If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, you’re probably concerned about the design right now, and where exactly it ought to go… on your ankle? Your wrist? How much will it hurt? And, heaven forbid, what if you change your mind later? As someone with a few tattoos, and even some experience in having them removed, I can help answer some of your questions! Here are 7 things to consider about tattoos…
1. They’re pretty permanent
While laser tattoo removal is possible, it’s expensive, painful, and it may not work on all tattoos. Colored inks, like blues and yellows, are very difficult to remove, so if you’re considering a tattoo with those colors, make 100% certain you want it, exactly, because there’s no turning back once it’s done! In fact, some die-hard tattoo artists wont’ even hear talk of removal of one of their pieces of art, so again, be sure it’s what you want!
2. They’re painful
Regardless of what you may have heard, there is some pain involved in getting a tattoo. Some artists will only use the needle for brief bursts, pausing til the pain subsides a bit. Others feel the pain is so minimal, and is just a part of the art, that they prefer to press on and do it all at once. Ask ahead of time what to expect, and choose an artist that will help you cope with the pain, no matter what your threshold is.
3. They will spread
Over time, even the very best tattoos will spread, meaning those crisp lines will move a little, making them look smudged and making text hard to read. If you’re going for an intricate tattoo, plan on having it retouched every few years, and note that tattoos that aren’t shaded tend to “bleed” a little less.