Tattoos: Dos and Don’ts

Think before you ink! It is easy to become so eager about a tattoo that you shorten the decision making the process and head straight to the tattoo studio, later with regrets you’ll live to tell about. With the following tattoo dos and don’ts, you can ensure that you do not make a decision that is going to haunt you forever. Remember, tattoos are permanent!

Let’s start with the things that you do want to do when getting a new tattoo.


  • Go to a professional tattoo artist. Although there are many talented individuals who perform tattoo work as a side job, it is always a big risk when you go to these professionals. Not only are there health risks, it is also anyone’s guess what the finished result will be. Protect yourself and always choose a pro for your tattoo.
  • Expect some pain. Although the intensity of the pain varies from one individual to the next, there is going to be some kind of discomfort when you get a tattoo. Be prepared and expect this so there are no surprises later down the line.
  • Plenty of research is necessary if you want to select the perfect tattoo. Remember that the tattoo is a new permanent fixture on your body that everyone can see. Make it count!
  • Consider kids temporary tattoos before the real thing. These tats for kids are easy to apply with water and a little bit of pressure and remove within a few days or sooner if you so desire. Starting with a temporary tattoo can help you feel the tattoo experience without any long-term commitment.
  • Take care of your tattoo after you get it. If you do not take care of the tattoo it is not going to look as good as it did while you were sitting in that tattoo chair. You also increase the risk of developing a skin infection if the tat is not taken care of.

Now for a few tattoo Don’ts:

  • Do not rush into the decision.
  • Do not allow anyone to talk you into getting a tattoo. It should be something that you want to do on your own free will without any influence from another person. This is forever; make sure that you are ready to make such a long commitment.
  • Don’t try to negotiate the price of a tattoo.
  • Don’t go to the studio after you’ve been drinking and definitely not when you are intoxicated. You’ll be a big nuisance to the tat artist and to others at the studio and you won’t get the tattoo that you want until your system is free of alcohol.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it: the dos and the don’ts of getting a new tattoo. Make sure that you keep a little list of these dos and don’ts, and always go into the studio with your best manners in place. But let loose and have a lot of fun because it is an experience you’re never going to forget.

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