Things You Need to Know Before Getting Your First Tattoo

It’s both daunting and exhilarating to get your first tattoo, and you’ve probably already got a million questions. What will the pain be like? How can you tell if a parlor is safe or not? How much will it set you back? Before you get anything permanently attached to your body, make sure you’ve answered all of these questions (and much more) completely.

Despite the fact that I have nine tattoos and counting, I am far from an authority in tattoo care. So I invited the help of the best in the business (a celebrity tattoo artist and two dermatologists) to drop the beans on everything tattoo-related, including removals, reactions, and cost. Along with their expert medical advice, I also offered a few takeaways from my own needle experiences — both the good and the very, very horrible. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know before getting your first tattoo.

The cost varies based on the size.

The cost of a tattoo is determined by the size and type of tattoo you want. Also, if they find out you’re a tat virgin, they can try to charge you more. Before you walk in, call and ask for an estimate, though keep in mind that the price may change significantly once the design is drawn. Bring someone who has had tattoos before to assist you in negotiating, or do some cost research ahead of time to ensure you don’t get ripped off.


A tiny heart tattoo, for example, shouldn’t cost much more than that because many parlors have minimum costs (typically $50 or $100). If someone offers to do your tattoo for $15, DON’T DO IT. Infections and sloppy work may be associated with sketchy artists. Because your tattoo will be on your body for the rest of your life and your health may be jeopardized, it’s a worthwhile investment.

However, some tattoo parlors offer legitimate seasonal tattoo sales, such as for Halloween or Friday the 13th (I’ve even seen some for Harry Potter’s birthday). They’re known as “flash sales,” and they allow you to select a pre-drawn design at a reduced price.

Aside from that, tattoo shopping isn’t the time to save money. Instead, put money aside for a trustworthy, professional tattoo artist. “Rather than settling for ‘quick food,’ you should wait until you can afford to be tattooed by the artist you want,” says celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang McCurdy, who has tattooed Kylie Jenner, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato. “You won’t be sorry for waiting, but you will be sorry for not waiting.”

The parlor should be immaculate (like SPOTLESS spotless).

Getting a tattoo isn’t the same as changing your hair color. Another person has created an open wound that could become infected if the shop does not take adequate precautions. Though how surfaces and instruments are cleaned is far more vital, the business should look and smell as clean as a hospital.

Make that the artist is wearing clean gloves and is using a new, disposable needle and ink cup.

By reusing needles, you risk spreading infection or contracting a serious illness like HIV or Hepatitis B. Yes, this is a serious situation. As a result, your artist should use a fresh, single-use needle, as well as fresh cups, napkins, and gloves. To ensure that the needle package is clean, make sure they open it in front of you. more details

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