Getting your first tattoo is not a decision to make lightly. Take into account the following considerations before you sit down in the chair.
1. Artist Reputation: Do your homework by looking at online reviews, visiting shops, and asking friends with nice pieces. The last thing you want to do is gamble on your tattoo’s quality. Once you find a good tattoo artist, listen to his or her suggestions. While you should certainly get what you want, a good artist will have insight or tips on design, placement, and detail.
2. Price: Do not bargain hunt for a discount tattoo. You will have this for the rest of your life, and you get what you pay for. If you have found a good artist, chances are he or she doesn’t come cheap; if you cannot afford it right now, consider waiting and saving.
3. Size and Placement: For your first tattoo, consider something on the smaller side. This helps you decide whether you want to take the plunge and go for something bigger or more detailed. Consider your career when thinking about placement: If you work in a field where a tattoo might be seen as unprofessional, consider a spot where you can easily cover the piece for work.