Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ink Session: Getting Ready for Your First Tattoo

The decision to get your first tattoo is not an easy one, but when you're finally ready to take the plunge, there are a lot of things you have to think about. Tattoos are permanent and the getting inked is a very serious commitment. Here are a few tips to avoid regretting your first ink:  

Do your research on tattoo parlors, artists, and prices Getting a tattoo can be expensive, especially if you're getting it from big shot tattoo artists. However, you don’t want to choose the cheapest route right away. You have to do your research on the safety and skill of the artist and the parlor you're going to.  

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 Decide on the tattoo design and location carefully Tattoos don’t always have to mean anything. If you really like a design, you don't have to have any special attachment or sentimentality toward it. You can get a tattoo just because. However, this doesn't mean you shouldn't think it through. Finding the perfect design and where to get it inked are very important decisions to make.

Do not drink alcohol beforehand You might have the urge to drink alcohol to take the edge off the idea of getting your first tattoo, but don’t do it. Alcohol will make your blood thinner, making it easier for you to bleed. This may ruin your tattoo and won't make the process hurt any less.  

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 Prepare for pain Getting inked is no walk in the park. While some locations hurt less or more than others (depending on your pain threshold), the fact is it will hurt. Be prepared for it and know that it's okay to cry (or pass out).  

Hi! My name is Pamela Rothe and I'm a tattoo enthusiast with a dozen inks and counting. Follow me on Facebook for more articles on tattoos and body art.


  1. This remind me of my first tattoo experience. It's just so painful I couldn't breathe! God knows how many water breaks I took during that time. Lol!

  2. I would say that it is always good to share your experiences to reinforce ideas and principles to people, like this one. Thanks for sharing. I guess pain is part of the game. :)