I want to point out, there is no such thing as a perfect tattoo.
There is always something that can be re worked, others will say it would have been better if done differently, that it’s too big or to small, etc.
But there is a way on getting to your perfect tattoo. I’m going to break it to you in 10 steps, and then explain every single one of them individually.
1. You need to be 100% percent sure that you want a tattoo
Tattoo is a decision that you carry on yourself for the rest of your life.
If you’re having doubts, second thoughts or are having a difficult time dealing with your decisions best thing is not getting a tattoo.
Fact is everybody makes decisions based on emotions. The key is knowing yourself well and know whether or not are those the types of emotions that will be with you your whole life, or you’ve just been pushed in it by a person or an event.
2. Pick the tattoo only for yourself
If the reason behind getting a tattoo is to show affection or love for someone, try and imagine what if you have made a wrong choice, what if you decide that you no longer wish to be a part of that group, or fall in love with another person.
Size should be determined by an image you are tattooing on yourself. Hiding the tattoo from your parents, job, family or anybody else influences on your tattoo. Make a compromise and work it out with people surrounding you in a way where you will be satisfied, not them.
3. Remove all and any prejudice you might have and gather the right information.
There are a few things that stand in your way on getting your ideal tattoo, and they are:
Your tattoo artist has best, firsthand information on all of them. Talk with your artist.
4. Ask around, browse through galleries and decide which tattoo studio is best for you
There is only one real advice. Use your EYES! Only they can tell you who is good enough for you and your tattoo. It is very important to use them in the right way.
You need to observe how an artist works, his technique, the way he uses colors and shadows, his diversity.
Never look at his finished work and want it on yourself. Every tattoo artist is capable of designing your tattoo by your request.
5. Arrange an interview with selected tattoo artist and find out your options.
It is very important to reach a compromise when discussing your tattoo with an artist.
You should present your idea, your vision and what you wish to get with it.
Tattoo artist should give his advice on how to do it best, using his experience and knowledge.
The result is total satisfaction that you’ll wear with pride.
If only one side is trying to make it their way, the result is far from satisfying.
Fact is you know what you want, but you don’t know how it is done.
Tattoo artist knows how to get the tattoo done right, but he doesn’t know what you want.
Without the cooperation from both sides, there are no results. Tattooing is a symbiosis between a clients and his tattoo artist.
6. Listen to the advice of the tattoo artist.
A lot has been said regarding this subject in the previous step.
You need to understand that you have chosen your tattoo artist for a reason.
And if that’s the case then you need to give him your full trust and listen to his advices.
You don’t have to like them, but you need to accept them because he’s giving them to you for a reason.
Reason being he’s the on doing the tattoo.
If you’re giving up because you didn’t hear what you wanted to hear ask yourself have you come to make a tattoo at best possible tattoo artist you could find, or are you just looking for a tattoo service.
To be clear..
Anyone with their own tattoo equipment and who will charge you for the tattoo can give you a tattoo service.
You can only get your ideal tattoo at tattoo artist.
Example…a bit extreme, but it serves the purpose
Women that sell their bodies (ladies of the night) all have the equipment necessary to get the service done.
Fact it, if you are only paying for the service, what matters to you is what you get in that point in time and getting it cheap.
What you can get with that is… poorly done service, feeling that you didn’t get what you expected and maybe a disease that you haven’t planned on getting.
But in that same line of work there is a higher class, the one I’d compare to tattoo artists.
They are expensive, usually you have to wait on them, but time spent with them is worth every penny.
They are not just here to “do you”, they are here to give you everything you expected and possibly more, and all that with top hygiene so you’ll want to come back again and again.
Everything they do, they do for you, but in their own specific and professional manner.
7. You need to show up well fed, rested and relaxed for your appointment.
Your body is remarkably strong and endurant. You need to be aware that no one ever died from the pain of tattooing. Everyone endured. The pain you feel is mostly tinkling and irritation and not real pain.
There is a saying. A STRONG MIND FEELS NO PAIN.
Fact is, your psyche is the most powerful remover of pain while being tattooed.
Question that arises is…
How to prepare physically and mentally for the tattoo process?
Best way to prepare for a tattoo is to expect great amounts of pain. Here is an explanation why:
If you’re walking down the street, relaxed, minding your own business, watching at shops, you think you are safe, and then a person comes along and slaps you in the face.
Your reaction will be shock, discomfort, tinkling in the cheek.
If you are entering a ring and you’re expecting that same hit, of the same force, from the same person that told you what’s coming next, the only feeling you will experience is the tinkling in the cheek, but you will ignore it.
So, if you expect pain, when it hits you, it doesn’t come as a shock, you’re prepared for it, and if it doesn’t come at all, you walk out with a smile and a feeling relieved.
Your body needs sleep and food in order to function on an optimal level. It is being exposed to constant stretching, stresses, etc. and it is very important to keep your body in shape.
Tattooing process is exhausting and if you come with an already exhausted body, the tattooing will draw out the remaining of your strength.
Best thing you can do is to eat well at least one hour before the appointment and get a good night rest. Alcohol and drugs don’t help and not many tattoo artists will tattoo you while you are in that state.
8. During the tattooing you need to be as relaxed as possible.
During the tattooing process a lot of clients instinctively begin to contract their bodies. If anyone has ever done push up planks in training then you know how difficult they are. The point is to contract your muscles in a certain position.
Not many people can do them more than a couple of minutes in each position.
Result is your body getting exhausted.
If you are contracting your muscles during tattooing, you can look at them as mini planks. What you get with that is only exhausting your body further and experience greater pain.
Pain increases because the needle is entering at a contracted body with a much larger strength and impact than through relaxed skin.
9. Follow the given instructions on how to maintain the tattoo.
The eternal question: “I’ve heard different instructions elsewhere, why do you recommend it in that way?”
Fact is every tattoo studio, as does every car or television manufacturer, etc. has their own instructions on how to maintain their product, for which they think are the best.
Remember, it’s up to you and you alone how the tattoo will look after the wounds heal.
If you don’t take care of it properly and make up your own instruction, in the end, you are the one to blame and you have to carry it for the rest of your life. And your tattoo studio will no longer appreciate you as their client.
10. Protect the tattoo from the sun your whole life.
I know this sounds like a big commitment, but it will turn into a routine pretty quickly.
The sun is the worst enemy for a tattoo and you need to keep it protected with sunscreen with at least 50 plus factor if you are exposed to the sun for a prolonged period in order to insure the quality for the rest of your life.