Experience is the most reliable variable in decision making. For the purpose of this article, you might need to consider me a wise old woman for a few minutes, even though my very young age makes me mildly experienced in pretty much anything. I got my first tattoo, and my second, this year alone. You might consider me obsessed, or simply sold on the whole tattoo culture. I would prefer the latter, as I want to share my experience with you and expect you to be receptive.
First and foremost, you should leave behind the idea that because most people you know have tattoos, they can’t be that painful. A tattoo gun holds a needle which punctures your skin as fast as lightning settling ink under it. It will feel like someone is scratching a sore spot over and over, and make your bones vibrate in the weirdest way. That being said, don’t be a pussy. I know people half your size covered in tattoos and they are still breathing.
Second of all, as much as a tattoo means the permanent mutilation of your body, it also involves a permanent investment. These beauties aren’t cheap, starting at $50-$60-$70 for even the smallest piece, and only climbing the ladder from there. Considering the artist is scheduling the procedure, using a fresh needle, doing the art work, it’s pretty fair. That being said, don’t be a cheap-ass. You are getting a piece of art on your body that will last you the rest of your pathetic life.
Thirdly, you need to respect tattooing as an artistic process. Tattoo artists are just that, artists, who know much more about drawing on the angles of your body than you could ever dream of. Their experience and advice should be held in high esteem, as much as mine is through this article. That being said, you need to speak up. You are the only one who will be regretting their decision later on when you aren’t sure about a few details of you piece.
Fourth on the list, appreciate the tattooing process. You might think that most tattoos take place during walk-ins, but they don’t. Getting a tattoo requires a bit of effort on your part, including the research of a tattoo shop, or most likely a tattoo artist who represents your style, a significant design, and the proper spot to showcase it. You will most likely meet the artist and discuss your piece before getting the actual work done, which gives you the opportunity to be certain of your decision. That being said, if you want to get it over and done with, there are certainly a few places you can find who will do you a quickie.
Last but not least, don’t forget to tip your artist when the deed is done. Most people will take for granted the care and attention your tattoo artist will give you and your piece, so think about it before leaving the shop all shaky and high on adrenaline.
There you have it, all basis covered, or pretty much. Good luck, and looking forward to what you come up with.
About Isabelle Royer
Has only been in Montreal for a few years now, but has learned the few important lessons of never biking behind a delivery truck, never flashing loose change on a street corner, never thinking a pigeon will move for you, and never taking the metro while in a hurry. Writing is a great way to share deep and life-changing experiences like these.