The rise in popularity of body art has led to an increase in the number of people who are getting tattoos. Also a-lot of people DOING tattoos, unfortunately not all of them properly, or safely. This guide is to educate those who are looking to get a tattoo, on how important it is to do their research before hand.
Tattoos are a permanent decision, so you want to make sure you are fully informed about the risks and regulations involved before making the commitment. The decision to get a tattoo is not one to be taken lightly. Before you make the commitment, here are things you should know about getting a tattoo.
Tattoos are regulated by state and local laws.
Before you get a tattoo, be sure to check with your local authorities to find out what the laws are in your area. For example, did you know that in the state of Florida it is illegal to get a tattoo if you are under the age of 18? If you’re caught getting a tattoo underage, you could be facing up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. In some states, like New York, you must be at least 18 to get a tattoo from a licensed professional, but there is no law against getting a tattoo from an unlicensed one. This is something you definitely want to avoid, as the risks of infection and other complications are much higher when getting a tattoo from an unlicensed artist.
Another example is Japan, where tattoos are seen as taboo. Tattoos are not illegal in Japan, but they are frowned upon by society. This is largely due to the fact that traditional Japanese culture associates tattoos with organized crime gangs (the Yakuza). As a result, many businesses have policies against hiring people with visible tattoos. There are also some public places, like pools and hot springs, that will not allow people with tattoos to enter.
Tattoos can be painful.
Getting a tattoo involves puncturing the skin with a needle. This can cause pain and bleeding. If you have a low pain tolerance, you may want to reconsider getting a tattoo. There are methods of using lidocaine or other numbing agents to help reduce the pain, but ultimately it is still going to hurt.
It is also important to know that the pain will vary depending on where on your body you are getting the tattoo. Tattoos on bones or tendons will be more painful than those on fleshier areas.
Tattoos can lead to infection.
This why it is so IMPORTANT make sure your getting tattooed by a licensed professional! If the needles used to apply the tattoo are not sterile, there is a risk of contracting an infection. Like hepatitis C, for example. Tattoos can also lead to other skin infections, such as staphylococcus aureus. If you have a weakened immune system, you are at an even higher risk of infection.
Be sure to do your research and only get a tattoo from a reputable artist by checking to see if they have any negative reviews, or have been reported for any health code violations.
Tattoos can cause skin reactions.
Some people may experience an allergic reaction to the ink or dyes used in tattoos. If you have a history of allergies, be sure to let your tattoo artist know before getting a tattoo. Most tattoo inks contain safe materials, but some tattoo inks can contain metals that can cause an allergic reaction. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to a Tattoo may include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Tattoos can fade over time.
The ink in tattoos can fade over time, especially if it is exposed to sunlight. If you want your tattoo to last, be sure to use sun block when in the sun and avoid tanning beds. Tattoo artists often recommend touch ups every few years to keep the tattoo looking its best.
Tattoos can be removed, but it is costly and painful.
If you regret your decision to get a tattoo, it is possible to have it removed. Laser removal isn’t the best method of tattoo removal and there are other methods like dermabrasion that can be used, but often times multiple treatments are required. Other methods are being developed, but as of now, tattoo removal is still quite a costly and painful process.
Tattoos can affect your job prospects.
Some employers may have restrictions on visible tattoos. Times are changing and now 46% of the American population have tattoos. Many employers are overlooking body art, but there are still some that may view them negatively. It is important to do your research on the company’s policies before applying for a job, or during an interview, to avoid any surprises.
Tattoos are a lifelong commitment.
Remember, tattoos are permanent. Once you get a tattoo, it is there for life. There are so many reasons to get a tattoo like to show your love for someone, to make a statement, or to commemorate an event.
Some view tattoos as their personal timelines using tattoos to remind them of certain elements of their lives. Tattoos can be seen as a form of self-expression; people use tattoos to show the world who they are and what they believe in.
There are an endless amount of designs and styles to choose from, so it is important to do your research to find the tattoo that is right for you. Make sure to look at a perspective tattoo artist’s portfolio to get an idea of their style and what they are capable of. Be sure you are ready to make this commitment before going through with it.
Tattoos are a permanent body modification and should be treated as such.
There are many things to consider before getting a tattoo, such as the pain, the cost of removal, and the impact it could have on your job prospects. Tattoos are a lifelong commitment, so be sure to do your research before making the decision to get one. Tattoo regulations vary by state and local laws, so be sure to check with your local authorities before getting a tattoo. Tattoos can be painful, so be sure to consult with your tattoo artist about the pain you may experience during the tattooing process. Tattoos can also lead to infection, so be sure to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist. Tattoos can cause skin reactions, so be sure to consult with your tattoo artist about the risks involved. Tattoos can be removed, but the process is costly and painful. Tattoos can also affect your job prospects, so be sure to weigh the pros and cons before making the decision to get one. Tattoos are a lifelong commitment, so be sure you are ready for the responsibility before making the decision to get one.
I hope this article has helped you in your decision-making process. Tattooing is an amazing art form that should be respected and admired. Tattoos are a permanent type of body modification that should be respected as such. Thank you for taking the time to read this!