You’ve been thinking about it for a while, and you want to get your first tattoo.
Let’s talk about how to make the experience one to remember for all the right reasons.
Here’s our ten step guide to getting your first tattoo.
1) Pick a Safe Studio
We want your experience to be memorable and pleasant, not a horror story.
Here’s how to choose a safe place to get a tattoo.
First, shop around and see what’s available. Get to know artists by following their Instagram feeds. Talk to friends with tats and see who they recommend.
If a place seems too cheap, it probably is. You’re likely to end up unhappy with the results or at risk of infection.
Then, visit the tattoo studios that appeal to you and ask questions.
Does the place look clean? Do they have an autoclave to sterilize equipment? Will they open a fresh needle right in front of you when it’s time to start working? Are the staff wearing gloves?
If you aren’t happy or comfortable with what you see, try somewhere else.
2) Preparing for Your Tattoo Appointment
What instructions did the tattoo parlor give you?
Depending on where you’ll get inked, you may have to shave. And then, you won’t be able to shave that spot again for a couple weeks.
Did you pick up a numbing cream? (Double-check that the artist doesn’t mind if you use one.)
Remember that some places are more sensitive than others. The backs of your knees, your ribs, and your face might not be best for the first time.Continue reading “10-Step Guide to Getting Your First Tattoo”