When I was little I was convinced that people who had tattoos were evil (a clear preconception created by bad TV) until I realized over the years that I was very wrong: when I grew up I started to noticed how nice they could be, and how therapeutic it was for some people.
I understood that tattoos were a way to show who we were, without saying anything at all.
This is how I became more and more interested, and even today I love looking at pictures and TV shows like LA Ink, where we can see some stories around each tattoo, what they symbolize, etc. So I was thinking of getting one myself one of these days, and the smart thing to do was to ask a friend for advice.
And here are some useful tips before putting yourself under the needle:
Where to go to get a tattoo?
Do not get tattooed with just anyone. Go with someone that a friend (or several) recommends to you, or someone who is reputable. If you find a tattoo artist on the Internet, find out about his/her job. Look at his/her portfolio, look at the artist’s style, and if it is right for your idea. Tattooists always specialize in a style or two (or more depending on his/her talent). There are some who are more skilled at tattooing portraits and realism (like animals and stuff), others are excellent in Japanese, and others manage better the new school, or the old school, etc. Depends on what you want to do, you have to think what would be the ideal style for your tattoo.
What to look for?
First, a place with good sanitary conditions, and second, a “soft handed” tattooist. Although is not that important, it can make a big difference between spending two hours of absolute pain or completely bearable mild pain. When a tattoo artist’s hand is “soft” those two hours are going to pass very quickly. It is also advisable to talk to the artist and create a bond of trust.
I hope you will find these tips helpful too. For now, I’ll let you see some pictures to get inspired. But if you’re still not ready to take the plunge, you can see some examples of henna tattoos shared by France’s Benetton’s Blog.
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