Advice For Your First Tattoo: Dos and Don'ts

Advice For Your First Tattoo: Dos and Don'ts

Advice For Your First Tattoo: Dos and Don'ts

DO plan, plan and plan. When you book your appointment you"ll be wishing it was next week, but it's a good thing that you've got wait some time. It will give you time to really think about what you want, chat to your tattoo artist and get your design just right.

DO have a think yourself BEFORE you contact a tattooist. Consider where you want your tattoo and how big you'd like to go. Do you want it in colour? What style do you prefer? Which elements of the artist's work do you like and therefore want to include in your own tattoo? The last thing you want to do is make your artist re-draw something 10 times because you didn't think about the decision properly to begin with.

• DON'T scrimp. Save up. Don't be tempted to get a smaller, less quality tattoo because you want it quickly and haven't currently got the money. It's worth the wait and the payment. Enough said.

• DO Respect your artist in the process. The truth is that, when it comes to tattoo art, you're not the expert, they are! Let them do the creative thinking and listen to what they say will and won't work, and their recommendations on body placemnt. Trust them. Be open-minded. Listen to the experts.

• DO research. You can always trust an tattoo artist that's reputable and experienced, so your aim should be to get tattooed by one that is . Does their art look quality? Are their designs custom made? Has the studio been featured online before on tattoo blogs, websites or magazines? Seek out information. Get geeky about tattoos. Go to few tattoo conventions and be inspired. So, why go to all of this effort? ask. The truth is that for every great tattoo artist, there's a not-so-great one. In the industry we call these 'scratchers'. Make sure you're getting your new tattoo from a tattoo ARTIST. Someone who spends their evenings creating bespoke artwork for their clients, not someone who finds it on internet and copies it.

• DON'T forget that trends do fade. Barbed wire, angel wings on the back, tribal arm bands. 20 years ago these tattoos were the candy skulls, infinty symbols and pocket watches of today. Make sure you're getting something because you love it and will love it forever, not because it's trending on Instagram.

• DO remember that aftercare is vital. If you don't look after your tattoo properly, there is no going back. Post-tattoo you will have to spend a few weeks nurturing, cleaning and being super careful with your open wound. This might mean not going to the gym, lying in a certain way at night, or even (with foot tattoos) sitting on your bum for few days. It's worth it in the long run.

• DO love your ink. I may sound like the voice of doom with all these rules, but they are important and worth following. But also remember to be happy and love your new tattoo. In the future, don't spend hours antagonising over, " I wish I had got that in colour", "I wish that was a bit bigger", etc. Remember to love the reasoning behind your tattoos - the represent your memories, your personality and your journey through life.