What To Expect When Getting A Tattoo

Thursday, March 25, 2021


Getting a tattoo can be a big thing; it can mean a lot to you, to finally get something etched into your skin for the rest of your life, and to carry around a symbol of your love for something or someone in such a permanent manner. But before you go ahead, you need to do some research! Of course, you need to have a design ready to go, but there are a few more steps involved. With that in mind, here are the main points you need to know about the process of getting a tattoo.

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Choosing a Studio

You need to choose the studio you’re going to use just right, as you want to feel safe when getting your tattoo applied. Picking a studio usually means picking the artist you’d like to work with. Maybe you like their tattoo designs, maybe they were recommended by a friend. Either way, make sure you dig into the artist’s history, and see examples of their other work, and never ignore a bad review!

The Setup

Once you’re sure you’ve found a studio and the right artist to work with, make sure you know what to expect from here on out. Namely, what the setup for the tattoo is going to be like. First, the artist will make sure you have an ID to prove your age, if this is your first time at the studio, and they should be able to keep a copy on file if you come back. Then they’ll have you fill out and sign an agreement, and then print out your tattoo stencil for application.

Next, the artist will clean and potentially shave the area where you want the tattoo. Similarly, they’ll use something known as barrier gel to both further clean the application area, and help the tattoo stencil to stick to your skin. Once that has been fitted into place, and you’re happy to proceed, you’ll sit or lie in the chair in a comfortable position, and the artist will get to work. Don’t worry, they’ll ask if you’re OK before they get going, and you can take a break any time you need to!

Dealing with the Pain

And of course, we have to talk about the pain - even if you’re someone with a high pain threshold, it can be quite hard to sit still for an hour or two on end, being repeatedly jabbed with a needle.

But where are the most painful tattoo sites on the body? Everyone is different, but think of where your body is sensitive - armpits, inner elbow, behind the knee, inner thigh, anywhere on your foot, etc. Whilst these places may be good for small, 10 minute tattoos, these will be incredibly painful when sitting through a large or extensive tattoo.

When you realise you’re ready to get a tattoo, after wanting one for months or years on end, it’s a very good idea to do some research before you walk into a studio!

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