Getting a tattoo is probably something we all have in our bucketlists. It can be frightening, especially if you haven’t been inked before. There’s a lot of questions going in your head that you constantly ask around your friends who have done it.

Does it really hurt a lot? Honestly, it’s not as painful as it looks like in the movies, but it still depends on your pain tolerance. You can also Google the cheat sheet for the least and most painful body parts to get tattooed on. That way you can be prepared once the needle touches your skin.

Which design should I pick? Choose what you want because it’s going to be on your skin, not theirs. Choose something you know you won’t regret later on. 

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Don’t settle for cheap tattoo

You may not see it instantly, but the cheapest tattoos look like shit in the long run. Save up and get inked at a credible place where they actually practice safety. Don’t go to sketchy tat places if you’re expecting a high quality design. Take my word for it.

Estimate your pain tolerance

Personally, it didn’t hurt at all when I got my first tats. They were located on my wrist and on my spine, and these two were some of the most painful parts according to Google. It only felt like an ant constantly biting me, but again, that depends on where you are along the pain scale. Another thing to note, the area may get sore for people with extremely sensitive skin. But overall, if you don’t turn pale every time you get your blood sample, then you’ll most likely survive.

It’s okay to get a small tat first

I chose two small tats during my first time because I wanted to test out the pain, and that I can easily hide them if I ever get irritated in the future. You may try doing that if you’re not whole-hearted about getting inked.

Choose your design wisely

Don’t be this guy. There’s no turning back once it’s on your skin, so choose your design wisely, unless of course you have tons of money to have it removed later on. Prep the design if you already have something in mind, and tell your artist all the details. As much as possible, choose custom art, not mainstream designs. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT spontaneously put your boyfriend or girlfriend’s name or photo because there’s no guarantee that you’ll stay with them forever. Even matching tattoos can be a bad idea. A lot of people have regretted it, and it’s honestly pretty funny. 

It’s okay to ask questions

It’s totally fine to ask around if you’re still having doubts about it. Ask friends, Google stuff up, or even ask the tat artist himself about what’s bugging you. It’s going to be on your skin forever, so get all the information that you need.

All those butterflies in your stomach is totally understandable on your first tat experience. You may even get shaky during the process so remember to breathe and relax. Don’t let your fear stop you from doing what you want. It’s worth it.

Once you finally have the guts to get inked, the artist will give you directions on how to care for your tat after the process. Make sure to follow it if you want a long-lasting high quality design. It won’t hurt to follow instructions.