Most first-timers wonder: Does getting a tattoo hurt? Experts say, yes, it does. How painful it is, however, depends on your pain tolerance.
The good news is that you may choose to get a tattoo on “meatier” areas, like the thigh and biceps, to reduce the pain.
Besides pain, keep in mind that you may feel other sensations, such as scratching and burning.
3. Despite laser removal, tattoos are still considered permanent
If you’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo, chances are, you also heard about laser tattoo removal. The idea that you can remove a supposedly permanent mark on the skin may further motivate you, but experts still ask people to think long and hard before deciding on a tattoo.
For one, laser tattoo removal means added expenses and possibly, pain. Secondly, some inks are more stubborn than others.
Case in point: black ink on fair skin may be easier to remove than other darker inks on sun-kissed complexions. Hence, you might need several sessions before you see results.
And even with multiple sessions, some ink may not be completely removed.
4. You need to be meticulous in choosing the shop and the artist
Considering the potential complications of getting a tattoo, you MUST choose the shop and artist carefully. Here are the non-negotiable criteria to look for:
- The shop and staff should be extremely clean.
- There should be an autoclave machine. Also, make sure that they use it to sterilize their items.
- Needles must be new in an individual, sealed package opened right in front of you.
- Gloves must be new.
- Inks must come from single-use cups or bottles. The staff or artist must not get it from a larger container. Certainly, they must not return unused ink.
- There should be separate areas for tattooing and piercing.