Many of you may be thinking about getting a tattoo. I am a textbook example of how you can make mistakes when getting tattooed, especially if you’re getting your first tattoo. Here are some of the most common when it comes to getting inked, and questions you should definitely consider.
1. Why do I want to get a tattoo?
My Story: Nothing interesting. When I was 17 years old I came back home after 2 terrible months spent as a model in South Korea, and I had sworn to myself that I will never work as a model again. And that was the reason why I decided to get a tattoo, because it’s quite a big obstacle for being a model.
Here you can see the first big mistake. Getting a tattoo as a protest against something may seem ingenious at the time. But before you decide to get a tattoo you have to think about what the real reason for getting one is, and change your mind if it’s one of the following reasons: As a protest against parents, teachers, or against faith (religious or personal). If it’s “cool.” If your BFF also got a tattoo, or if you just want to seem more interesting.
You have to do it only for yourself, just because you really want it. Tattoo ink is not a marker!
My Story: I had many ideas about what pictures I wanted to get tattooed… And I definitely chose the stupidest one. I was thinking about notes and treble clef because I play several instruments. But no, I finally chose a star – I don’t own a star, I can‘t even draw a star, I’m not an astronomer, I do not want to be a superstar… I don’t have anything in common with the stars, absolutely nothing. But then it was just a cool idea.
If you want a picture tattooed, it definitely should have some meaning for you. It shouldn’t be anything transient or “in.” You like horses? – Get a tattoo of horse. You like music? – Notes. Sport? – Hmm, I’m out of ideas now, but whatever – maybe a soccer ball. Something that is really close to you.
The second option is an inscription, like a word, phrase, or quote.
One word – opposite rule than with the images or the quotations. I don‘t know who would like to have a wrist tattoo of the word “beef” or “football” … In this case are better general terms like”love” or “life.” You’ll know what it means to you.
A complete sentence – the same rule as with the images. The best would be something about your personal philosophy of life, describing the life you truly live. Actions you really do, or desires. The best option is when you hear the quote for the first time and you tell yourself, “This describes exactly everything I have done up through now.”
4. What is the right part of body for a tattoo?
My story: So I knew that I wanted the star, but I had to decide where to put it. At least at this point I wasn’t so stupid, I finally chose the abdomen so it is visible only when I’m wearing swimsuit. Think about the future! I know that now you won’t mind a tattoo in a visible place, but you don‘t know where your life will take you, and, for example, what profession you will choose. Even an innocent tattoo above the ankle could be a problem, if you worked in a prestigious company and you had to wear suits and high heels.
A huge tattoo taboo is getting a tattoo on your face. Everything else can be hidden, but you can’t walk with a mask on the street.
5. How long will this tattoo be fun and relevant to me?
My story: You must accept the fact that you may live with it all your life. I’m ok with my star. I’m not saying I’m happy I got it, but I do not mind.
Well, if we are talking about the classic tattoo, you should count on having it for the rest of your life. Imagine yourself at 50 years old with the tattoo, how do you feel about it?
Parents and friends will warn you, “You’ll regret it! You can not erase it!” and they are right.
What do you think?
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