You might be getting the first of what will be many tattoos in your lifetime or a single tattoo to commemorate an important event. Aside from knowing what you want to be permanently etched on your body, selecting an appropriate tattoo shop is the next most critical matter. Professional tattoo shops always have well-trained managers who will match you with an artist capable of executing your tattoo in the most relaxed setting possible. Additionally, you'll be paired with a professional tattoo artist who communicates well and can make linear drawings transform into three dimensions.
Selecting the Tattoo
Regardless of whether you come in with a picture of a relative you want tattooed on your skin or feel comfortable choosing a generic image out of a tattoo book, you need to ensure that your choice will work. Tattoo artists work with the contours, skin types, and hues of their clients to guarantee that their tattoo choices come out looking spectacular. Find a popular tattoo shop and you can have your tattoo drawn out by hand by an experienced artist.
Making Special Requests
Your tattoo might be placed over an old surgical scar or displayed prominently on a part of your body that can't easily be covered up with clothing. Realize that cover-ups and specialty tattoos such as full-sleeves are best executed by tattooists with years of experience. You may need to go to several tattoo shops prior to choosing an artist who will take your special request with confidence. Never be in a hurry to get a tattoo, and instead look at multiple portfolios and even the tattoos each potential artist has visible.
Relaxing Before You Get Tattooed
After signing all required release forms you'll be asked to sit back and settle in for your tattoo. Complex tattoos can take several sessions to be completed. There will be discomfort as your tattoo takes shape, but this permanent piece of artwork will take with you for eternity. If you trust that you are in a professional tattoo shop then it will be easy for you to start looking at the art and photos on the walls and holding a conversation with your artist.
If you need more support then take a friend with you go to get your first tattoo. As long as there is space in the tattoo shop you can have guests with you to keep you company as you get your first piece of permanent ink. Ask to take a break if you feel that you are reaching your personal pain tolerance threshold and remember that your first tattoo will create a memory that can't ever be forgotten.