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Tattoo Regrets? 10 Must-Knows Before You Ink

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Tattoos are now recognized as a fashion statement, particularly among the younger generation. Recent tattoo designs have become daintier, often featuring flowers, cats, or leaves. They’re usually placed behind the ear or on the neck to express personal style. If you’re considering getting a tattoo, this article will answer all your questions.

A Tattoo: A Lifetime Commitment

Once you get a tattoo, you must remind yourself that it will be permanent. Although laser treatments can remove a tattoo, they can be lengthy and expensive. Moreover, it is not foolproof, so repeated treatments can inevitably result in scars.

First Time Getting a Tattoo?

If it’s your first time, get a small one. Small tattoos are suitable for narrow areas such as the inner wrist or ankle. If you do not want to reveal your tattoo, the inner arm or the top of the foot could be good options. The price of a tattoo can vary greatly depending on the tattoo artist’s experience and style.

Finding the Perfect Design

Various tattoo designs exist, and trends shift daily. From traditional tattoos symbolizing faith and peace to cute animal tattoos, there are many designs to choose from. It’s crucial to look at different tattoo styles that suit you best. You should also look into other artists’ portfolios before deciding on an artist.

Choosing the Right Size and Design

Larger tattoos usually involve more pain, leading people to quit mid-sessions. It is also hard for artists to focus on more extended periods. Therefore, choose a design with reasonable size and complexity.

How Much Will It Hurt?

People often reconsider getting a tattoo due to its pain. Pain tolerance varies individually, but generally, getting a tattoo feels like a scratch as it only penetrates about 0.2mm. Small tattoos usually take about 5 to 10 minutes, so the process can be quicker and easier than you might think. However, areas with thinner skin can be more painful than others. Also, alcohol can lead you to bleed more, so it’s best to avoid drinking before your appointment.

What’s My Skin Type

If you scar easily, you might want to reconsider getting a tattoo. Everyone’s skin type is different, and since a tattoo is essentially a wound, it’s not recommended for people with sensitive skin types, especially those prone to keloids.

What About Tattoo Stickers?

If you want a tattoo but are reluctant because of its permanence, why not try tattoo stickers? Apply them to your skin, press them with a wet tissue, and peel them off. They last for 2 to 3 days, so if you’ve always been interested in tattoos, giving them a shot is not a bad idea. Tattoo stickers can be easily purchased online and in drug stores.

What’s the Most Painful Part of Getting a Tattoo?

The hands, knees, neck, and ribs are the most painful areas in which to get a tattoo. Fingers are known to be more painful due to their nerve concentration. Also, an amateur tattoo artist can be more painful. People with health problems also tend to feel more pain, and the thickness of the skin can also affect the pain level. The size of the tattoo also matters. If a tattoo requires more shading and color, different needles must be used alternately, increasing the pain.

Are There Any Tattoos That Can Be Removed?

Recently, temporary tattoos have gained attention. They’re rising in popularity because they offer realistic artwork without traditional consequences. For example, a tattoo printer has been introduced at global tech expos. It uses the same pigments found in cosmetics, so it’s safe for your skin. You only need to gently scrub it off with soap when you want to remove it.

Be Aware of Infections

You should avoid water for 2 to 3 days after getting a tattoo. When water touches the open wounds from the needle, it can cause the ink to spread and distort the artwork. For about 3 weeks, you should be careful when cleaning the tattoo as regular soap and towels can cause infection. Intense exercise and alcohol can cause inflammation and should be avoided as well.

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