Are You Planning On Getting A Tattoo

Are You Planning On Getting Inked?

Are you planning on getting inked? In these current times it’s an absolute no-no. But maybe it’s on your bucket list?

As a kid, I remember staring at my domestic help who sported tattoos on her forehead and forearms. She would regale me with tales of how her mother got her name inked on her arm as a little girl, and how her husband got her to tattoo a ‘bindi’ on her forehead.

She would go into details about the procedure, and I would cringe from within on hearing the “gory” details. “Didn’t it hurt?” I would always wonder and she would chortle at my innocence and curiosity.

Today, the tattoo has earned a place of pride on many a young and old body. Names, poems, epigrams, portraits of loved ones, signs and symbols, totems, numerals…there are a hundred things people pick to flaunt on their bodies.

I, too, was wondering if I should get a tattoo. Paw prints on my arm would look cute, but the dilemma continues to this day—to get inked or not to get inked remains a question.

The reason why I can’t gather enough courage is, the possibility of an infection or a skin allergy.

The other reason is that, with age, our body gets wrinkly. Imagine how the tattoo will transform from the beautiful picture it was to a wrinkled, crumpled version as we age.

So, if you are planning on getting inked, do deliberate over it before you take the plunge and take into consideration the following things to stay safe.

5 Things To Remember Before Getting Inked

#1 Check out the parlor or ask for recommendations

There may be many a tattoo parlor, but, frankly, not every parlor warrants a visit.  Enquire about the best parlor before going ahead with your plan. Make sure the tattoo artist is well trained in the art, has worked as an apprentice and holds a license in tattooing and piercing.

#2 Equipment used

A tattoo artist uses various tools for tattooing, namely an adjustable chair for the customer, tattooing gun and needles, inks, ink caps, gloves etc.

Make sure the chair is comfortable and the room is well lit and ventilated. If it is a suffocating, sleazy kind of a place, scoot!

The needles need to be unused. Tattooing involves piercing the skin, so the needles have to be clean and sparkling new. Avoid skin allergies at all costs.

Cleanliness and hygiene are the top priorities of a tattoo artist. An artist cannot take a risk with that as their reputation is at stake. So, if you do find an artist giving zero attention to this detail, just leave!

#3 Care after the tattoo

Get the details for aftercare. You need to allow the tattoo to heal completely before flaunting it to the world. Wash it multiple times a day with an antiseptic soap and water and shade it from sunlight. A moisturizer or an ointment prescribed by the artist or your doctor must be applied to avoid any infection from setting in.

#4  The right tattoo

Think carefully about the design you wish to get tattooed. Check out the designs created by the artist at the tattoo parlor and select the one that YOU love. If it’s your first time, select a small and simple design, just so you get a feel of it. Once you are comfortable, you could go in for a more detailed design.

#5 Do not be in a hurry

Neither to get the tattoo, nor to show it to one and all!

 Firstly, a tattoo is a permanent fixture on your body. Make sure the artist knows precisely what you want. Spelling errors or blunders can cause embarrassment for life, so choose the design or words with care.

Secondly, choose the spot on your body with care. Wherever you decide to get the tattoo, remember, it HURTS, badly. Select an area where you can bear the pain. Ask the artist to help you out with it.

And, it takes a laser removal if you wish to get rid of a tattoo, so think a hundred times before going in for this embellishment!

If you still wish to get inked, go ahead, but do remember these important points.

Wish you the best!

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Shilpa Gupte is a health and wellness blogger at Metanoia. Through her posts she tries to spread awareness about mental health and the need to speak openly about it, as well as women's health and the importance of self-care. She also writes on food through healthy recipes and her posts on nutrition. She finds comfort in books and art and her pets provide her with endless entertainment and insights on Life.

10 Comments on “Are You Planning On Getting Inked?

  1. I always wonder, what if the person doesn’t like the tattoo after many years? Develops a dislike for it. Afterall, our perceptions, likes and dislikes change over years. How will the person feel? Can all tattoos be removed?

  2. This is a useful post. Each time we go to Goa the issue of tattoos comes up. Last December my brother-in-law and my niece got it done. The most important bit, as you mentioned, is to give it plenty of thought and not be in a hurry.
    I do wonder how I’d react if one of the children want a tattoo at some point.

  3. I’d like to have a tattoo as a sort of permanent identity of mine, maybe like a quote that is special to me. But I still don’t know what it should be…so I don’t know what to get tattooed yet. Also, I’m pretty worried about the artist getting it wrong too. 😛 These are great tips.

  4. I now have three tattoos and the first one was the impulsive one. Rather I was hung up on it and just wanted one. When I reached the salon, I didnt know what I wanted and where. It took some bits of soul searching and then it was done.

    Yeah the pain factor is high; but it soon dulls as the procedure progresses. I find threading more painful then getting inked 😉

    Cleanliness and care is a must and most important thing to remember as the skin will become raw and chances of infection are high.

    Wrinkly skin and all will happen when you get verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry old or lose a lot of weight suddenly – I dont see either things in your case and think you should go ahead and get inked – the paw sounds the amazing Shilpa. Go for it girl!

  5. My elder son loves them but I am horrified every time he gets it. But that’s just me. He plans, designs and then gets it done. I am no fan of tattoos.

  6. These are some essential tips to know before getting inked. I like tattoos. They look cool and bold. More like a statement. But it’s not for me. I am almost certain that I will never get it. Not because of the pain. I don’t like to wear nose pins or pierce my ear to wear more than one earrings either. Probably it’s my lazy attitude toward grooming that makes these decisions. 🙂

  7. Some part of me wants to get a tattoo done. A phoenix in fact but a part of me is scared. But knowing me, eventually I think I will get it done. May be for my 60th birthday in a few years time!

  8. I belong strongly to the set of people who believe in the beauty of tattoos.
    Id say, no. 5 is actually no.1! It is permanent and you cannot change your mind. Take your time and you will cherish (each of) your tattoos.
    short term pain and yes, proper care are requirements – but the payoff is long term, it is daily as a matter of fact when you enjoy the tattoo/s you have 🙂

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