Getting Tattoos Is A Forever Commitment, So Avoid These Mistakes

You’ve thought long and hard about it — and now you’re ready to get your very first tattoo.

It can be an intimidating feeling but you can’t help but to feel excited and nervous at the same time. Whether you’ve decided to get inked to honour a place or person, or maybe even because they look super cool, the one thing you should do before choosing a design is definitely some research first.

Here’s everything you need to know before, during and after getting a tattoo:

1. Tattoo Placement 

We know many people who are impulsive in getting a tattoo and rarely thinks of the future. It’s important that you take note on whether getting a tattoo will affect your career one day. For instance, if you’re venturing in the hospitality industry, getting a tattoo on your wrists may not be the most ideal spot for your tattoo. Consider getting the first tattoo in a hidden spot on your body (like at the back) to make it easier for you to cover.

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2. “No Ragrets”

Remember that infamous meme from the movie We’re The Millers, where the guy’s tattoo mistakenly wrote, “No Ragrets”? Yeaaa! Take the time to really figure out what design you actually want. Don’t rush into getting a design that may bore you in 5 years! If you’re getting quotes, words or names, check for the correct spelling.

You can also seek consultation from the tattoo artist. They’ll be more than happy to assist you with your tattoo vision.

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3. Don’t Go Cheap 

Just like the quote, “You get what you pay for” – Never be a cheapo especially when it comes to tattoos. Inks can be a pretty costly art to get. Depending on the size of the artwork and the tattoo artist’s reputation, the price could range from RM 200 to RM 1 000++.

Quality is essential and in order to get the best tats, you’ll have to get from the best artist! Essentially, their service may be slightly higher but you can’t discount the skills that they’ve built for years.

While you may save a few bucks by opting for a less reputable artist, the quality may not be as great and could potentially be unsanitary which would lead to allergic reactions. You’re altering your body for life. If that’s not worth a decent investment, then you should probably think twice about your decision.

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4. Check For Skin Allergies 

Never take skin allergies for granted because you could also be allergic to tattoo pigments. People with chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema can trigger itchiness, bumps and rashes that flares up for days, months or even years. Consult your doctor for advice and if at any point you feel a slight of uneasiness, don’t be afraid to abort the mission.

5. The Pain Is Real 

It will hurt, no doubt. Anyone who says otherwise is either lying or a masochistic. Let’s be real, the process involves multiple needles puncturing your skin to insert ink. We don’t know about you but that sounds pain! Since it’s your very first tattoo, you could start by inking the tats on least painful areas like arms, body backs and yes, at your booty.

A board-certified celebrity dermatologist, Robert Anolik remarked, “You can take things like over-the-counter painkillers, but the sharp pain you have at the surface of the skin will still most likely be felt during the procedure.”

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6. Aftercare Commitment 

A new tattoo is basically still an open wound that needs the right aftercare to fully heal. You will need to wash it a few times a day with antibacterial soap and to regularly apply moisturiser on it. Other than that, be prepared to fight the urge to scratch your new tat because of the “old skin” that’s peeling. Avoid seafood and eggs or it will make the area more itchy.

If you’ve successfully made your way to the bottom of this article,  you’re ready for that long term tattoo commitment!