Things to Consider Before Getting Your First Tattoo

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There are two sorts of people in the world, those with tattoos (single or multiple) and those who don’t have any. 

Whether you have any or not doesn’t change who you are as a person but it does often change the way people perceive you. I’ve always loved tattoos. As soon as my 18th birthday came I found myself looking for hours online at my dream tattoos. Granted, I’m not wanting to get a full-body full of them but I have always said I’ve wanted a few.

After over a year of debating with myself on what style and type to get, I jumped into the deep end – without planning or even knowing the real reason, I got my first tattoo. Don’t ask me what it means or why I got it, I just did. That’s something I’m extremely proud of myself for, just getting one. If you’re anything like me and you’re considering a tattoo then there are probably a million questions running around in your head. That’s fine, I just want to help you out with the things you should really be considering before you get your first tattoo.

You don’t have to have a reason for getting a cool design.

If you love a certain piece a tattoo artist has created (or even one you’ve designed) then you don’t have to justify it to yourself with a reason. Judgemental people might ask you what your tattoos mean but all you need to say back is that you liked it. The deal is that you know what you’re getting yourself into, a tattoo is for life. If you realise it’s with you forever but you still love it then there’s literally nothing stopping you!

It’s going to hurt, a lot.

No matter what anyone ever says about it not hurting, they’re lying. It’s kills, take someone with you who doesn’t mind their hand falling off from the loss of blood when you squeeze their hand hard. I’ve always thought I had a good pain threshold but after getting my first tattoo I realised that’s probably a load of shit. Don’t let this put you off, you’ve just got to remember that after all the hurting and pain, you get a really lovely piece of artwork on you for the rest of your life. I’d say it’s worth the pain.

It’s not going to drastically change you as a person.

You’ll know why you want a tattoo if it’s because you want to change yourself or your outlook then this isn’t the way to do it. I haven’t stopped looking at my tattoo but I can honestly say it hasn’t changed who I am at all. Whether you have 50 or 2 tattoos, it doesn’t matter. You’ll still walk out of that tattoo parlour who you went in as, just maybe with a permanent piece of art on your body now.

Don’t get anything you’ll regret.

I know right, I sound like your mum. However, it’s true. You don’t want some partners name or even something as simple as a swear-word on your body. Things that can change aren’t good on your body forever. That ‘Debbie’ right across your chest might sound like a good idea at 19 but when you’re 67, your skin is sagging and Debbie has left you for a toy-boy, you’ll regret it. Trust me.

Think about your job prospects.

Again, I might sound like a mother but it’s so true. If you’re only young you need to think of the consequences of what you put onto your body. Depending on the career you want, you might not be able to get tattoos or only be able to get them in certain places. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, make sure you’re not getting a tattoo just to get it removed in later life. Thinking of becoming an air host/hostess with a tattoo? Think again. Currently, there is a ban of tattoos for cabin crew, meaning that if you have a tattoo and you want to work for airlines, you won’t be able too. It’s as simple as that.

It’ll be one of the best decisions of your life.

This might not be something to consider before getting it but it’s something you’ll wonder. Nothing in your life will change after you’ve got it but I honestly think it gives you more confidence and makes you feel a little special. Tattoos are unique to everyone and after you’ve taken the plunge to get one then you’ll realise how much of a good idea it was.

Check out Curtis who done my tattoo on Wednesday. He’s so amazing and is always doing offers on tattoos in case money is the reason you haven’t got one yet!

If you’re still unsure about getting a tattoo and you need to talk to someone about the decision then there are so many people! Be open and explore all your ideas with anyone you know.

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