Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Getting Permanently Inked

Last week, I have finally decided to use my vacation money for an ink that will truly be my own choosing. It was not like I have not been given a choice in my last two tattoos, I just didn’t have the right reasons. So just imagine how determined I was to get the job done. I had the perfect design in mind and I was going to bring with me, wherever I went, a tangible piece of Thailand.

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The whole experience was funny. I started entertaining questions on my third ink. Imagine that. Third, not on my first nor on my second; which (if you thought about it) was really quite scary. What if the artist didn’t get the right message and end up imprinting nonsense on my back? What if I get a disease? What if, what if.

And because the anxiety I went through was not something I was willing to share with people, I’ll provide some information and try to cover as much as I can which can be helpful for those who are considering getting permanent inks on their bodies.

Am I ready?

The keyword is PERMANENT. A tattoo is a permanent ink so you can’t just change your mind after a few months or years of having it. A removal is possible via a laser method but it will still leave you with scars. If you are not fond of scars then your other option is to cover it up with another design by going through the tattoo process again. So if you have thought about it, think about it again and again and again.

Is it safe?

Yes, it is if (only if) the shop you decided to have your tattoo done is following the recommended safety precautions. Check on these things:

  • Autoclave and sterilizers
  • Sterilization certification
  • Hepa B certification of the artist
  • New sterile needles
  • Sharps container
  • Rubber gloves
  • Previous works

Basics

The items mentioned above are the basics. Ensure that all of them are there.

There are also other things that you need to keep a close eye on. For instance, ointment, ink, water, and other items should not be returned to a universal container after it has been removed for usage. Why? Because anything that he or she will use on you should not be used for another but should be thrown away as it is already contaminated with blood. The same goes for water and ointment.

Make sure also that the artist will destroy and dispose the needles in a sharps container. What the heck is a sharps container? It’s a plastic container with a biohazard symbol on the outside. It’s almost the same as the ones you see in hospitals where bio-hazard materials are thrown so that they will not come into contact or harm someone, or worst end up in a water supply or beach somewhere. Please also take note that disposal is not limited to needles. It also includes protective gloves, paper towels, plastic protective covers, ink caps and leftover ink, cotton swabs, and any left over ointment.

Artist Doing The Prep

Tattoo Artist Wasan Juntra prepping for my ink job

What design should I choose?

I agree with a lot people when they say that it is just a matter of personal taste. It’s up to you but just make sure that you will choose something that you will not regret having. I have had friends in the past who had their boyfriends’ names tattooed on some part on their bodies and ended up having it re-done years after the relationship turned sour. Again, remember that a tattoo is permanent so you need to be committed to it.

Also, try to consider where you want to be inked. Take into consideration what social circle you are in and what your plans are in the future. For example, if you want to be a flight attendant one day, a tattoo where it can be obviously seen is a big no-no.

Will it hurt?

This shouldn’t even be asked anymore but because I was always asked this question, I will answer it. YES. It will hurt. How much? It really varies because no two persons have the same tolerance level to pain. You’ll know the answer to the sub-question once you get the job done.

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Are there numbing creams or anesthesia used?

Yes, you have this option; but seriously, this ruins half of the experience. Think of it like a “right of passage” that you should earn by dealing with the discomfort (or pain, to put it bluntly) that comes along with it. If you are not willing to go through that then maybe a tattoo is not for you.

How much will it cost?

You will get what you paid for. If you haggled and the artist gave in, then expect what you did not hope for. Get it? You don’t want to go to another artist to have the cheap ink covered up, do you? So please don’t haggle as this is disrespectful. My artist friend, Bjorn, once had a discussion over this – bout how people are unwilling to pay for the quality you are assuring them with and it really pisses off a lot of artists.

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What’s this nonsense about the best time of the year to get a tattoo?

Yes, it’s true that you can get a tattoo anytime but my suggestion is to get the job done on a time when your skin is not abused from too much swimming, tanning, or being exposed to natural elements like what usually happens during the summer. Also, get one at a time during a long weekend or you have a few days to spare that will allow your skin to rest before going back to your normal physical routine.

So there, I hope I was able to help you a bit.

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