Look before you Ink
By Thomas Miller
Getting a tattoo, especially for the first time can be either an exciting or a difficult process often ending in disappointment for those who do not do their research. Good artists, price ranges, a tattoo design, and placement are all things to be considered heavily. Especially before dishing out a hefty sum for an unimpressive dragon tattoo.
Walking into any old ink parlor is certainly one way to go, yeah. Maybe not, because on the other hand sitting down and doing some research could be exponentially more helpful in getting inked. Plenty of websites offer reviews, recommendations, and even pricing rates for the shop in question to better help prepare those about to be inked. Thus preventing any unsatisfied customers or unpleasant sessions.
Customarily in a parlor or shop, there are a couple cool looking designs on the wall. After having picked one out, and getting the customer settled in the chair, the artist would then prepare his equipment. A gun consisting of a power supply, foot petal and needle assembly. Usually fresh needles are preferred and legally they MUST be used. Since no research has been done, it wouldn’t be known to ask about this aspect of the process, and the artist wanting to save money doesn’t use fresh needles, nor does he tell you of this. Now not using fresh needles could result in infection, the skin rejecting the ink, or the design to look unsavory. In these instances the tattoo will heal, painfully, crack and peel and then be fully healed. A good practice for the care of fresh ink is any one of multiple ointments applied to skin to keep the ink and needle burns from getting agitated. Hopefully a friend or family member will bring this up. Not many people are aware of this, especially if they have never been tatted. Now, the area of the body where the ink will go is then shaved if needed and cleaned. Then the artist gets to his craft. Carefully and slowly inking out the outline of the dragon tattoo. Who knew it would hurt so much? Sixty bucks for this? Maybe it will be bigger than I thought? These questions race through many minds of almost every patron ever during their first session. The answers are as follows in order. Everyone. Sadly, yes. No it will be smaller than you hoped.
At the end of the day, there is absolutely zero reasons NOT to take time and gather as much information as possible on getting a tattoo, pricing, and processes. Some people may not care, but ink in the skin is ink for life. It should look as cool and professional as possible, not like some eighth grade doodle. Even coming up with a tattoo design at home should be a well thought out process. A dragon tattoo is a tattoo design worth the money and time spent on getting it right the first time. After a little research of course. Careful though, the first ink is never the last ink.