals that can touch, scratch or spread bacterias to the tattoo. I highly recommend my favorite Aftercare TattooMed for taking the best care for your tattoo.

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