Top Things To Consider Before Getting A Tattoo

Last week I made the somewhat impulsive decision to get my second tattoo. I was going to the tattoo parlour with one of my friends so that I could get pierced and she could get two tattoos, after watching the artist ink my friend I figured I might as well take the plunge and go under the needle myself. My first time getting tattooed was pretty much the same experience. I have always been intrigued by tattoos, I think they are a beautiful form of self-expression and I have always believed that you can do whatever you want with your body. That being said I understand that some people are against tattoos, my parents being some of these people (shh they still don’t know!), and I get that it’s a big decision to permanently draw something on your body..

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Do Some Tattoo Research

Before getting tattooed do your research! Although the actual physical act of getting tattooed for me was impulsive, the design and the idea weren’t. I had known for years that I wanted to get a tattoo before I ever even set foot in the shop and I waited a few months after I decided on a design to make sure I wouldn’t grow tired of it. Websites like Pintrest and Tumblr can be great places to find ideas and inspiration but you have to be prepared of the possibility that you might run into someone with the same tattoo as you. A girl came into the store I work at a few weeks ago with the exact same symbol tattooed on her ankle that I have on my ribs. It was a slightly weird feeling to say the least. I eventually realized that while the symbol might be the same the meaning and story behind the tattoo was different to both of us. Each of my tattoos has a special and personal meaning to me. Even if when I’m a wrinkled 87 year old woman and I regret the designs on my body I know I won’t regret what they represent to myself.


Find A Trusted Tattoo Parlour

On the more technical aspect of things you need to make sure you go to a reputable tattoo parlour. There are tons of tattoo shops in Ottawa but not all of them are equal. When deciding to get tattooed look up reviews of shops and artists to be positive that you are going to a clean place and an experienced person. This is going to be on your body forever and you don’t want it to turn out wrong. I went to the same place for both of mine and I am more than happy with the results. Also, this is probably common sense, but triple check the spelling if you are going to get a word or phrase on you.

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