Thinking of getting a tattoo? You are a very creative person. If you like self-expression, then getting a tattoo is for you! Your sister has a nice rose tattoo on her right ankle, but you want something more that will really represent YOU!
Fear not! There is a first time for everything, just like the first time you ever rode a bike. Sure you fell off and scraped your knee, but now you can ride your bike anywhere and show off your skills! Just like a tattoo, it may hurt the first time, but you will love the results and, trust me, you will end up getting more.
If you are seriously considering a tattoo, you first need to find a place to get a tattoo. If you live in Colorado, for example, you need to find the best tattoo shops in Denver and proceed from there.
As a novice, you should keep some of these in mind:
- Don’t be pressured by peers of what tattoo to get
- Research the shop and check out reviews
- Research designs and find one that really POPS out for you
- Don’t be afraid to ask a question
- Find out which area of your body you would like the tattoo
- Don’t go for cheap; go for quality
- Take a friend who has already got one with you
- Support and mental preparation is encouraged
Also, check out local artists. Most of them have biographies and an established clientele.
There are so many catalogs and ideas to browse from. The search can be quite daunting unless you know what you are looking for. Getting a rose is always nice, or perhaps a skull? Many people choose to get sayings. Here are some of the popular ones:
Some popular tattoo sayings:
- Lead me not into temptation
- Walk by faith, not by sight
- Even angels fall
- Through every dark night, there is a brighter day
- She flies by her own wings
- Love me for who I am
- Do what you love
This one is my personal favorite quote: “We accept the love we think we deserve.” How true it is.
Images can really identify your unique personality or self-awareness and personal expression. Some images can be just for pure fun and some are classics that will never go out of style.
Some popular tattoo images:
- Flower design
- Flying birds
- Cross and ribbon
Of course my personal favorite Butterflies! Who doesn’t love a butterfly tattoo!
- American Eagle
- Fantasy scene
- Marvel comic heroes
Biomechanics can be real bad-ass! A biomechanical tattoo is a form of body art that combines images of robotics or machine parts while revealing the insides of the human body.
Tattoos have been a way for individuals to express themselves for centuries; from the iceman dating back to 2000 B.C., to the Maori’s, the indigenous people of New Zealand. They have a rich culture in art and tattoos and inspired many of the modern day tattoo artists.
How young is too young?
Before 2012, tattooing was allowed for any minor under 16 years of age as long as they had consent from either parent. Different states have different laws, but for the most part, the majority age must be 18 years of age in the United States with consent from either parent.
Mind you, there has been some controversy about children at the age of 11 getting tongue piercings. It can be acceptable to some, but other people look at this as taboo and shun the parental figure of the child to be negligent.
Professional tattoo artists typically charge per hour. The cost can start from $50.00 an hour to possibly $300.00, depending, of course, on the design and how much time and work is needed. Keep in mind that a good tattoo artist will take their time to guarantee you get 100% satisfaction.
Once you get that tattoo, whether it is a rose or a skull or some significant saying to you personally, it is permanent! You can’t wash it off! This is why it is recommend to do your research and go into the tattoo shop sober and of your own free will!
Do what makes you happy
Ultimately it is your choice. It is your body and if it makes you happy, don’t let anyone judge you. If you feel that you can express yourself with a tattoo on your body, then go for it!