So, you want to get inked? Great. But tattoos are painful to get and they last forever. Unless, of course, you go in for laser treatment, which would hurt and cost even more. Before getting a tattoo, you need to be sure of the design and also the place from where you are going to get it done. It won’t hurt to shell out a few extra bucks to get an experienced tattoo artist for the job as you would not like to sport a tattoo that’s badly done. Besides that, here are other few things you need to keep in mind before getting your first tattoo.
Only if you have a high threshold for pain, should you consider getting a tattoo close to a bone. They hurt more and may not be the ideal choice if you are getting inked for the first time.
Once you have finalized the design and are set to get your tattoo, ensure that the artist takes out a fresh needle. If he does use a used one, there are chances of you getting an infection.
Do not consume alcohol for at least 48 hours before getting inked. This is a piece of advice every tattoo artist will give you because if you have alcohol in your bloodstream, the process will be more painful.
The after-care is equally important. As the skin heals, you need to apply moisturizer at least thrice a day to prevent it from drying up. Also, do not pick at the scabs as it will simply ruin your tattoo.
Your tattoo cannot be submerged in water until it completely heals. Covering it with plastic while taking a shower is your best option.