According to one study, about 25% of 18-to-30 year olds have a tattoo. In the past, they had a negative stigma because they were often associated with rebels and gangsters. For the most part, this is no longer the case. People from almost every profession have them. However, getting one you should think seriously about its possible consequences. They can cause long-term skin damage. You should do the following 7 things before getting one.

Ask Yourself Why You Want To Get One

It is important to be honest with yourself when you are considering being inked up. Once you have one, it is almost impossible to eliminate it. Are you getting one because you want to be a part of the "popular" crowd? Do you want to make a political statement with it? Are you honoring a loved one? Can you imagine yourself wanting it for the rest of your life? You should consider the pros and cons of getting it, and then make a decision. Do not get one because other people think that you should. Make the choice that you feel is best for you. Caution:Getting inked can give you a disadvantage in pursuing your career because some employers frown on tattoos. Get it for the right reasons.

Be Honest With Yourself About Your Pain Threshold

If you cannot tolerate a lot of pain, then you probably should not get inked. If the thought of a doctor giving you a shot scares you, then maybe you should forget about getting one. If you think that you need someone to go with you to the studio for support, then you should reconsider the idea. They can cause scar tissue or skin irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. 

Do Some Research On Tattooing

Learn as much as you can about the procedures. Educate yourself about tattoo designs, how much they cost, and the long-term effects of them. Research the different types of needles that are used and find out the advantages and disadvantages of each. Find out how much time it may take to get yours. Take your time in doing research because you want to have the best possible experience that you can.

Hire A Professional Artist

If it is not done properly, it can do damage to your skin. Do not hire an amateur to do it. An amateur may puncture your skin improperly, and cause unnecessary pain. Hire the best professional tattoo artist that you can find and make sure that they are licensed. Research how long they have been in business if they have had numerous complaints from clients. If you know someone that has received a one from your local tattoo artist, ask them about the quality of their work. Ask them if they were satified with their ink. Search the Internet and look for professional tattoo organizations that can educate you on proper sterile tecniques and procedures.

Relax On Ink Day

If you are nervous about getting inked up, you should consider practicing visualization before arriving at the studio. Visualize yourself being inked and being happy with your work of art. See yourself not feeling pain and walking out with a smile on your face. This will help you relax and put you in a better state of mind. Before the artist inks you, take a deep breath, think positive thoughts, and sit still. If you move too much, you will make the job of your artist even harder. The odds will also be greater that you will receive a substandard design. Stay calm and focused and you will increase the chances of your art turning out well.

Try Avoiding Sunlight

After receiving it, you should avoid sunlight as often as possible. Your skin is very sensitive, and it can also damage or fade your tattoos. You have spent good money on it,  and you want it to last a long time. Make sure that you wear clothing that covers it up. You should also be careful when swimming, because it can affect your ink. According to one study, it takes 2-4 weeks for it to heal. Caution:If it has not healed after one month, contact your doctor.

Provide Maintenance 

While it is healing, it is important that you keep it dry and clean. You should take off your bandage within 24 hours. Within the first week, you will probably experience tremendous swelling and itching. Do not scratch because it will make you feel more pain. Wash and dry it gently with clean paper towels. Keep it clean with antibacterial soap and use antibiotic ointments or creams to help reduce the risk of infection. Over time, they fade, and you may want a touch up done. This will be much easier if you have maitained your art properly. Before you leave the studio, you should ask your artist tips about properly maintaining it.

Before you get it, think long and hard about why you are getting one. Remember, once you get inked up, it is probably permanent. If you decide to get your art removed, it is almost impossible to erase it. There are some good removal creams and if you no longer want it, do some research on these products. Find the best one for you. Be honest with yourself about your pain threshold. Do some research on tattooing. Hire a licensed artist and do not have yours done by an amateur. Relax on your ink day and get yourself into the right frame of mind. Try avoiding sunlight because it can damage them. Provide maintenance for it and follow the advice of your artist. If you do these 7 things, it will increase your chances of having a pleasurable experience.