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Learn The Body Art Basics With Top Tattooing Tips

Aug 17, 2007
Getting a tattoo is a big decision. For many, it's an expression of self. For others, it's a way to show permanent membership in something bigger than themselves - a club, a military organization, fraternity and so on. The reasons for getting a tattoo are as varied as the kinds of tattoos available themselves. From cultural requirements to personal choice, body art can say a lot.

Here are some of the top concerns people face as they make the decision to get a tattoo or learn to care for one after it's done:

Why get a tattoo?
Many people view the body as their own personal canvas. It's meant to be decorated and painted. Others simply want a single tattoo to show their affiliation with a military organization or what have you. For others still, a tattoo is a cultural requirement, a rite of passage. In most locations, however, getting a tattoo is a personal choice and one that for the most part is permanent. Before you dive in, ask yourself if you're getting something you can live with - forever. If so, have fun. Get a tat you enjoy and do take care of it during the healing process.

How do you heal a tattoo site?
Generally the tattoo artist who puts the tattoo on you will offer advice for healing the site without damaging the ink. Hand lotions that don't include fragrance and even antibiotic ointments are good choices if no other advice is available. Do take care of the site and remember it's never a good idea to pick at a tattoo scab though. Keep this in mind as it can wreck the end product.

Will tattoos cover scars?
Depending on the style and type chosen and the skill of the artist, yes. The area must be healed first, however. Talk over the idea with a skilled artist and look at possible tattoos that will work.

Does tattooing cause a lot of pain?
In general, no. If the equipment is good and the artist even better, it will only sting for a little while.

Can a bad tattoo be fixed?
The answer here is yes and no. It really depends on what's wrong with the existing tattoo and what you want done. A good tattoo artist is the best place to start for advice on this.

Can a tattoo be hidden?
Yes. Even if the tattoo is in a location that can't be covered by clothing, there are makeup products available that can help hide one from view for special occasions. The effectiveness will, of course, depend on the tattoo in question and the quality of the product purchased.

Getting a tattoo can be a fun and rewarding experience. A skilled body artist can add a piece of personal art that will last a lifetime. Just be certain who you go to is skilled, you like what you're getting and that you take proper care of the tattoo site during the healing process. Body art is an age-old practice that stretches across all boundaries of the world. Whether you're getting a tattoo to express an artistic flare, to show affiliation or for cultural reasons, they are art that's worn forever.
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