Are you Really Ready for a Tattoo?

Getting tattooed is permanent… like REALLY permanent! Before you jump on the tattoo bandwagon, there are several things to consider. Are you really ready for a tattoo? You should think long and hard about getting your body altered in such a permanent way. Here are some things to consider before you get a tattoo.

Your Age

How old are you? Your age is actually a big factor in getting a tattoo. Many young people want to get a tattoo in their teens. However, the laws vary from state to state, and you need to be aware of the requirements before you start seeking a tattoo artist.

Your Career

What areyour career aspirations? Or do you already have a career? Before you get a tattoo you should be aware of the requirements or conditions regarding tattoos with your employer. If you are a student and will be starting a career or joining the military soon, you must research the guidelines for tattoos before you get inked. You don’t want a haphazard decision to ruin your chances of getting into the military or of having the job you were educated for. While tattoos are generally much more accepted in today’s society than in the past, many jobs still have restrictions on where they can be located and if they can show.

Reasons for wanting a Tattoo

Do you really understand your reasons for wanting a tattoo? Ask yourself why you want a tattoo. If it is because it is the popular thing to do or you just think it looks cool, you should probably hold off on getting that permanent picture on your skin. If you have a specific reason such as to memorialize someone or to demonstrate your love or passion of a person or activity, you may be ready. Tattoos should mean something. They are going to be with you for as long as you are you. One shouldn’t get a tattoo of a passing phase because you have to look at that thing until you are dead and gone.

Do some Research

Do some research before you get a tattoo. Be knowledgeable about the expected cost of a tattoo. Be aware of safety regulations in your state. Know what a good and safe tattoo artist does to perform their craft. Ask for customer recommendations of reputable tattoo parlors in your area. Visit the tattoo artist and watch them work. Do all of this BEFORE you get the tattoo. Do not trust someone to perform truly artistic and safe work if they do tattoos outside proper licensure and certification. Tattoos are done with needles which must be sterilized for safe work. Protect yourself by going to reputable shop with quality tattoo artists.

Are you really ready for a tattoo? If you have addressed all of these issues and can be assured you have handled all the details, go ahead and pick out your design and get started. You are more than ready!

 

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