1.Follow The Artist’s Advice On Aftercare
After you’re done with the tattoo, the tattoo artist will put a bandage over your tattoo and will give you certain aftercare instructions. Listen to them carefully and follow them religiously.
2. Get An Antibacterial Soap Beforehand
While you might love your exotic soaps and body washes, these aren’t of any use when it comes to your new tattoo. Your newly inked tattoo needs to be cleaned on a regular basis and you need an antibacterial soap to do that. Hence it’s better to have an antibacterial soap at your disposal beforehand to make things convenient for you.
3. Talk To An Experienced Friend Before You Go For It
If you have a friend who’s already had a tattoo done, talk to that friend before deciding on anything. Ask your friend about their experience and any other doubts you might have. If possible, take that friend with you when you go to get your tattoo done.
4. Have An Open Conversation With The Artist
Nobody can answer your questions better than a tattoo artist. Before your tattoo appointment, go and have an open conversation about any doubts you might have with your tattoo artist. Don’t hesitate to put forward your inhibitions and listen to what the tattoo artist has to say. This will help to put your mind at ease.
5. Get Visual Aid
If you have a specific or complex design in mind, it’s better to get some visual aid. By that, we mean that it’s better to get it done on paper or get it printed for the tattoo artist to see exactly what you want. This is to make things easier for both of you.
6. It Might Need Multiple Sittings
This might be unusual to hear, but your tattoo might not be done in one session and you might need multiple sessions. If you’re getting some intricate or complex design done or you aren’t able to bear the pain, the tattoo will need multiple sittings. It’s better to talk about this with your tattoo artist.
7. You Need To Shave The Area
A very basic detail, but one that you must know. The area you get tattooed at should be shaved properly. There are certain areas where you probably won’t need to, but mostly you would need to shave, so be prepared for that as well. And don’t worry, this isn’t something to worry about.
8. You Might Need Touch-ups In The Future
While the tattoo is permanent, it might fade a little with time. So you need to get touch-ups for your tattoo if you wish to. Don’t think too much about it, just get it done if you feel the need. It won’t be as intimidating as getting the tattoo done.
9. Don’t Stress About It
It is a big step and quite intimidating and we know it can rile you up. But if you want to have good experience of getting your first tattoo you must calm your nerves and not stress much about it.
10. Be Prepared For Some Pain
A needle being pierced into your skin is obviously going to hurt. So, prepare yourself for some pain. Although, you might just feel the most pain for the first couple of minutes. After that, you get comfortable and then it’s a smooth ride.