Things to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo

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Body ink. It’s something we’ve all thought about. Whether you’re the person with 5 tattoos, sketching up your next, or the timid first-timer who is saving every penny – tattoos are your jam. Yet, there’s a separate crowd, the rest of us who really like the idea of getting a tattoo, but just can’t fully commit to the idea. Whatever the case, here are a few things to consider before getting a tattoo:

Do You Salivate Over a Sale?
Let’s face it; we’ve all seen some pretty crappy tattoos that you can just tell were the monthly special. Think long and hard about how you spend your money. Do you dish it out on things like food, clothes, alcohol, and vacation? If you’re willing to spend money on things that come and go, be intent on getting the best quality for something that will be on your body forever. It’s the type of thing where you don’t want to “just get a tattoo because it was really cheap.” Although the initial cost won’t hurt your wallet, the decision will cost you long-term.

Does Research Make You Squirm?

The best way to pick out a tattoo shop is by putting a bunch of different shop names in a bag and picking one out randomly. KIDDING! This is a huge factor in your tattoo adventure. Look online at reviews, and scrutinize the shops cleanliness. Either online or in person, review the shop’s portfolio and, according to Matthew Marcus, tattoo artist and owner of Three Kings Tattoo in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, look for these specific things:
• Clean and crisp lines and shading that doesn’t look choppy but smooth.
• Solid and bright color.
• Varying degrees of weight in the shading and smoothness in black and grey work
• Versatility of work and how long the artist has been doing it
• And research how long the shop been there

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Do You Have Commitment Problems?
We’ve all heard it “it’ll be on your body forever” enough to at least consider this common warning whenever the word “tattoo” pops up. And for good reason. Your body should be something you’re willing to take care of to the highest degree. It’s the vehicle through which you experience life. It may require tune ups or cleanses here and there, and you must be willing to do whatever it takes to keep its engine revving. In order to fully consider getting a permanent bumper sticker, you must gain some foresight. If your answer to the following questions is still positive, I’d say you’re ready to set out on your ink excursion:
• What will your kids think?
• What will it look like with wrinkly skin?
• Will your career find it appropriate?
• Will your significant other be less attracted to you because of it?

If you have advice on tattoo considerations, suggestions for great ink spots, or just want to show off your tattoo, tweet us @clichemag now!

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