How to Avoid Tattoo Regret

If you are considering your first tattoo, you probably have a thousand thoughts rushing through your mind. A methodical approach is vital.

Most people spend a lot of time thinking about their first tattoo. That’s as it should be, but the problem is that more often than not, they are not thinking about the right things. Sure, the overall cost and the amount of pain involved need to be considered, of course they do. But these are relatively simple matters that the artist will discuss with you.

There are more fundamental considerations that are actually far more important. After all, look at it this way, nobody ever started to explore phrases like tattoo removal London on Google because their tattoo was too expensive or had hurt too much. If you spend too much time focused on things like these, you are missing out on the bigger picture.

It’s all about the meaning

The single most important thing is the meaning behind your tattoo. This is over and above the image itself, the cost, how long it takes or anything else. Why do you want a tattoo, and what will it mean to you? Be clear on this, discuss it with your tattoo artist, and you will be amazed how many of the other things fall into place.

Choose your artist with care

A tattoo is, for the most part, a lifetime commitment. This is not a time to be going for the cheapest option and hoping for the best – but more on cost in a moment. The point here is that you need to choose an artist who has skill and experience, but also it needs to be someone with whom you connect and who understands what you want to achieve and why.

The cost factor

We have already said that cost should not be the defining factor of your tattoo. But unless you have millions tucked away in the bank, it will inevitable still be a consideration. A good tattoo by a talented artist is not going to be cheap, and that holds true whether you are in the middle of London or on a tropical island paradise like Bali. When your artist understands what you want, he will be able to provide an accurate quotation. If it is outside your budget, you have some tough decisions to make. Compromising on what you really want to get it on budget will only lead to regret, so that leaves two choices. Some people get the initial outline work done and then finish off when they have saved up the money. That’s OK, but ideally it is best to get everything done at once. The best solution is to find out what it’s going to cost, and start saving!

Will it hurt?

Anyone who says a tattoo will not hurt is lying to you. Of course it will hurt. Whether that is a significant problem really depends on your pain threshold. Most people are able to “tune out” the pain, which can be likened to being scratched by a cat. It’s not a pleasant experience, but it is nowhere near as painful as stubbing your toe. And as long as you take the right approach, the rewards are well worth it.

After applying the outlines, the tattoo artist removes the rest of the non-inserted ink from the skin using paper towel soaked with alcohol