The majority of tattoos are applied without any problem, but there are some that result in a less than desirable outcome. For this reason, the potential risks associated with getting a tattoo cannot be overlooked. Unsanitary equipment is the main concern that most individuals face when getting a tattoo. The potential for contracting a disease is high with equipment that is not properly cleaned after each use. In addition, tattoos can often result in a skin infection if either the equipment used to create the tattoo is dirty or if the individual does not properly care for the area following a tattoo’s application. (more…)
Each and every one of us is always on the lookout for great deals and any way to save money that we can find. With the Internet being so popular these days, many people often turn to the Internet for free tattoo designs. For most of us, free is always the way to go. When you stop and think about it, a free tattoo design sounds a lot better than paying as much as $150.00 for one at a tattoo studio. The fact about it is simple – someone could just as easily draw their tattoo design themselves and then pay the tattoo artist to put the tattoo on them.
All of us are familiar with the old saying “you get what you pay for”, and it’s truly no different in this scenario. Although there are hundreds and hundreds of websites on the Internet that provide free tattoo designs, few of them are really worth the interest. Most of the free designs out there on the Internet are very poor quality. Therefore, it would be in your best interest to wait and have a professional tattoo artist make the design for you.
Those who choose to go with free tattoo designs will tell you that tattoos are very expensive and they can’t afford to have a professional tattoo artists draw up the design. Some people, when dealing with custom tattoo designs, will say that their tattoo artist doesn’t do custom designs or that he just don’t want to do theirs. Although most of this may be true to an extent, there truly is no better way to get a tattoo than using a design made by a professional tattoo artist.
As most already know, free tattoo designs are normally made by those who know next to nothing about tattoo designing. In most cases, these designs are made by someone who is looking to make a quick profit instead of a true professional tattoo artist. You can easily tell that they aren’t professional quality simply by looking at them. Most free designs have poor quality, poor lines, and often times the work appears to be made on a personal computer. You certainly wouldn’t want to use something like this with your tattoo – simply because you will be showing it the rest of your life.
By Mike Allred
On Getting Your First Tattoo: Pros And Cons Of Tattoos
So you’re thinking of getting your first tattoo. Well, you’re not alone. Tattoos are more popular than ever. And getting a new tattoo seems to be on our minds more than ever.
These days tattoos are more common than ever. Tattoos have gained quite a bit in popularity over the years, giving people a chance to stand out and broadcast who they really are. Men and women alike have tattoos, some covering their entire body. The choice is entirely up to you though, as you can get a tattoo in virtually any size you want.ent trip to the beach, it seemed as if over half the sun worshipers were showing a bit of skin art somewhere on their bodies.
Now I’m not knocking tattoos at all. You see, I got inked twice in my younger days. So I know the urge to get inked can be quite strong. I also know that tattoos can be addictive. But before getting inked, think about the pros and the cons of a tattoo.
The Pros of Tattoos
Tattoos allow a person to show the world their personality. Tattoos allow a person to stand out in a crowd for sure. Depending on the design of the tattoo, it might carry a symbolic meaning.
For the young person, a tattoo can definitely make you feel better about yourself. A lovely young woman with a beautiful butterfly on the shoulder can be very sexy. And the well-known tramp stamp tattoo on a ladies lower back can raise the passion fires in a male observer.
Yes, tattoos can make you feel good about yourself, but think about the cons of tattoos.
The Cons of Tattoos
For the weak of heart, let me tell you — tattoos hurt. If your pain threshold is low, expect the pain to feel like red hot needles puncturing the skin. Now for some people, the pain is no big deal. But yes, tatts hurt for most of us mere mortals.
You also have the risk of infection when getting a tattoo. Always check out the tattoo studio for cleanliness and sanitation of all tattoo machines and inks.
Now here’s the biggy of tattoo cons. TATTOOS ARE PERMANENT. Think about this for a second. Tattoos don’t wash off. If you get a design you later regret, well sorry. It’s permanent. And it will cost you an arm and a leg to have it removed.
My Personal Tattoo Removal Story
Here’s a little personal note about tattoo removal.
When I got inked in Hong Kong while in the navy — I was 19 at the time — that beautiful tattoo cost me just $20US. Later, back in the states, I had the tattoo removed. (That’s another story.) The tattoo removal cost $1,800.
And this was before laser tattoo removal. Back then the only way to remove a tattoo was to grind it off or do a skin graft. My surgeon ground it off (known as dermabrasion today). I still have the large ugly scars on my forearms now decades later.
Yes, there are pros and cons about getting your first tattoo. Take a little advice from a guy who has been there and done that. Think long and hard before getting a VISIBLE first tattoo.
You see, that was my big mistake when I got my first tattoo. I got it on my forearm.
Well, back in the real world that one forearm tattoo caused me much grief from employers, college admission officers, girls I wanted to date (and especially their parents), and even caused me problems advancing up the corporate ladder in health care management (my first job out of college).
Think Far Ahead Into Your Future…
Think ahead 10, 20, or 30 years. How will that tattoo fit into your career plans and lifestyle in 10 years? What if you go into a profession, or politics? Have you ever been treated by a doctor with a full sleeve tattoo? In all my years, I haven’t. Just think about it.
For your first tattoo, get it somewhere not visible when wearing everyday clothes and a short sleeve shirt.
Yes, I know. Your mind’s made up and you’re going to get inked anyway. Well, I fully understand how you feel because I’ve been there and done that. Just remember this article before getting inked in a visible place on your body. And choose your first tattoo design carefully. You’ll most likely be living with it the rest of your life.
Once you have made the decision to get a tattoo you’ll need to find a qualified tattoo parlor. This is a very important decision, as it can easily make or break your tattoo. Before you decide on a tattoo artist or tattoo parlor, you must first see if they are qualified. There are hundreds of thousands of tattoo parlors out there, some better than others. If you go to a less than perfect tattoo parlor, you could very well end up with an infection that can cause you more trouble than you ever thought possible. Finding out how long a parlor has been in business is very important – as this will tell you how much business the parlor receives. (more…)
Obviously there is some concern about getting a tattoo because when you get a tattoo, you risk getting an infection, pain and wonder about the possibilities of infectious diseases. The process needs to be better understood. (more…)
Making sure you get the very best tattoo done can be a daunting task for anyone. But this will especially be the case if you are looking for your first piece. We all know that getting a tattoo is something of an investment for the future, therefore you will need to make sure you do everything exactly right in the first place.
Let’s go through a number of tips together, which are all aimed at helping you to guarantee that your next tattoo is one that you will treasure for many years to come. (more…)