– So You’re Thinking of Getting Your First Tattoo – A Look at the Pros And Cons Of Tattoos –

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By Mike Allred

On Getting Your First Tattoo: Pros And Cons Of Tattoos

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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

impress yourselfFor 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.red-33733_640

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.


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Hey guys, so this video was inspired by my latest tattoo that I started on a few days ago.

I hadn't been tattooed in about 2 years so I started to think about all of the things that I do to make it a more comfortable experience. I decided to make a video about it to help other people that are thinking about getting a tattoo or who are getting their first.

I hope this helps :)

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5 thoughts on “– So You’re Thinking of Getting Your First Tattoo – A Look at the Pros And Cons Of Tattoos –

  1. Kendrick says:

    Thanks for this wonderful post! I have been thinking about getting a tattoo when I was a teen and I was waiting till I was a little older to get one.

    You have put together a great post about the pros and cons of getting a tattoo. Your personal story shined some light on my thoughts… that it is too much to pay for a tattoo just to get it removed! I need to be really sure about my choice before I commit to a tattoo. And don’t mess up with my choice.


  2. James W D says:

    You make some very valid points here. I worked in a professional atmosphere for a while and you were not allowed any tattoos to show at all, so it is very important to keep that in mind.

  3. Kris says:

    Hi Mike,
    I couldn’t agree more. People should definitely think ahead before deciding what to get and where to put it. My first, and only so far, tattoo was one single rose bud on my shoulder blade. It’s not visible in the professional environment but it’s special to me and I know it’s there. Thanks for the advice!

  4. Stacy says:

    I have 9 tattoos, 4 of which I got when I was under 18. I totally agree with your article. I have 3 that I now regret. The biggest being one an ex drew for me and I added his initials when I get the tat. Naturally we are no longer together, so I will be needing a cover up.
    Definitely they should think about placement. I have one on each wrist and my lower arm, thankfully this never affected my ability to get a job. I know it can though, consider your future career choice before getting sleeves or a neck tattoo, lol.

    • Sandi says:

      Hi Stacy, what a journey you’ve got ahead of you if you plan to go the tattoo removal route. Cover ups are a fantastic solution for tatts in honour of someone you no longer like, lol. So long as they are well placed.

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