Consider This Before Getting Your First Tattoo

Looking to get your first tattoo? It’s no secret that tattoos are more popular than ever. Whether you’re a first-timer, or you’ve already gotten a few and are looking to get more, here’s what you need to know before taking the plunge.

Why Should You Get A Tattoo?

Tattoos are a form of self-expression. They’re an opportunity for you to make an imprint on the world. Tattoos can also be used as memorials for loved ones who have passed away, or they can help us look back at our childhood and remember things we cherish from that time.

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Tattoos are also a very personal way of showing off who we are as individuals, whether it’s our personality traits like kindness and humor, or simply what we do in our free time like playing video games or reading comics. Whatever inspires humans—music artists they love, places they’ve traveled—there’s a good chance someone has immortalized those experiences on their body for everyone else to see!

When’s The Right Time To Get Your First Tattoo?

Ah, the age-old question. When is the right time to get a tattoo? Well, for starters, it’s important to consider who you are as a person. Are you someone who’s always looking for new experiences? Maybe you’re a good fit for our Mystery Tattoo Machine! Not so spontaneous? Setup a consult and we’ll work through all the details of your piece to make sure it’s just how you envision it. 

The truth is that there isn’t any one correct answer, but there are some key things to keep in mind before deciding the time’s right for you.

An important consideration is how having a tattoo or visible tattoo may affect your career in the future. It’s true that society and many employers are warming up to the idea of tattoos in the workplace. However, there are still some professions that frown upon visible tattoos. Be sure you’re not putting yourself out of any future opportunities by getting that face tattoo!

The price will also vary based on style. If you choose certain types of tattoos, like portraits or realism, then they will naturally take much longer to add in all of the details. A simpler design that is mostly solid fills or minimalistic line-work will be completed in a shorter time resulting in a lower cost for you!

Are You Ready?

Getting a tattoo is a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life, so it’s important to do your research. If you’re thinking about getting one— or if you already have one— here are some things to consider:

  • Tattoos are permanent. They don’t wash off in the shower and they don’t wear off over time like makeup does. While it’s true that tattoos can be removed or covered up, who wants to spend more money and endure more pain if they don’t have to?
  • Tattoos are addictive and can follow trends! This is why so many people flock toward certain designs or styles at any given moment; sometimes it’s because those particular designs/styles speak to them on a deep level. Other times the urge comes from seeing ink on other folks and wanting something similar for themselves. Whatever the reason, make sure you’re going to love your design for decades to come, because that tattoo isn’t going anywhere.

We hope that this article has helped you answer some of your questions about getting a tattoo. We know that it can be a big decision, but we’re here to tell you that it will be worth it! If you have any other questions about the process, feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call.


If you’re not sure how long getting your first tattoo will take, ask the artist beforehand! They’ll be able to give you an estimate based on their previous experience with similar pieces they’ve done. Your artist will also be able to offer tips and tricks on how to make sure everything goes smoothly during this new phase in life as well as how long certain things might take so there aren’t any sudden surprises along the way!