After that whole ordeal passed, I was set up, we drew out the idea, worked on it a bit, and then got prepped to start the tattoo. I had to uncomfortably lay on my side with one arm extended over my head for the whole thing. And yes, rib tattoos do hurt. I took a couple xanax to help me relax and blasted music on my headphones while watching Inglorious Basterds. Three hours later it was done.
I absolutely totally love my tattoos and I wouldn’t go back and change them ever. Even the silly flower I have on my foot from when I was 18, I still love and appreciate it because I’ll always remember when I got it and what it meant to me at the time.
Anyways, if you are on thinking about getting a tattoo, here are my tips for you.
Carefully decide on what you want to get, wait, and then come back to it.
Getting a tattoo can be spontaneous and fun, however, I have had some friends completely regret the decision. This is going to be on your body for the rest of your life. If it’s that important to you, waiting for a month (or more) won’t hurt.
Research a good tattoo artist and talk to them before you schedule.
I will totally only go to the same tattoo artist now that I’ve gone to him. We have a relationship and I like his work. Asking friends who have had tattoos (and if you like their tattoos) is a great resource. It’s also important to chat with them about what you want before you book something. Maybe you want a watercolor tattoo and their specialty is classic black and white. At that point it might be good to find another artist that is more comfortable with your style of tattoo and will get you better results.
Listen to the artist’s suggestions.
They’re the professional. For my elk tattoo, I wanted the elk to be running towards the outside of my body and my artist made a good suggestion that most tattoos look better symmetrically pointing towards the center of your body. He also suggested the silhouette of the trees on his feet. One of my favorite parts of my tattoo. Lastly, if you have concerns about the design or are unsure about an aspect of it, talk to them. They won’t (shouldn’t) mind going back to the drawing board with you.
Be prepared to pay for the quality of your tattoo.
Tattoos are not cheap. Generally, a good tattoo artist is going to charge a heftier fee. That should be worth the extra couple hundred to you. My hamsa tattoo cost me around $300 and my elk/northern lights tattoo cost me over $500 and it was totally worth it for me.
Take good care of them afterwards.
Tattoos can get infected and it’s pretty disgusting if they do. Listen to the artist’s aftercare instructions or read this for some good aftercare instructions.
Any questions for me about tattoos? Do you have any tattoos, and what are they?