DISCLAIMER: Tattoos are an important conversation for me because I’m a firm believer that a tattoo does not determine the type of person you are. I will always defend tattoos, I will probably continue to get even more tattoos as the years go on. So, please save your hurtful, judgy comments for someone who cares.
It’s the big 18! I know how you are feeling. You have now passed the age to be able to drive but you aren’t yet 21 and able to drink alcohol. So what memorable thing are you going to do to celebrate this adult birthday? GET A TATTOO! I currently have two tattoos, one I got after I turned 18 and the other I got after I turned 20.
Getting a Tattoo is a Big Decision
There is some concern about getting a tattoo, because when you get a tattoo you risk getting a skin infection, pain, and wonder about the possibilities of infectious diseases. Being 18 and getting a tattoo is hard, especially if your parents do not have one. The process needs to be better understood.
The first thing you should find out is how long the parlor has been in business. This will help give you an inside look at how professional the quality of tattoo work is and the overall reputation of the business. If the tattoo parlor belongs to the Better Business Bureau you can always check their record and see if any complaints have been filed about the business in the last few years.
Can You Get Infectious Diseases From Tattoo Needles?
There has been some concern regarding transmittable diseases (particularly Hepatitis-C and AIDS [HIV]) and tattoo shops. Just as in a dentist’s office, as long as the area is strictly sanitized, your chances of infection will be greatly reduced. You need to do a LOT of research before going to a tattoo parlor. Make sure you know the kind of business it is. All tattoo needles should be opened fresh from sealed packaging immediately before your tattoo. If your tattoo artist does not have sterile packaging do not feel shy about speaking up or leaving. Better safe than sorry.
Can My Tattoo Get Infected?
An infection is always possible when you are harming your skin. If you take care of it properly, use the right ointments, stay out of the sun, and keep the area clean then you should be okay. Some people have trouble healing tattoos with colors they are allergic to. If any redness occurs beyond the standard three days, a visit to your doctor may not be unnecessary. The tattoo artist should provide you will after-care instructions and should be willing to answer any questions before, during and after.
Lifetime Skin Art
Once it is healed, there is very little that will screw up a tattoo. Severe damage to your skin or scarring can affect your tattoo in rare cases, but the number one enemy is prolonged exposure to sunlight. The newer inks are better at resisting fading but if you spend lots of time in bright sunlight your tattoos will fade (over a lifetime, not over a week). Best to try and keep them out of bright sunlight and always use sunblock.
Tattoo art has become very popular and people are getting tattoos for lots of reasons. Taking good steps in choosing the right tattoo, getting it applied properly, and with the proper care is probably the most important things to consider when thinking about getting a tattoo. Read all you can about tattoo art safety and when you’re ready to get your tattoo, you will feel much better about your decision!
Price of Tattoos
The cost is also very important. Before you decide to get a tattoo or agree to anything, verify the total expense. Tattoos can be quite expensive. Think of your tattoo as an investment, it is not an accessory, it is permanent and the cost should reflect that. You have to be careful because most tattoo shops have a shop minimum and they won’t quote you a full price without showing them exactly what you want – size and color. Sometimes a small tattoo can run the same price as a larger tattoo due to the shop minimum.
I have two tattoos, one on my left wrist and one on my right forearm. My right forearm was the most painful of the two tattoos. It took an hour and a half of pure torture. The tattoo is a leaf made of soldiers walking. It represents my enlistment with the military and all the men and women who have served our country. The bible verse Matthew 5:9 is “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God”.
The tattoo on my left wrist is a green heart and the word always. Both are written in my mom’s handwriting. It represents that she will love me always. I picked the heart to be green since it’s her favorite color. This is how she signs all of her cards and letters and was my first tattoo. I knew I wanted this tattoo for years, to have her words close to me.