You’ve researched the history
and cultural significance of tattooing. You’ve determined
which message you want to show the world and whether, upon
deep consideration, a tattoo is the best way for you to do
so. You’ve chosen an image and you’re itching to hit the
tattoo parlor and get your ink. But first consider these
tips and consult the following resources:
Research the tattoo shop
or artist you want to go to. If your country or state
have established safety and permit procedures, be sure
to choose a licensed shop (for US, see
here). Where tattoo shops are not inspected, be
extra vigilant and inspect before you act.
Research the procedures
for removing a tattoo: laser treatment, dermabrasion,
salabrasion, scarification… Realize that these are as
painful and expensive as they sound, and not always
successful. Read more
Test-drive a tattoo: try
out your chosen image, its effect on your family and
friends, and its appeal after a period of time, by
having it applied with a temporary airbrush or with
henna. Less permanent inks and techniques are being
developed and will soon hit the market.
If you haven’t reached
legal age, know that no good tattoo artist will give
you a tattoo. If one is prepared to give you one anyway,
think twice: do you want a tattoo from someone who is
prepared to break the law? Can he be sanitary and safe?
Can he be a good artist?
Some tattoo facts from the
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (telephone
survey of 253 women and 247 men, conducted in 2004 published
In the U.S., almost one
out of four adults (24 percent) between 18 and 50 has at
least one tattoo.
Of all US adults between
18 and 29, a whopping 36 percent or one in three, has at
least one tattoo.
Nearly two-thirds of
those who have tattoos got them before they turned 24.
13 percent of the
respondents in the survey had problems with healing.
None of the respondents
had a tattoo removed, but 17 percent has considered it.