The chinese symbol and band where my first ones I ever got at 17. The symbol is meant to mean love and I plan on having it extended with the symbols for friendship and sex either side of it. Why I hear you ask, well it is because I believe without friendship you can not have true love and you have to love someone to have the full enjoyment of sex, and I dont just mean the physical side of it . . wow that's pretty deep and meaningful for me but yep I do have a deep side lol.
Then there is my first norwegian tattoo. This was done in a town called Hamar, and I will not have a tattoo done there again or here in Norway for that matter.
I also have a dragon on my right shoulder which was done in memory of a friend after they where killed on their motorbike and a fairy which is in the centre of my shoulder blades. The fairy was done on my first trip to Orlando last year with 2 scrappy sisters. I will get pictures of them at some point and show you.
So your thinking of taking the plunge and getting a tattoo are you, well here are my top 12 tips on getting yourself inked.
- A tattoo lasts forever. Don't rush into your design decision and end up with a design you will regret. Join some online tattoo galleries to get ideas, and don't make an impulse decision. When in doubt, just slow down a little before you get the actual ink.
- If this is going to be your first tattoo, don't go big. Small tattoos can hold just as much personal expression as a large piece. Also, with only a little 'skin in the game', small tattoos are easier to work around later if you have a change of heart and need a cover-up
- If any of your friends have tattoos, talk to them to get an idea of how getting a tattoo was for them. Ask them questions... How much did it hurt? Who did your tattoo? Was the tattoo shop professional and clean? It's always best to talk to someone you know and trust.
4, YES,it's going to hurt. And, yes you will also bleed some. (It's worth it though trust me. ;-)) OK, the truth is, most locations aren't really that bad, especially if you're getting a small tattoo. It's also something of a 'good pain'. That is to say, you're enduring it for a special reason.
5,. If you are religious, is getting a tattoo going to be a problem for your faith? For example, tattoos are forbidden for Jews. In fact, if someone with a tattoo converts to Judaism, they can not be buried in a Jewish cemetery unless the tattoo is removed. Some Christians, beleive that getting a tattoo is contrary to God's call to honor our bodies, and are against the idea. Again, since tattoos are permanent, think about if there will be impacts for you.
6 Tattoos last longer than most relationships, so be wary of putting someone's name in your tattoo.
7. Most people, and especially people new to tattoos, should avoid getting tattoos, on their hands, neck, or head and face. In fact, most shops will refuse to do the work unless it is obvious you are already ‘in the tattoo game'.The artist knows the possible negative reaction people may have to tattoos, and placing them in a highly visible spot only increases the possibility.
8 The other concern with getting a hand or foot tattoo is the wear and contact that these areas of your body endure. For example, if you work with your hands, that would make a hand tattoo a poor choice. The tattoo will get distorted and would also be highly noticeable. For your feet, make sure you can commit to proper healing processes; eg. a 2-3 month process of being barefoot as much as possible and truly pampering your skin.
9. Relax! Worrying about picking the right design, the unknown level of pain, and whether you will enjoy your tattoo, will only make these negative things come true for you.
10. If your potential artist is evasive about answering questions, find another artist. As far as it relates to tattoos, a good tattooist will be able to answer any questions you have. They should also be polite and professional.
11 NEW, NEW, NEW - Cleanliness is next to godliness when it comes to tattoos. Your shop should be using new pots of ink and new needles (make sure they open the packets in front of you) for every customer. The tattoo instruments themselves should come straight from the autoclave. Anything less is risking infection.
12. CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN. This means you, the artist, the shop - everything. Make sure you're not sick, and don't skip your morning shower. The artist will be working closely, and you don't want to smell spicy! The artist should also wash his hands, wear gloves, and wipe down the area to be used before you sit down. Make sure the autoclave is working, and that in general, the shop looks clean. While your tattoo is healing, if you must touch it, wash your hands first.