Tattoos have been around since prehistoric times. Egyptian mummies have been dug up displaying tattoos. Humans frozen in glaciers 4,000 years ago bear tattoos. Cultures like the Maori in New Zealand use them as particular markings. And more recently, people wear them to express themselves.
Some people think of their tattoos as art, and consider their bodies as the canvas on which the art is displayed. Because of the way society has begun accepting tattoos, it is relatively easy to obtain them. However, it is important to make sure that you are getting a good tattoo from a reputable tattoo artist. Tattoos that are not properly applied can end up looking hideous. They can also become infected and cause a great deal of discomfort and health problems.
If your tattoo is messed up for some reason, it is extremely difficult to have it altered or removed. You also need to ensure that you are dealing with a true professional. Someone who does not put the pigments in right can cause permanent (and unwanted) discoloration, or even cause more dire health problems. For the most part, getting a tattoo is relatively routine any more.
The key is to find a good tattoo parlor. One of the best ways to do this is to get recommendations from friends. If you have a friend whose tattoo has turned out particularly well, find out where she or he had it done. You should also find out about the overall experience.
Any tattoo is going to involve some degree of discomfort or pain, but it is not normally excruciating. Find out how satisfied your friend was with the experience. Next, it is important that you go in and check out the tattoo shop yourself. Look around to see how clean it is in general. Does the owner try to keep it fairly tidy? What about the instruments? Are they properly sterilized after use? You can even check the chair, stool, or bed used for the clients. Do they try to keep it clean? These are important considerations.
You want to make sure that the tattoo location offers an atmosphere that is comfortable to you, especially if you are getting the tattoo somewhere you wouldn't normally let other people see. Many states require licenses for their tattoo artists. Check out what the requirements in the state are, and make sure that your tattoo artist is properly credentialed.
You can also try to get further references for work done. Talk to a few people who had their tattoos done at the location so that you can get a better idea of the overall experience. Find out how long the person has been in business, and where he or she learned the art. You want to make sure that you have a true professional, and that will lower your risk for problems. Finally, there are proper ways to care for a tattoo after you get one.
Make sure that you follow the instructions given you by the tattoo artist. After all, even the best tattoo can cause problems if you do not properly care for it in the days after getting the tattoo.
Find out more about the history of tattoos, discover your inspiration for a tattoo, and find local tattoo artists at Totally Tattoed