Getting a tattoo is an exciting experience, and as an experienced and respected tattoo shop in Victoria, TX, we believe that tattoos should never be stigmatized or looked down upon. That being said, you are making a virtually permanent change to your body, so of course you should never get a tattoo before putting in a decent amount of forethought. We like to advise our customers and friends to run down a mental checklist before hitting the tattoo shop in Victoria, TX. Most of those checklist items can be covered by asking yourself the following six questions.
Am I completely sober?
Getting a tattoo while drunk or under the influence of drugs is never a good idea. In addition to impairing your judgment, alcohol thins your blood, which increases your chances of bleeding a lot during the process. If getting a tattoo while inebriated seems like a good idea, just remember that if it’s worth having for the rest of your life, then it is also worth waiting an extra day to sober up.
Will my tattoo design potentially offend others?
Even if you do not intend to offend anyone with your tattoo, different symbols and words can be potentially offensive to different groups of people. This does not necessarily mean you should not get the tattoo, but it does mean you should take some time to think about whether you are okay with the possibility of being disliked or confronted by people because of ink on your skin.
Is the placement somewhere I will always be comfortable having a tattoo?
Here at In The Skin Tattoo And Piercing Studio, we do not believe in judging people because they have visible tattoos. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with this attitude. If you are planning to get a tattoo in a highly visible place, be sure that it is worth being potentially passed over for employment, judged on sight and sometimes even mocked or ridiculed for.
Do I need a guardian or friend to come with me?
If you are under the age of eighteen, you will need consent from a legal guardian before you can get your tattoo. Even if you are of age, it is always a good idea to bring a nonjudgmental friend along for support and company, especially if this is your first tattoo.
Is this tattoo shop reputable?
Make sure your tattoo artist is completely certified and licensed, and that the tattoo shop can provide references. After all, you probably would not even want to pay an uncertified person to paint your nails, and a tattoo is much more permanent.
Am I prepared for aftercare?
Finally, it is important to remember that aftercare is an important part of the tattoo process, and you will need to be able to follow it to the letter. For example, you should not go swimming for two weeks after getting a new tattoo, so don’t schedule your tattoo appointment for the day before you leave on a beach vacation.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about your tattoo, please get in touch with In The Skin Tattoo And Piercing Studio, your local tattoo shop in Victoria, TX.