Not only it is important to be sure of wanting to have a tattoo, but also know the style, design and where in the body you want it.

before getting a tattoo

Black, symbolic, colored or to remember important moments. The tattoos can be a stylish personal brand, a piece of art on your body. However, there are several points to consider when making one.

1. Know what a tattoo is and be 120% sure you want to have one
A tattoo is a permanent mark on the skin, made with ink or pigments. For thousands of years people have become tattoos as a cultural expression of belonging, individualism or rebellion. Others, like criminals and slaves, were “marked” with tattoos.

There is also an upward trend among women and adolescents, although in many countries it is illegal to get a tattoo before age 18.

Remember that it will be there forever. Beyond what you do, what you wear or how your body changes.

It is essential to be absolutely sure of wanting one. Also, know what tattoo, what size and exactly on what part of the body.

2. Prepare to “suffer”
A tattoo artist inserts ink into the skin through needles or an electric machine. The needles penetrate the skin between 80 and 150 times per second.

And hurts. How much? It depends on your tolerance for pain. Some find it very painful, others simply annoying or irritating. A good description is that it feels like an intense scrape of skin.

3. Choosing the place and the artist
Today the variety of styles of tattoos is immense and the same happens with those who dedicate themselves to this art.

So, first of all, after deciding what type of tattoo you want – is not the same as a tribal black only that flowers style cartoon with vivid colors – is to investigate what artist is dedicated to this technique.

The red ink is more causes allergy. It is recommended to avoid red colors and its derivatives, such as orange, violet, red wine and others that contain a mixture of pigments that include red.

The more ink you use, the greater the risk of allergy or rejection.

4. The cheap goes expensive
A tattoo at the end is acquired by a commercial transaction. You will also use your own body as a basis and that probably be with you throughout life. So asking to inspect the place where you will do it is not any exaggeration.

Make sure you know the full name of the artist, who works in a well-known place, with high standards of hygiene, where needles and gloves are used only once.

The tattooist must have experience and not be an amateur. Would you give the care of your liver or your heart to an “amateur artist” to save a few cents? Well, the skin is not the exception.

Another factor to take into account is that the ink bottles used for the tattoo are completely new and clean and are from a recognized manufacturer.

At a minimum, the name and identity of the manufacturer should appear printed on the bottle, which should also have some kind of declaration of ingredients.

Sometimes it is necessary to dilute the ink in water. In this case recommends sterilized water, which is easy to find in pharmacies. It is best to bring it. The distilled water is not always sterile. And a warning: “Never use tap water”.

And most importantly, trust your instincts. Does the place look clean? Hygienic? Does the tattoo artist open and willing to answer your questions or rather annoying and uncomfortable?

5. Be aware of the risks. And avoid them.
The tattoos are needles in your skin, so that the greatest risk comes from the use of contaminated needles that can infect you so complex diseases such as HIV or hepatitis. Professional tattoo artists use sterile equipment and new (disposable) needles with each client.

Another risk is to develop an allergic reaction to the pigment used. This does not necessarily happen immediately, but it can take days to develop and go from a small red rash to an open wound that becomes infected.

In addition, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) warns that it is not good to get tattoos on skin with moles, as this will prevent important changes.

6. Invest time in your care
If the tattooed skin feels dry, it is good to apply a neutral and hypoallergenic lotion, based on water or cream. Contrary to popular belief, vaseline is not recommended, as it can cause the ink to run or cause an allergic reaction.

It is also very important, protect the tattooed area from sun, avoiding it, covering it or using a sunscreen with factor 30 or higher.

In addition to the tattooed skin is vulnerable – like a minor burn – ultraviolet light can erase parts of the tattoo.

It is important to visit a dermatologist for any allergies or reactions. Not only in the first few weeks, but when happens, since the skin may react even years later.

What if everything fails? Calm down. Today there is the possibility of removing a tattoo if everything goes wrong or you just do not want it anymore in your body.

However, it is an expensive and generally painful process.

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