So, you are thinking about getting your first tattoo and don’t know where to start? Exciting, right? Unless you have been thinking about it for a very long time, you probably have no idea what you want or where you want it! Below are a few tips to help you in one of the coolest and most awesome decision you will ever have to make: What will be your first tattoo!

Take your Time

Think about what you want, do some research, look at different styles of tattoo, talk to your friends and family, and get inspired. Ask yourself why you want a tattoo; does it have a special or emotional significance for you? Or is it more the aesthetics that you are interested in? Try to avoid fads and pop culture references such as famous people, movies, songs or books, as people will forget and they might not age well…

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Think about WHERE you want your tattoo

Think about how your tattoo will look on different parts of your body, and remember that as you move, the tattoo will change shape and will look a bit different; your skin is not a flat piece of paper. Also remember to consider the fact that, depending on your lifestyle, you might need to hide your tattoo every once in awhile, for personal or professional reasons.

Talk with your Tattoo Artist

Talk to your chosen Tattoo Artist about your idea, where you want it and why. Listen to what he or she has to say, take their advices at heart and even take the time to sleep on it if you need to, don’t rush into anything. Remember that your Tattoo Artist has experience and knowledge that you don’t have and their counsels are priceless! (Click here for tips on choosing the right tattoo artist) 

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Ask your Tattoo Artist to put the stencil on your skin, on the body part that you have chosen, look at it carefully in the mirror and ask other people to look at it as well. Is there anything that doesn’t look right or that could be misconstrued for something else? If there is writing, are there any typos? Are you certain the spelling and the grammar are right? Again, walk away with the stencil on if you need to, show it to your friends and wait until you are absolutely certain that it is what you want before the work starts, because tattoos are forever (unless you count laser removal therapy!)