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How Not to Choose a Tattoo

Aug 15, 2008
Tattoo choices abound at most tattoo parlors and you will find that it is very difficult to choose the right one for you. Careful thought should be given to the tattoo that you choose, simply because this is something that you will have for the rest of your life, unless you want to go through costly and painful tattoo removal. There are some ways that you do not want to choose a tattoo, however.

Don't choose a tattoo when you are drunk. A tattoo chosen when you are drunk may not be something that you will appreciate the next morning when you are sober. Casper the Ghost may sound good when you have a little buzz going on, but it may not be the best choice for you to live with for the rest of your life. By choosing your tattoo when you are sober, you can better choose one that you will enjoy the rest of your life.

Don't be pressured by your friends. Choose a tattoo on your own terms. Don't be pressured by your friends. They are not the ones that will have to wake up with this tattoo on their body everyday. It may seem "cool" to have your girlfriend's name on your body now, but what if you break up? By choosing a tattoo that is timeless, you can better assure that you will be satisfied with it for the rest of your life.

Don't visit the first tattoo shop you see. Cheaper is not always better. You are placing quite a bit of trust in a person when you are allowing them to use a needle to create art on your body. Ask for references from people who have tattoos that you like the look of to find a trustworthy tattoo artist that you will be able to trust with your body. Visit a few tattoo shops that you are interested in and show them what tattoo you have in mind and get price quotes. In this way, you can know what to expect financially and you can see if you like the tattoo artist.

Safety first. When you are visiting the tattoo shop, be sure that you notice the cleanliness of the shop itself and the tattoo artists. You want to be sure that your tattoo is going to be given in a safe and sanitary manner and by watching them in action, you can evaluate their sanitation methods. Read up on sanitation practices, so that you know what should be done to keep you safe.

A tattoo is a decision that should be taken very seriously. Nothing is worse than choosing a tattoo on a whim and finding that it does not fit your personality later on down the road. Be sure that you put thought into your decision, so that it will not be something that you regret later. A tattoo should be an expression of what you are interested in and your personality. Be sure that you choose it carefully.
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Picking a tattoo is hard. The harder a decision, the more likely you won't regret it. A tough decision means you put thought into it. You likely picked a design that had some meaning to you. That's the way it should be. Click here for some tattoo ideas.
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