Whether you want to make a political statement or show off your favorite fandom, getting a tattoo is a rite of passage for many. But considering the permanent nature of tattoos, it's important to think things through, do your homework, and make sure you're putting yourself in capable hands.
Here are eight of the most common — and egregious — mistakes people make when getting a new tattoo.
Alcohol thins your blood, which means excess bleeding. When you bleed more than normal, it can cause visibility issues for the artist, potentially compromising the quality of the design. Excess bleeding can also thin the ink.
Of course, there's also the fact that alcohol impairs judgment, and you don't want to make permanent decisions while impaired. And it's not cute if you have to stop and puke in the middle of a four-hour tattoo session.
Furthermore, drinking after the fact can compromise the healing of the tattoo because of its effects on your blood.
Getting a tattoo is a pretty big decision and should be handled as such. You wouldn't buy a car without doing your research, right? When deciding on a shop and an artist, be sure to read online reviews and shop around a bit.
And take a close look at the individual's past work. Make sure his or her style vibes with what you're going for. Some artists may specialize in lettering, for example, while others are better at portraits.
Where you get tattooed is almost as important as what you get tattooed. Think long and hard about placement. Certain areas of the body don't hold pigment well (see next point). Plus, some people want their tattoos to be private (for loved ones' eyes only) while others want them to be very visible.
you might as well throw your dollars down the drain — because it won't last.
Fingers, palms and soles of the feet are not good places for tattoos because they don't hold pigment well, and the design will quickly fade as the skin heals itself.
Even if a tiny design looks great on a piece of paper, that doesn't mean it will translate well to your skin. Diminutive tattoos often wind up looking like blemishes, and trying to create an intricate design in a small space will likely lead to ink lines blurring or bleeding into one another. Scale is important, so discuss it with your artist.
Keep it simple.
So you want a tattoo that will honor your late grandma, proclaim your national pride, give a nod to your manga obsession, and throw in some symbols just for fun? Not a good idea.
Trying to cram too many images and concepts into a design is a common mistake. This approach means that each item has to be smaller to fit into the tattoo, and these types of designs often seem overcrowded and jumbled.