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What is the Procedure Involved in Getting Body Art?

Mar 21, 2008
When you've made the decision to get a tattoo and considered the pros and negatives of having an everlasting marking on your body, you will then perhaps be asking what is the best course of action to take when getting the design? Here are three basic steps towards choosing a tattoo that you will appreciate and that is also expertly designed.

Like anything else, the more you know and the better prepared you are when you go to the tattoo artist, the easier things will go. So if you already have your design picked out or drawn, that will save a lot of time once you get to the shop where you will get your tattoo. So if you want the name of your sweetheart in some fancy font forever on your arm, tinker with that at home and take that to the tattoo artist to work with.

The artist doesn't care what the design is so if you want something artistic or fun such as a horse or a sunburst, that's fine. But knowing what you want helps a lot so you can be ready to hand the design to the artist who will do your tattoo. Don't plan to just describe it because these artists don't like to work that way. Bring the pattern with you.

Along with the pattern think about what colors to include with your tattoo. Your own natural skin shade may make a difference. If you are really pale, white may not be a good tattoo tint for you. This is where the expertise of the tattoo artist can be helpful to make adjustments so the tattoo looks great on you.

The next thing to consider is where you want the tattoo to be etched on your body. If you want the entire world to see your new tattoo at every opportunity, you will put it somewhere that is normally exposed, like the neck, the wrist, shoulders, or the lower leg. But if you are getting your tat more for yourself and not for others, you may decide on placing your body art on your mid thigh, lower back, or on the upper part of the foot.

Keep in mind when selecting where on your body to show off your tattoo that this design is going to be visible for the rest of your life. It will be there when you are an adult, a PTA member, working for a business and even when you are a grandparent. So you might not go with "I love Satan" on your forehead knowing that could be a problem for future roles you will fill.

The final but very important consideration is the professionalism and skills of the tattoo parlor and the tattoo artist you wish to you. And as with a lot of things, nothing can replace a reference so if you know someone who had a great experience getting a tattoo, find out who did it and where and seek out the best in the business. The knowledge of someone who has gotten a tattoo can be helpful about which tattoo parlors are clean and professional, who the best tattoo artist might be at the parlor and whether they had any medical problems with the tattoo.

After you have collected all the information and become an intelligent tattoo consumer, promise yourself you will think about it for a day or two before making this big step. Getting a tattoo has no place as part of a prank, to fulfill a dare or as part of a drunken spree on the town. That tattoo will be on your body forever so be sober and smart about who, what, when, where and why you get a tattoo.
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