In 2010, American researchers called tattoos the hallmark of millennials. Drawings on the body are no less popular among the new generation. If you are thinking about getting your first tattoo in college or want to improve a failed masterpiece, the advice of experienced masters and connoisseurs of this art will help you.
By the way, keep in mind that getting a tattoo can take a lot of time, especially if you want a big masterpiece. And as you know, time in college is sorely lacking. But do not worry because some of your tasks can be entrusted to professionals. You can leave a “do my college assignment” request on a specialized service. An expert in your discipline will complete your homework on time.
We are going to share recommendations for choosing a tattoo and caring for it.
-Don’t make a small drawing to see whether you like it. The thin lines of a small drawing can blur after a while: change shape and size.
-Don’t choose the final sketch from the Internet. You can see the pictures in thematic groups, your browser’s search engine, and social networks. But you should not completely copy the version of someone else’s tattoo or get your favorite picture one to one. You can design a sketch with an artist friend or tattoo artist.
-Handle cultural elements responsibly
-Think about whether the element has a negative or ambiguous meaning.
-Get to know the styles. Even an ordinary rose can be drawn in different ways – for example, a bright, detailed drawing or a gentle watercolor drawing, almost without contours, can be made. Or maybe you will like a minimalistic bud or a large pattern of small dots.
-Live with the idea
Do not rush to the tattoo salon until you have thought a million times. Take the time to play around with this idea and weigh up the pros and cons. Maybe you are going to get a tattoo because everyone does. Perhaps your love for the group whose logo you are going to get on will soon pass. A survey by the British beauty site Escentual found that one in six tattoo owners wants to have it removed. It is now possible to delete an ink drawing, but this process usually takes from 3 months to a year and can cost even more than the tattoo itself. In addition, laser tattoo removal still causes pain, and a gradually removed tattoo must be carefully looked after.
Size and place
-Look at yourself in full growth
Decide on the part of the body where you want to see the tattoo. Think about how appropriate the selected pattern will look. For example, an anatomical heart on the neck will look somewhat ridiculous. You’re doing this for yourself, but if you have a strict dress code at work, you might want to choose an area that’s easy to hide with clothing.
-Learn about sore spots and anesthesia
The degree of pain depends on individual perception, and now there are many options for anesthesia that will alleviate the discomfort. Just do not forget to find out if your master uses them or not. Some of the most painful areas of the body are the knees, ankles, inner thighs, and fingers.
Choose the right tattoo artist
-Do not be lazy to spend time searching for the right artist, and do not refuse a consultation
Don’t choose a salon just because it’s close to your home. Browse the portfolio of tattooists on the Internet; find out who made tattoos for your friends. Make sure that the tattoo artist works in the technique you have chosen. Listen to advice about the choice of colors and size of the picture. The artist, for example, can suggest which details will require frequent correction. If you are designing a sketch with a tattoo artist, be prepared that it may cost extra money.
-Make sure everything is safe
Feel free to ask the masters to give you a short tour of the salon. Make sure the master uses disposable needles and disinfects the room. Do not agree to get a tattoo if you doubt the integrity of the tattoo artist, and even more so if the studio is located in a dubious place, for example, behind a curtain in a department of a shopping center.
What to do and not to do before a session:
-You can not sunbathe before going to the salon.
-Don’t drink too much alcohol the night before.
-Take a shower before visiting the salon because, for some time, the pattern cannot be wetted.
-Eat a healthy meal because the session can take several hours.
-Do not shave the place where the tattoo will be so as not to injure the skin.
What to do and not to do after a session:
The tattoo heals completely within 2-3 weeks. Follow all precautions and care recommendations that your master will assign. They may vary; it all depends on the material with which the tattoo artist works, the size of the pattern, and the application technique.
The general principles are:
-First, until the tattoo has healed, rinse the drawing with clean water several times a day. You can use fragrance-free soap.
-Lubricate the healing drawing with a cream that your master will advise.
-Do not sunbathe, do not steam in the sauna, and do not do intense workouts so as not to sweat. During the healing time of the drawing, this is very important.
-If the tattoo itches, treat it with light patting. Do not comb the drawing on purpose.
-Do not scrape off the resulting crust.
-After the tattoo has healed, the masters are usually invited to a correction session. If the drawing is deformed due to the fact that you took care of it incorrectly, the master has the right to refuse to make a correction for free.
How to find a good tattoo artist?
First of all, study their portfolio. The style of work should be uniform and neat. If in the portfolio you see a mixture of styles, a lot of pictures from the Internet, ordinary stars, hearts, and other simple works, then you definitely should ask this artist if he or she is comfortable with your tattoo design. Also, the approach in their work will tell about the professionalism of the artist. A good tattoo is a costly undertaking. Well, of course, safety and hygiene are paramount. A proper tattoo artist should have sterilization devices in their arsenal, individual craft bags with disposable tools – this goes without saying.