Some people utterly hate them, some – deem them the most precious elements of their bodies. Some are afraid of needles and the pain they cause, and only appreciate drawings on others. The rest claim it’s more like a stinging sensation that is still worth it, because you feel it for a short period of time only, and the tattoo stays with you forever.

Opinions on tattoos vary as much as the world is wide. I have three – and I’m planning more. Strangely, I have to confirm that getting tattoos is addictive. Here’s my advice to anyone who’s thinking of getting one (it might not end on one, in spite of what your current attitude is) or is just eager to learn something more from a first-hand experience.

  1. Think it through, then think again – is that inscription really that significant, do you like this drawing, do you need it that much?

If it’s your first tattoo, you’re probably going to want it to mean something tremendously important, the light of your life, something that has a long and complicated background story which you will have to repeat to everyone so they know how deep and close to your heart it is. At least this is what I wanted. But it doesn’t have to be. It could be anything you like, be it only because it’s pretty. But if it’s a real cliché – not to mention anything specific but these are widely recognised, so it’s not necessary – make sure you know what you’re doing.

  1. Choose the right part of your body.

If it’s on your arm, be aware that it’s very likely that everyone will be able to see it quite frequently. Your wrists are probably the most exposed (unless you’re considering your neck, or face) and this may have impact on your chances of being employed in certain professions in the future. You shouldn’t get it on your hands, especially fingers, as it will end up looking smudged at some point. Wherever bones are visible, it’s gonna hurt more. But it’s a kind of annoying feeling that you have to endure, although you might find yourself liking it. If your tattoo is big and complicated, this won’t be pleasant at all though.

  1. Take care of it when it’s done.

This can’t be overlooked. It will really affect the way it presents itself in the future. Protect it from sunshine, which will be easier if you have it done during a season other than summer, put cream on it as your tattoo artist will advise you to. It’s only for a few days – treat it like a newborn baby.

Don’t try to save money on it. The quality – and, most importantly, your skin’s health – are crucial. If you are worried, make sure you don’t have any allergies that could prevent you from getting a tattoo. And if everything’s okay, enjoy it! Then the next one. And the next one…

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