So you want to get a tattoo, huh? Great! Tattoos are a wonderful way to express your creativity. The problem is that a tattoo comes with commitment, and what you like today may not be what you like tomorrow. Getting ink you will want to keep should be the goal of everyone getting a tattoo. Unfortunately, not everyone gives it as much thought as they should. I remove tattoos for a living and I’ve seen some doozies! I even have a bad tattoo myself, so I have some experience to back me up. Hopefully, reading this list will help you avoid the common mistakes that make people “Re-think their ink!”
1. Getting a tattoo is a process, not a spur of the moment decision.
This one is tough. Everyone, at some point or another, has that desire to be a rebel. Getting a tattoo is a good way to show that youthful spirit. However, that split second decision can leave you with a lifetime of regret. Research the artists in your area. Go to the shops, look at their work. Do you like what you see? Give it some time, think about it. I would advise at least 1 week of visiting shops before committing to your ink.
2. They call them tattoo “Artists” for a reason.
You may think that you can draw. Chances are, although you may be able to doodle, you are no Rembrandt (although I have seen some Picasso’s). It’s best to leave the artwork to the artist. You don’t have to leave your sketch at home, take it with you to the shop and show it to the artist. Let the tattoo artist work some magic on your idea, but please, for the love of God, don’t use your sketch as the exact template of what will go on your body!
3. 99.99999% of the time, names are a BAD idea!
I remove more name tattoos than any other type. Think about it this way; Go back to your childhood. Who are you still friends with TODAY? If you can count them on one hand (or less), that proves my point. Relationships are always in a state of flux. ANYTHING can happen, and having a name tattooed on your body when things go south is just bad mojo. And NEVER get a tattoo of someone’s name to prove to them that you love them. They might not love you back, and that’s a hangover you don’t deserve.
4. Think about job security.
You may want to show off your tattoo sometimes, but beware about showing it off all of the time. Visible tattoos can be an instant career killer. Tattoos on your face, neck, hands and fingers can knock you right off of many a career path. Consider getting your tattoo in a place that you can show off when you want to. I know plenty of teachers with sleeves. They are rad on the weekends but wear long sleeves to remain professional during the week. You don’t have to sacrifice your career to look cool.
5. Stay Sober.
I have removed a ton of tattoos that are the result of impaired judgment. When you are in an altered state your mind plays tricks on you. Have you ever had the misfortune of waking up next to someone after a night on the town only to realize your “beer goggles” got the best of you? Well that, “Oh, my God! What have I done?” lasts only until you can get out the door (as fast as you possibly can). With a tattoo, that feeling can linger the rest of your life! Being sober will allow you to choose what you want and where you want it, which is a much better recipe for long term success.
Tattoos can be a wonderful way to express yourself if you take the time to do it right. You should get the ink you want to keep! But hey, if you decide to go your own way, call me anyway. That’s what I’m here for!