18 Things You Need To Know Before You Get Your First Tattoo

If you’ve never gotten a tattoo before, getting one for the first time can seem daunting. Well, fear not fellow adventurers, I just got my first tattoo, and I have no regrets. In fact, I loved it.

Since I had a few questions beforehand, and during the process, I thought it’d be a good idea to share what I learned, just in case someone out there needs some reassurance. To further assure you that it’s not as bad as you think, here are a few tips on what to do before, during, and after getting a tattoo. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make cool stuff for girls

Before you get a tattoo:

  1. Know what you want (and where you want it). Or at least have an idea. Do a little research and think about it – it will be inked onto you forever. But it’s also easier for the artist if you know what you want; bring pictures for them to see, explain what you want, and they’ll draw it out for you until it’s the design that you want. Keep in mind this might take a while. Speaking of which… cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make cool stuff for girls
  2. Don’t think you’ll just be in and out. If it’s a small, simple tattoo, true it might not take very long. But depending on how busy the shop is, you may have to wait an hour or so. If your design is more complicated, you may have to schedule an appointment for another day. Some tattoos take multiple sessions depending on the size and detail. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make cool stuff for girls
  3. Prepare the night before. For instance, don’t drink heavily (preferably not at all) because it can thin your blood. Go to bed at a decent hour so you can get plenty of rest. Depending on where you’re getting your tattoo and how long it takes, you might have to sit or lay in an uncomfortable position for an extended period of time. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make cool stuff for girls
  4. Eat something before the task and remember to drink lots of water. You want something in your stomach, and you want to stay hydrated. Even if you’ve gotten a tattoo before, it’s still a good idea to do so. Otherwise, you might risk passing out. You also might have to wait a while, so you might even want to bring a snack (I did). cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make cool stuff for girls
  5. If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor about it. You might need a doctor’s note at the shop. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make cool stuff for girls
  6. Make sure you have the money. Some tattoos can be only $50, but others can be several hundred, so make sure you can afford the tattoo you want. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make cool stuff for girls
  7. Not every shop requires tips, but have money for a tip anyway. The artists put their time, effort and talent into giving you something you’ll treasure forever; you should tip them.cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make cool stuff for girls
  8. Remember to bring your ID. You must be eighteen to get a tattoo. If you’re not, you need to bring a parent with you. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make cool stuff for girls
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