Tattoos are cool art-forms for self-expression. In a recent global survey, 38% of the respondents said they had at least one tattoo. The modern art of tattooing has been around for decades, and society now openly accepts tattoos, all be it with a few exceptions of conservative communities and individuals. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t stop you from getting whatever tattoo you like; however, here are some important considerations you should make before visiting your neighborhood’s tattoo shop.
Tattoos are Permanent
Tattoos are for life. So, once you ink a Greek symbol of strength on your shoulder, it will remain there forever. However, modern laser technology can remove permanent tattoos with impressive results. But the process is lengthy, painful, and expensive; many people who get started on tattoo removal sessions never see the whole process through.
So, before you decide on getting a tattoo, keep in mind that it will stay with you for a long time. A word of advice is to get something that relates to you permanently. For instance, don’t tattoo the name of your spouse or partner on your skin, because you never know – some relationships don’t last.
Why Are You Getting One?
Ask yourself why you want to get a tattoo in the first place. What does it really mean to you to have one? To many people, tattoos have deep meaning, and to some, they are just a mode of self-expression and a display of personality. Don’t get a tattoo just because you can or your friend is also getting one, find a good enough and convincing reason so that the process and final results can be meaningful.
While still on the subject of reason, it’s also important to understand what the symbols and signs on some tattoos mean before imprinting them on your skin. For instance, if you want to communicate strength and resilience, the actual Greek symbol of strength is an excellent choice.
Tattoos are not for everyone, medically speaking. If you happen to have an underlying skin condition, an oversensitive skin, or an allergic response to physical and chemical stimuli on the skin, you should consult your doctor or dermatologist before getting a tattoo.
Some people get nasty and painful reactions from the ink and needles. Others only experience a mild response characterized by itchiness, soreness, and irritation. A tattoo is really not worth taking a health risk; if your doctor says no for whatever reason, its best to respect his/her medical advice.
Tattoos are Not Cheap
Tattooing is an effort and time-intensive process. Tattoo artists can spend hours and even days working on a single tattoo; this makes tattoos quite expensive. Generally, the price of a tattoo depends on its size, where it’s placed, and the details in the design. But even small high-quality tattoos can set you back between $30 and $50.
In addition to the cost of the initial sessions, you also have to pay for tattoo aftercare services and products. Also, after a few years, tattoos begin to fade and need an ink retouch to restore their details and edges – this comes at a cost.
Brace for The Pain
You’re probably aware that getting a tattoo is a painful process, but just how painful is it? As it turns out, very painful indeed, you need to have a high pain threshold if you are going to go through with a tattoo. What you might not know is that the pain lingers on for the first few days of healing after leaving the tattoo shop. The pain levels largely depend on how sensitive the skin is where you’re getting tattooed, which varies from person to person.
This article should not discourage you from getting that tattoo you’ve always wanted – there is nothing wrong with tattoos. But, it’s important to know what to expect and understand what you’re getting into.