Your First Tattoo: Tips & Tricks for Beginners
Maybe you just turned 18 or maybe you just turned 40; getting your first tattoo is always exciting and a bit intimidating. We’re sure you’ve heard it’s going to hurt! We compiled our information from our own experiences and researches to help put your mind at ease, here is what to expect when getting inked (and a few tips).
The reviews are in
Everyone has an opinion and in this case, it could be beneficial to look up previous reviews of the artist or studio. Keep in mind more people are likely to post a negative review over a positive, so take everything you read with a grain of salt. It’s a good idea to have an open line of communication with your selected artist so they get a clear idea of what you expect and you will feel more comfortable with them, that will enhance your overall experience. Could you image a six-hour tattoo in silence?
Your tattoo is YOUR tattoo
Most people, especially first-timers, will put a lot of thought into getting just the right thing for themselves. You might feel pressured to get a tattoo that holds significance, but at the end of the day you have to see that tattoo more than anyone else; don’t get a tattoo and think you have to explain it to anyone else. You will be happiest with your tattoo if you go into knowing your opinion is the only one that matters.
Really look at the stencil
Before all is said and done (and on your body permanently) take a real moment to look at the stencil before the tattooing begins. If there’s anything you want changed that’s your moment to speak up.
Bringing a friend is okay, but leave the squad at home
We get it, you’re probably nervous and you don’t want to be tattooed for the first time without a friend (or your Mom, maybe) we’re not here to judge that. Out of courtesy to the man or woman that’s about to mark you for life, please do not bring a group of your friends. They will help no one. And you want your artist to be able to focus. Don’t look: If needles or blood freak you out DO NOT look while you are being tattooed. Even if you feel curious about it, don’t look. The mind is a powerful thing and if you look you will freak yourself out, just take a few deep breaths and remember you’ll be back at home watching Netflix in no time.
Drink after, Not before
You might want to take the edge off with a drink or two, or several. To get scientific: alcohol thins the blood, which can make you bleed more during the tattoo and that’s no good. Just keep your head clear, stay hydrated and by that we mean drink water.
Your experience will be as good or bad as you make it
If you go into the studio dreading what’s about to happen, odds are you will leave feeling the same way. The best piece of advice we have is to make the most out of the experience, go into it with optimism. Tattoo artists have some of the best stories so if you can conversate with your artist, you should. Embrace the unknown!