Most of the people who have invested in a tattoo really love their permanent body art.
Unfortunately, there are also quite a few people who have a tattoo which they regret.
We’ve all probably heard of various examples of tattoo regret. This eventuality has inhibited some from getting a permanent piece of art placed on their body.
Thankfully, there are some steps you can take which can help prevent tattoo regret.
Love Your Tattoo Forever: 4 Steps to Help You Avoid Tattoo Regret
Hearing someone received a tattoo they regret is really upsetting to the artists. They want you to love your tattoo.
To this end, here are some steps you can take to avoid feeling regret after you invest in permanent body art.
1. Make Sure You Research Tattoo Artists
Find out what kind of reputation your artist-of-choice has. Here are some questions to ask when doing your research.
Do they have an exceptional word-of-mouth reputation for beautiful work?
Do they wear gloves and practice safe, hygienic tattoo placement?
What kind of reputation does the shop have as a whole?
Are there any complaints about the artist, the shop, or the employees?
Besides checking online reviews, it’s also a good idea to visit the shop in person. You’ll get a good idea of the level of cleanliness, in addition to the overall atmosphere and professionalism of the shop.
2. Ask to See the Tattoo Artist’s Portfolio
True professionals will have a portfolio of their previous work.
Take some time to look through the portfolio, not necessarily for design ideas, but to evaluate the level of
work the artist has.
3. Always Remember: You Get What You Pay For
A lot of people try to get a good deal on anything and everything, including their tattoos.
Unfortunately, you get what you pay for in most cases. There’s a reason why some artists charge more than others – their work is superior.
Think of getting a tattoo as investing in a piece of art. If you want the best, you’re going to need to pay for the higher level of quality and artistry.
4. Carefully Choose Your Design
Even though you already know this, it bears repeating – tattoos are permanent. Therefore, you should definitely put some time into deciding what design you really want.
Tastes change over time. What you liked when you were a kid, might not be what you’re into when you entered your teen or adult years.
Since a tattoo is with you forever, find a design which is going to bring you joy not just today, but years down the road.
Carefully Follow Your Tattoo Artist’s Aftercare Instructions
It’s important to remember a tattoo isn’t just a work of art.
When you get a tattoo, you have a needle going in and out of your skin repeatedly. As good as it may look, the fact remains you basically have a wound.
And like all wounds, you need to take extra special care of it, otherwise, it won’t heal.
Some common aftercare instructions include:
Keep the protective bandage on for at least five hours
Gently wash with hypoallergenic soap
Avoid scratching it (healing skin tends to itch)
Don’t let anyone else touch it
Avoid scented moisturizers (they will irritate the skin)
Wash your hands before touching the tattoo to avoid bacterial transfer.
When you come into Mystic Owl for your body art, we’ll give you complete set of aftercare instructions.
This will ensure proper skin healing and help you avoid an infection.
Your Tattoo Will Last a Lifetime – Make Sure You Stay True to You
A tattoo is one of the few things in life which will stick with you until the very end. Your tattoo is a visual expression of who you are, what you love, and even your values.
This is why it’s so important to make sure you actually want a tattoo, and you choose a design which is truly going to represent you now and into the future.
When you choose to get a tattoo, make sure you follow the above steps carefully. Doing so will help ensure your body art is something you’ll never regret.