People planning to get their first tattoo often experience mixed emotions. The urge to head to the nearby parlour to get the first tattoo done can be tempting, but one must remember that it will last for a lifetime.
One must do their homework and think about it several times before they get inked to make sure it isn’t an impulsive decision made in a momentary state of mind.
Celebrity tattoo artists, Vikas and Mickey Malani, Co-founders of BodyCanvas Tattoos have rounded up some important points that need to be considered before getting inked.
Choice of tattoo design: Tattoos are forever! It is a permanent piece of art on the skin! One should go in for a personalized, meaningful design and take suggestions from the tattoo artist as well. It should never be done in a hurry. They must think over it and be convinced about the design they want because their mood and state of mind might be temporary but the tattoo is permanent. We would definitely not recommend getting one’s boyfriends/girlfriend’s name tattooed on them. One should never regret getting any of their tattoos.
Choosing the artist: Just because a tattoo shop is in your neighbourhood, it doesn’t mean you have to get it done there itself. Make sure you’ve done enough research about the place before you get the tattoo done. It is important to check the reviews, authenticity and work of tattoo artist/ studio. Once you find a reputed artist, visit the studio for a consultation. It is also important to feel comfortable at the parlour and share a bond with the artist.
Inspecting the studio: The most important thing about getting a tattoo, is to get it done at a safe and hygienic shop to avoid catching any infection or other diseases. The shop should be clutter-free and may smell good. But, one needs to make sure that all tools are sanitised and a fresh needle must be opened in front of the client. So you need to be alert and do your inspection of the studio with regards to cleanliness, while you are at the studio for consultation.
Follow proper aftercare instructions: We surely don’t want to scare you, but, it is true that things can take a wrong turn if that beautifully done tattoo is not taken care of properly. So take care of your tattoo and religiously follow aftercare instructions given by your tattoo artist....