, 2022-09-15 11:14:17,
- I’ve gotten dozens of tattoos since I was 18 years old and I have advice for others getting inked.
- Your design doesn’t have to mean anything, but consider your artist’s opinion on placement.
- You often get what you pay for — and elbow tattoos hurt way more than thigh ones.
Getting a tattoo can be a huge step, whether it’s your first or your 200th.
I’m a heavily tattooed person who has spent over 60 hours getting inked, so I’ve learned a lot about the tattooing process.
Here are some things I think people should know before getting inked.
Do a lot of research if you want to find someone best suited for your tattooing needs
When looking for an artist, familiarize yourself with their portfolio, which you can usually find on their social media or their tattoo shop’s website.
Look at their aesthetic and the styles they specialize in — you’ll want to pick someone familiar with the type of design you’re looking to get.
Also, look at photos of just-completed tattoos and fully healed ones to get get a picture of their final designs and better conceptualize the healing process.
It’s also good to find a shop you are excited about — that might mean specifically choosing an LGBTQ- or BIPOC-owned business.
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