If you're about to get your first tattoo, then there's a few things you should consider first. In this guide, we are going to talk about choosing the location and design of your tattoo, and whether getting a tattoo is painful – as this is a common concern for many people getting their first one. By the time you have finished reading, you are going to feel much better prepared.

Choosing the location of your tattoo is one of the first things you should decide. Do you want it somewhere highly visible? Or somewhere that can be easily hidden? Remember that it's there for life, so you need to take your time to consider exactly where you want it. Something to bear in mind is that many first-timers decide to get something small so it's easy to hide away, or perhaps they are worried about the pain. This is fine if you really want a small design – but remember it is going to be there for a very long time. So if you would really prefer something larger, it's worth enduring a few extra minutes of discomfort to get something that you will be really happy with.

You will also need to choose a design. Your local tattoo artist should have several books available for you to browse through, as well as a portfolio of their work. However, it's becoming more and more popular to find your new tattoo design on the internet. There's millions of designs online, both free ones and paid-for designs. It's never been easier to find exactly what you're looking for, but it may take some time to browse through all of your options.

Finally, there is the issue of pain. It's natural to feel nervous about your very first tattoo, as you have no idea what it feels like. Some people claim the process is painful, while others barely notice. This is because pain is subjective. The feeling is sometimes described as a scratching sensation – similar to a cat scratch. The pain is certainly bearable for the vast majority of people. The fact that many people get several tattoos shows that it can't be too painful, or they are at least worth the pain it takes to get one.

In fact, they can even become addictive. The natural rush of endorphins you will receive during the tattoo will help to ease any discomfort and can even make the process enjoyable.

To summarize, this guide should have helped to ease some of your concerns about getting your first tattoo. Specifically, we looked at choosing the right location and design, as well as easing your concerns about the pain of your first tattoo. Most people agree that it is far less painful than they were expecting, and overall it's a very rewarding experience that may even lead you to wanting more tattoos.