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Getting Your First Tattoo

Danger lurks around the corner….

This article was penned on Thanksgiving of 2020, but even if you find it well after the leftovers are done the concept holds true – there are some “turkeys” to avoid when it comes to getting your first tattoo. Here they are.

3 Big Flops That You Can Make When Getting a Tattoo for the Very First Time

1. Not Doing Your Research First

We get it. You’re excited about getting a tattoo and don’t want to wait another day to get it done, especially when you’ve been putting it off for so long. However, choosing the right tattoo studio and artist is everything. You must resist the urge to go to a studio just because you know a guy who knows a girl who referred you to one. You must also not choose one based solely on the proximity of the shop to your home. Instead, you need to do your homework because this is one of the most important decisions you will ever make – it’s permanent art on your body after all!

Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Follow this 5-step guide to choosing a tattoo studio, and this one on how to choose a tattoo artist. If you’re still set on doing a walk-in, at the very least read this article about how it works before you lace up your shoes and head over to a studio near you.

2. Not Carefully Considering the Design (and Motivation)

Are you absolutely sure that they design you have in mind will be evergreen? Ask yourself, will the design/concept hold up in five, ten, or 20 years from now? Is the design of choice reactionary to current events, be they sociopolitical or personal (i.e. a recent relationship)? There are designs/concepts that people regret and ones they don’t, no matter what happens later in life. View our 5-step guide to getting a tattoo that you will never regret and you can enter a studio with absolute confidence that you’ve made the right choice.

3. Not Following Aftercare Instructions

This may seem like an overly logical mistake to avoid but it’s the most common flop made by first-timers. Not listening and explicitly following your tattooist’s aftercare instructions leads to a tattoo fading faster than it normally would. Consider your tattoo for what it is – a permanent work of body art that is meant to last your lifetime. Why would anyone not want to do all that they can to protect its integrity? We know life gets in the way, but all we ask is that you follow your artist’s professional advice for the days, weeks, and short months after getting inked. Do that and your tattoo will stand proud for decades to come. View more on what causes a tattoo to fade.

Kick the turkeys above to the curb by choosing Adrenaline Studios for your first tattoo. All you need to do is contact a tattoo shop near you for a consultation to get started.

Another article you may be interested in:

Thanksgiving Tattoo Ideas