We don’t know for sure if diamonds are forever, but a tattoo is a long-term investment. Some cultures even hold the belief that tattoos are a permanent imprint of the soul. So if that’s what you’re going to do with your body, you need to know exactly what you want and who should be allowed to put that art on you, right? To help you plan your journey into the world of tattoos, here is a checklist.
One month prior to the date of making the tattoo
Find the perfect artist to work with. Take the time to go see them, even if they’re across town or across the state. Which artist should I choose? Make sure the licence is up to date first. It’s a common sight in the studios of many artists. There is no harm in saying for it if you don’t see it.
It’s worth spending some time looking at the artist’s previous works. We’ve all seen the viral memes spawned by tattoo goofs. Jokes are funny, but having a joke tattooed on your body is not. You can also request a sketch of your design from the artist, which you can then print out and examine.
Take a look around the workspace. You can read a lot about a place by how it is kept up. You’re about to have needles inserted into your skin and have ink that will last a lifetime. As a result, make certain you’re in a spot that’s free of germs and filth.
If you’re a woman, scheduling your appointment around your period is a smart idea. After your period, your pain threshold is at its highest, while it is at its lowest before you begin menstruating. You should make an appointment after you’ve finished your period.
In order to make it on time for the appointment,
Alcohol thins the blood, so don’t drink anything in the last 24 hours before the appointment. Heavy blood also makes it more difficult for your artist to draw due to excessive bleeding.
Make sure that no part of your outfit is too tight, so that your blood can flow freely through your body.
Before the procedure, the artist must open a new needle in front of you. This is extremely important. In order to reassure you that they are using disposable and safe needles, most artists do this automatically. To find out, you can always ask.
At this point in time
Stay cool. As difficult as it is to maintain a calm demeanour, it is possible to reduce the level of pain you feel by keeping your muscles relaxed.
Breathe! Downward strokes and shading are less painful than upward strokes and shading as the artist begins the work. Take a deep breath and relax throughout the entire process.
Talk. The escapist route is the best way to deal with pain, yes. Divert yourself from the pain by engaging in conversation with a friend or your favourite artist.
As soon as the procedure was completed,
Following the post-tattoo care instructions religiously is essential.
In order to avoid getting water on your tattoo, the artist will provide you with specific instructions. Depending on the severity of the wound, you will be given either an ointment or a bandage to aid in the healing process.
To prevent the tattoo from fading, stay out of the sun for a couple of days.
Do not allow anyone to get their hands on the tattoo, and do not even touch it yourself! If it starts to itch, that’s a good sign of healing, but don’t scratch your tat unless absolutely necessary.