While most tattoos will inherently have a story behind them, everyone is different in terms of how much meaning and importance they place on the story behind their tattoo. You might want to consult an artist to design a piece that is completely unique to you and your experience or you might just see a design you like and get it. The most important thing is that you leave your session happy with the art that has been permanently etched into your skin and positive about the experience itself.
There are steps you can take to make sure that you love your new artwork and that it is healthy, so we’ve compiled some things you need to know to make your experience as easy, painless and regret-free as possible before getting a tattoo.
Have an idea of what you want
Before contacting a tattoo artist, you should have a solid idea in mind. It’s fine if you’re unsure! Many artists are great at assisting people in coming up with concepts and designs, but it helps if you have an idea of the general feel or style you want. This will assist your artist in determining what type of piece is best for you.
Do your research
Check out a variety of tattoo artists and studios before deciding on one. A good starting point is to ask for advice from friends or family members who have tattoos you admire. Once you’ve identified a few candidates, look through their online portfolios to get a sense of their style and skills.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
When you visit a tattoo studio, don’t be afraid to ask the artist any questions you have. This is a big decision and you want to make sure you feel comfortable with the person who will be doing the work. Some good questions to ask include:
- How long have you been tattooing?
- Do you have any experience with the type of tattoo I’m looking for?
- Can you show me some examples of your work?
- What are your rates?
- Do you have any aftercare advice?
Think about the location
The location of your tattoo on your body is just as important as the design. Consider where you want it to be visible or where you want it to be hidden. Keep in mind that some tattooing locations are more painful than others.
Be prepared for the pain
Tattoos, speaking of pain, are going to hurt. There is no getting around it. Some parts of the body will be more painful than others, but the pain is relative. Just make sure you are prepared for it mentally and emotionally. 1891 Original Tattoo Co. is an award-winning tattoo shop located in Daw Park, Adelaide. Home to some of Adelaide’s most creative and skilled tattoo designers and artists, we aim to cultivate a tattoo experience that is personable, comfortable and engaging. We take pride in our warm and welcoming studio environment, offering our clients step-by-step guidance from the initial consultation all the way through to the upkeep of the new piece. Contact our Adelaide tattoo studio today to book your next tattoo!