Need some ideas for your first tattoo? Here's one: make sure you think about it long and hard.
How To Choose Your First Tattoo
Any tattoo should be approached with the utmost in care and consideration. Your first
tattoo however, carries the additional weight of being the only ink on your body. You will see it every time you look in the mirror for the rest of your life and it's a decision that deserves some thought.
Have you ever seen somebody with a bad tattoo? Maybe a flaming skull in a conspicuous area that's sure to be noticed by any prospective employer or an aged "I love so-and-so" on somebody's forearm. You probably suspect that they're no longer dating "so-and-so" and would prefer not to have that person's name inked on their arm anymore. Unfortunately, not many people give the process of getting a tattoo the time and respect it deserves.
Your first tattoo will more than likely be part of your body forever. If you are young, it can be difficult to look in the mirror and picture yourself with something you hate tattooed on your body. If you're a little older and understand regret, you may have an easier time imagining what it would be like looking at a bad tattoo forever.
Getting inked can be a great experience. I have two tattoos myself that are both in conspicuous areas. My first tattoo I considered for about a month before getting, and the second I considered for 5 years. I have no regrets about either of them.
Here are a few things to consider before going under the needle for the first time:
1. Is your tattoo "evergreen"?
Is the content of your tattoo something that you will want with you forever? Or something that is more likely a current interest that won't last your entire life? A person's name for example, can't really be considered evergreen because you have no idea what will happen to that relationship in the future. I would strongly advise that you think long and hard having a name tattooed on your body even if it's a family member, spouse or somebody who has passed away.
2. Where do want it to be?
It may be cool when you're 18 years old to have a tattoo on your forearm or neck. Will you still think it's awesome at 35? Almost everybody you meet for the rest of your life will see it and it will become part of your first impression whether you like it or not. It's amazing lyrics from a popular song 17 years ago don't make a great first impression anymore.
3. Check out lots of different designs
Don't rush this. Tattoo shops aren't going anywhere and it's not like you'll be out of options next week. Take time to check out lots and lots of different designs, fonts, colors and sizes. Remember, this decision is forever so you don't really want to make a hasty decision and then wish it were a few inches higher or a different color.
I like tattoos and think they can be a great way to express yourself. Think about the fact that you will want to express yourself differently in 20 years than you do now. Take the time, and ensure that your decision on your first tattoo will be one that you're proud of for years to come. Although there are options for removing tattoos, they can be painful and expensive so it's best to invest the time in ensuring you're getting what you really want now. Take lots of time when researching how to choose your first tattoo and you won't be disappointed.
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