I’ve been browsing through other bloggers’ posts and thought I’d make a blog post about something that’s related to personal life, instead of something related to academia. I thought about what style to write this post in and I’ve decided a sort of FAQ style would be appropriate. Here are some common questions I’ve heard regarding tattoos and my personal answers. NOTE: I am not a professional, however, I have many tattoos and have been tattooed by many artists. Also, I have many friends that have shared their tattoo experiences with me.

“What should I get?”

It’s totally up to you what you want to get and it doesn’t necessarily have to have some sort of deep meaning behind it. You should really think about what you want to get because it will be on your body for the rest of your life. It’s something that people will judge you on, not that that should deter you from a certain tattoo idea, but it is something to keep in mind. If you’re not 100% sure what you want, I recommend waiting for that “eureka” moment.

“Will it hurt?”

Yes, tattoos hurt. They consist of multiple needles entering and exiting the skin at a high frequency. How much it will hurt depends on your personal pain tolerance, location of the tattoo and a few other factors. I’ll admit, some of my tattoos didn’t necessarily hurt, but it wasn’t a comfortable feeling that I would want to feel all the time. From my experience, I can tell you that foot, rib and back tattoos are some of the more painful ones, but again, everyone is different and everyone has different pain tolerances.

“Where’s a good place to get tattooed?”

There are plenty of good places to get a tattoo. Finding a tattoo shop for an appointment requires research. You need to find an artist that tattoos in a style you like, as many artists have one or two specific styles that they are especially comfortable with. You should also make sure the tattoo shop is sanitary and takes the proper steps to ensure you’re comfortable and everything is done safely and correctly.

Final Tips

I suggest bringing a friend if it’s your first tattoo, as it’s always nice to have a bit of support and a hand to hold. Also, remember that a good quality tattoo and good sanitation costs money, you’re better off saving a little more money to get a good quality tattoo and ensure your safety (dirty instruments can be very dangerous) than to get a cheap tattoo that ends up getting infected. Think about all the aspects of a tattoo before getting one done.