Thinking about a tattoo? There are many considerations for your new venture. A poorly planned tattoo can become a lifelong nightmare. There are many issues that have to be thought through thoroughly before you can proceed with your plan. Let’s map out what you will need to consider, and help you make this important decision.
First of all, are you over the age of eighteen? If not, you will need your parent’s expressed permission to have the tattoo placed. The artist you choose will ask for identification verifying your age. Once he sees you are under eighteen years old you will be asked to bring back a signed permission slip. Save yourself the embarrassment and discuss the tattoo with your parents ahead of time. If they ask you to wait until you are eighteen, don’t get angry. Try to see it from their point of view, and use the extra time you will have to choose your top tattoo design. Take the positive approach, and consider yourself lucky to have the time to make a wise decision.
OK, so your over eighteen? Does your husband or partner like the idea? You better find out. Some people have a major aversion to body art. It can be so intense that getting a tattoo could end your relationship. Better talk it out and make sure there’s no risk of that happening here. Your partner may support your decision, and may even want to be involved in helping you choose your tattoo design and location. If so, let them, it can be erotic and exciting to do it together. Avoid getting matching tattoos unless you have an unbreakable lifetime commitment with this person. And most people don’t, even marriages have some risk of failure. You wouldn’t want to be the other half of nothing.
Next thing to consider, health risks. Yes, there are health risks to getting a tattoo. These can be lifelong as well. The first is hepatitis C, a chronic liver disease, that can eventually be fatal. It is a blood borne illness, and can be contracted from a dirty or poorly cleaned tattoo needle. The next is HIV, the precursor to AIDS, also a blood borne illness. With the same method of transmission. You can choose the cleanest tattoo parlor, the best artist, and he makes a mistake. Humans do this sometimes. The problem now becomes that you become ill, and it’s permanent. Ask yourself, will the tattoo be worth it now? Chances are you will be fine, most tattoo artists are well trained in cleansing and sterilizing their equipment. But, there are no guarantees, and you have to consider the possibility that it could happen to you.
So what do you plan on being when you grow up? What is your career now? How tolerant will your employer be of a visible tattoo? Better ask this question now, it will effect your financial future. Remember you will have the tattoo forever. Should you reconsider putting it in a visible location? It depends on what you do for a living. If you are a teacher, nurse, doctor, dentist, or anything along these professional lines then you should place your tattoo in a more private location. The again, if you work on motorcycles, are a mechanic, or an exotic dancer, the tattoo may give your business appearance a boost. It’s all in what you do or are planning to do. So think this through carefully before making a decision that you can’t undo.
Alright, you’re almost there. Can you afford to do this properly? Do not get a tattoo until you can afford a good artist, a top tattoo design, and the best tattoo parlor. You will need a couple of hundred dollars before you can even consider getting a tattoo. There are too many risks, as we’ve discussed, to being cheap and impulsive with a tattoo. You will get what you pay for, and chances are if you are cheap that you will suffer for a long time to come.
Hey, have you considered what it will look like when your eighty years old? Wrinkled skin and gravity compulsion included? You have, OK then, go for it grandma!