In a tattoo statistic, it was found that 36% of American adults ages 18-25 have at least one tattoo on their body. The tattoo industry makes around $1.65 billion a year in the U.S. So if you have thought about getting a tattoo, it's a common thought to have. Everybody considers getting a tattoo at least once after they turn 18. If you are considering getting a tattoo, here are some thoughts and ideas that you should explore.

Why Get a Tattoo?
There are many reasons why a person might want to get a tattoos, such as:

You Want to Express Your Passion- If you have a strong passion for something such as music or sports, you may want to get a tattoo to express that tattoo. If you have a true love for music, getting music notes is a great idea for a tattoo for you. If you've loved the same sports team your entire life and you believe that you'll be their fan for the rest of your life, getting their logo is a good choice of tattoo for you. Many people like to express their passions in the form of tattoos, just make sure that it's something you'll be passionate about for the rest of your life.

Tribute- This means that you are getting a tattoo for someone you care a lot about. A tribute is a tattoo you get for somebody who is still alive when you get it. It can be their name or something that reminds you of them. This could be your children's names or your spouse or maybe your siblings.

In Loving Memory- This is one of the most popular reasons that someone would get a tattoo. If someone you love has passed away, you probably want to do something that will keep their memory alive to you and one of those things is getting a tattoo for them. Again, it can just be their name or their name with the date of their birth to the date of their death.

Cons of Getting a Tattoo
Many people get tattoos without thinking about the negative sides of what they are doing. If you are considering getting a tattoo, you have to think of the cons of getting a tattoo before you take the big step.

• It can cost you a lot of money to get a tattoo. Especially if the tattoo you are looking to get is very large.

• It can be very painful! When you get a tattoo, it's with a needle going into your skin over and over again. So keep in mind that getting a tattoo is a very painful process.

• After a while, you may get tired of your tattoo and this can cause you to want to get it removed. Getting a tattoo removed is a painful and expensive process and it will leave scars.

• It can cost you a professional job. If you get a tattoo somewhere that is visible, it can stop you from getting a professional job in the future. Many employers don't like it when tattoos can be seen on the body.

Are Tattoos Safe to Get?
Yes, they are. But only if you choose to get a tattoo in a clean tattoo parlor by an artist that knows what he/she is doing. Here are some things that you should make sure of when you are getting a tattoo:

• The artist is wearing latex gloves.
• Ask to see the artist's certification for giving tattoos.
• All the needles are brand new and sterilized, you can ask them to open the needles in front of you to ensure that they are new.
• Ask to see examples of the artist's previous work on other people they have done.

If you don't do these things, you're putting yourself at risk for infection and hepatitis B.

Where to Place a Tattoo
You can get a tattoo wherever you wish to place one on your body but this is what can cause a person to regret a tattoo very quickly. You should place your tattoo somewhere that can easily be hidden with clothing.

Where to Find Tattoo Ideas
To get an idea for a tattoo, you can search the Internet, however you may not want to get the same tattoo that someone else has. The best way to get the layout of the tattoo that you have in mind is to have someone draw it for you. If you aren't a good artist, there are plenty of people out there that are good at drawing that can draw up the tattoo you want. Try to find real images of what you want for your tattoo, this way it can look as realistic as possible.

Finding a Tattoo Parlor
You should only choose well known tattoo parlors. Spend time to do plenty of research on the tattoo parlor that you want to use. Don't just sit on the Internet to do your research, go from parlor to parlor to ask questions and get a good look at the parlors in your area. This is going to be permanently on your body for the rest of your life, you want to make sure that it is done correctly.

Don't rush in to getting a tattoo! Relax and take your time when choosing the tattoo you want and who you want to do it. It's okay to be picky, you have the right to get the tattoo exactly how you want it so don't fall for the artist telling you that they want to do it a certain way. If they don't want to give you the tattoo how you want it, it's time to go elsewhere.

Ask around for advice on what tattoo artists are the best in your area. Ask your friends, family members and use your social media to get information about local tattoo parlors as well. Everyone loves to talk about their tattoos and where they got it and what they experienced when they got it, so ask around and you'll get plenty of information.

Placement of Your Tattoo- What to Consider:

• For women, it's been said that most painful areas are the spine, ribcage and the ankle. The least painful areas for women have been said to be the thigh, abdomen, shoulder, and the buttocks.

• For men the most painful areas have been said to be the spine, chest and abdomen area. The least painful areas for a male to get a tattoo have been said to be the arm, abdomen, and the back.

• What do you do for a living? This is a very important thing to consider when you are getting a tattoo. Will the placement of your tattoo effect your job and career? If so, than you need to get your tattoo placed somewhere it is not noticeable and can easily be covered by clothes.

If you are thinking of getting a tattoo, you're going to want to spend a lot of time doing the research and thinking about where you want your tattoo placed. You also need to think about what you want for a tattoo and spend time ensuring that you have the exact design of it as well. If you are wanting a tattoo, just spend a lot of time thinking about it. You don't want to get a tattoo and up regretting it.