Tattoos seem to be a popular New Year’s resolution for 2017. I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about getting their first or next tattoo this year, which I find really awesome.
I’ve been getting tattoos for about a decade now and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. So if you’re considering getting your first tattoo this year, here’s a few tips to make the process more enjoyable.
Keep your design in your head for six months
I’m not here to remind you that tattoos are permanent. Obviously you already know that. But the best way to avoid tattoo regret is to take your time and reflect on any tattoo idea for six months before getting inked. If you still want that design or quote after giving it six months for the shine to wear off, then it’s worth getting.
Eat before your appointment
And don’t go hungover. Tattoos are wounds and your body needs to be strong in order to keep you from puking or passing out during your session. Eat some protein and stay hydrated.
Tip your artist twenty percent
Tattoos are expensive, so you might be reluctant to tack on another charge. Tip your artist. By the time all their expenses are taken out, they really aren’t earning that much for the several hours they spent carefully detailing your new tattoo. So show them that you value their time and talent.
Follow the aftercare instructions
Like I said before, a tattoo is a wound. Your body needs to heal and if you don’t take care of it, it can become infected. So read the aftercare information the tattoo parlor gives you and follow it. Apply antibacterial cream and keep it clean.
Seriously! When it scabs over and itches, don’t pick at it. It’s so tempting, but don’t do it. It’ll hurt and you’ll ruin your tattoo! Try to keep your mind off of it by thinking about how amazing your tattoo will look once it’s healed.
Are you planning to get a new tattoo in 2017? What are you getting? Let me know in the comments!