Are Tattoos Safe?
As long as you go to a reputable artist that is following all recommended safety precautions, getting a tattoo is perfectly safe. Make sure you're fully honest about any medical conditions.
Does It Hurt?
Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. We're not going to kid you, though—it does hurt. Just not that much. Some have compared it to a "hot scratching feeling." But, people would not be returning again and again for tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad. Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there. There is also numbing cream that can be used towards the end of a long session to take the edge off and help you across the finish line.
Should I Tip My Tattoo Artist?
Tipping is a really nice gesture and it is ALWAYS apprecited. But, there are no real solid ground rules for tipping. Do what your heart tells you to do.
What Should I Get? And Where?
This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever you want, and whatever your artist is willing to do. You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have them create a custom piece just for you. Your only limit is your own imagination. There are so many different styles, subjects, and body placements to consider. I myself do a lot of blackwork tattoo, fine line tattoo, realism tattoo, and anime tattoo. As for body placements the most straightforward placements that come to mind are sleeve tattoo, half sleeve tattoo, chest tattoo, chest tattoos for men, chest tattoos for women, leg sleeve tattoo, half sleeve tattoos for men, half sleeve tattoos for women. There are many different designs too, some popular ones are lion tattoo, skull tattoo, sugar skull tattoo, demon tattoo, witch tattoo, military tattoo.
Is It OK to Get a Tattoo if I'm Sick?
Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn't at 100% isn't a good idea. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.
Where Can I Find Pictures of Tattoos?
If you're getting a tattoo at a tattoo shops, especially as an expression of your individuality, why would you want a tattoo just like someone else's? Best tattoo shops near me are usually all custom. Instead, find other pictures of what you're looking for and have your artist draw up a custom design for you. Example: If you are wanting a tattoo of a penguin standing on a glacier, find real photos of penguins and glaciers. If you want a tattoo of a blue rose wrapped around a cross, find pictures of real roses and crosses that you like. If the pictures don't show exactly what you want, just take them to your artist to use them as guidelines and tell them what changes you want to be made to the original pictures. A real artist will welcome the challenge of a custom piece.
Is Tanning OK When You Have Tattoos?
It might be really tempting to get some rays during the summer months or hit up the tanning salon, but before you ruin your tattoo, please read about tattoos and tanning.
I Just Got a New Tattoo on My Leg - Can I Shave?
It will take some time for your skin to heal enough for you to shave again and it can vary from person to person.
What should I expect to pay and how much should I tip?
Tattoo cost can vary depending on who you are going to and what city, state, and country they tatoo out of. Many tattoo places near me, tattoo parlors near me, or tattoo shop near me, are usually $150-$350 an hour. My pricing breaks down to about $150-$200 an hour however I only book 3-4 hour or 8-10 hour sittings at a time. Thus the half day or full day options. I don't like to calculate things down to the hour because then the tattoo artist is rushed and has to take into account things that get in the way of just being able to sit down and do a good tattoo.