Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Making Your First Tattoo Go Smoothly

By Pat Johnson

When you are deciding to get your first tattoo there are many things you need to be aware of. You want to ensure that you are looking out for your health and safety as well as making sure that you select something that you will be happy with for the rest of your life. By taking time in the planning process you can be sure that you are not subjected to any unwelcome surprises down the road.

Where to get your first tattoo done is an obvious, but no less important consideration. Many opt to get it done in their neighborhood or home town, while others will have it done while they are traveling so that they can commemorate the experience. Which ever you choose, be sure to make certain that the establishment is clean and sterile.

Be sure to ask the tattoo artist what his qualifications are. Find out if he is experienced or just learning. The best situation is if you know somebody who can give you a referral to a place where they had work done and were pleased with it.

You may not be completely satisfied with the final result of your first tattoo. In these circumstances it is handy if your tattoo parlor offers some sort of guarantee. Some do, and in those cases they will touch up what needs to be done until you are finally happy.

Prices can be pretty high for tattoos, especially the larger ones. You should do a little comparative shopping to get a feel for the market in your area. Don't choose a parlor just because it costs the least amount. Often a higher priced shop can charge those prices because their work is superior.

Feel comfortable asking questions. If your inquiries are brushed off or not taken seriously then you do not want to get your tattoo done there. This could be a red flag of the time and attention you will be given when it really matters.

If you heed the tips I have provided above then there is no reason why your first tattoo experience can't be a positive and rewarding one. - 16651

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