Factors To Consider Before Getting A Tattoo

Before the decision to get a tattoo, carefully consider what you are doing. Think about whether or not you will like the ink in the future.

A tattoo is the most permanent accessory you can buy.While there are ways to remove a tattoo if you want to get rid of it, these procedures are extremely painful, costly, and time consuming.Before you get a tattoo, you should really do some careful introspection about your reasons for getting it.You should never get a tattoo to appease someone else, and you should think about how you will feel about the type of tattoo you are getting ten, twenty, thirty, or more years from now.Also, the placement of your tattoo is a critical decision because, for one, you may realize that you need to get one that can be easily concealed for your professional endeavors.

You have to think about where on your body you want to get your tattoo.Depending on your profession, you may want to get it in a discrete area, such as on your lower back or your torso.Women have even more to take into consideration.Pregnancy can drastically change the skin on a woman's stomach, so what may have started out as a cute flower tattoo in your mid-twenties could wind up looking like an indistinguishable blob after nine months of pregnancy.Stretch marks are somewhat permanent, and they are disastrous to the appearance of a tattoo, so women in particular should keep that in mind before tattooing their hips, breasts, or stomachs.Men who are considering tattooing a muscular bicep should also be realistic about the fact that the bulging muscles of today may not be as bulging a decade from now, so the tattoo could wind up looking very droopy and unattractive.

Getting a tattoo to appease someone else or because of an impulsive romantic whim is risky business.You should never agree to get a tattoo just because a group of friends has decided that it would be fun and exciting to go out and get tattoos together.Many people have done this and regretted it big time later on.It might seem like a wild bonding activity at the time, but if it is not something that you would want to do for yourself, it is not something that you should do in order to be part of the pack.If you want to be a supportive friend, then by all means, be there to hold your friend's hand if they want to get a tattoo.Getting a tattoo is a personal choice that should be made independently.


Do not rush into the decision; never get a tattoo the same day that you begin to consider it.Wait at least a few weeks, just to be sure that you aren't being rash.Many a regrettable tattoo has been gotten.For instance, there are a plethora of men and women who have to look at their ex-girlfriend or boyfriend's name tattooed on their body every day for the rest of their lives as the result of a momentary love-induced lapse of judgment.If you want to prove your love to someone, think about writing a sweet poem or getting a dozen roses, not permanently inscribing your beloved's name into your skin!

While the tattoo that you are thinking about getting may seem like something that you will love right now, you have to really think about whether or not you can be certain that you will love it in the future.For example, if you are thinking about getting a tattoo that is associated with one of your favorite musical groups, you have to consider the fact that you might not love that group forever.Was this band your favorite group five years ago, or even five months ago?Can you think of a band that you once loved, but that you don't even like now?You might think that your burning skull tattoo will be hip now, but what about ten years from now, when you are married with 2.5 kids and a dog?You might not want to have your little girl ask you about that one every time you go to the beach.If you are a trumpet player, and you have played almost all your life, and you want to get a trumpet tattoo on your ankle, then this is a much more logical decision because you can be sure that this is not a fleeting hobby.The decision is all yours; just make sure you give this decision the thought and consideration that it deserves.

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