What to know before you get a Tattoo

What to know before you get a TattooHaving a tattoo or body piercing has dramatically increased in popularity over the few last decades. What used to be only for inmates and biker dudes is now becoming a part of everyday life. If you look at any NBA or NFL team players have head to toe tattoos and it’s not uncommon for a business man to have a full tribal art arm sleeve under his suit. In fact it’s estimated that 25% of 18-30 year olds have a tattoo. Even though it’s more accepted in society these days it’s important to know the risks associated and removal options if you change your mind down the road.

Do your research – remember that tattoos are permanent so make sure what you are about to put on your body is something that has meaning, is tasteful and will not go out of style in a few years. Also it is not advisable to put anyone’s name on your body. Yes this includes wives, best friends and family (Just think Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie, enough said.)

Choose a safe and respected tattoo artist – Remember that getting a tattoo is a slightly invasive procedure that uses needles that come into contact with blood and other bodily fluids. Make sure the tattoo artist has all of the proper certifications and uses a sterile environment. If the place is grimy and unkempt chances are their cleanliness habits are not far better with their equipment. Also follow all instruction for after care once you have your new tattoo.

Removal – If you end up with buyer’s remorse or just decide that tattoo you had to have 20 years ago just doesn’t look that great anymore you do have the option of laser tattoo removal. However these procedures do not guarantee results, can be quite costly and painful.