Totay we are going to discuss tattoos. Tattooing is a unique art-form that can be found within numerous cultures spanning the entirety of human history. However, within Western culture, it is only now becoming more socially acceptable and mainstream, having finally shook off the vestiges of religious taboo that has hounded the subject of tattooing in the West for hundreds of years. With tattoos become more accepted and desired by our culture, it has become increasingly easier to get a tattoo, as well. But, none of this changes the fact that tattoos are a way of permanently altering ones body. This bares considerable weight and is one of the primary reasons that getting a tattoo should be carefully thought over, ensuring that you’re not one of those people with a tattoo they regret.
There are many reasons why people choose to get tattooed. Historically, tattoos have served as a way to remember the dead and very often as a way to transfer abilities and powers to the individual, as many tattoos and tattoo styles, such as sak yan of the East, are seen as mystical expressions and means of magical protection. Many tattoos are a form of religious devotion, such as some of the lotus crowns on the top of the head by Buddhist monks, and many individuals choose to adorn themselves with symbols or verses with religious or spiritual meaning that speaks strongly to them.
With this in mind, it is clear that getting a tattoo, whether it’s your first or tenth, is a matter deserving careful thought. Here are some tips on how to get a tattoo that you won’t regret:
–Do your research: I’ve talked to a lot of people who have tattoos. To those who have said they regret it, a lot of them say that the tattoo artist wasn’t great. They often go for the cheaper route and end up regretting it rather than going to a renown tattoo artist. I’m from Chicago, so if you’re looking for a tattoo shop, I only can recommend one of the best tattoo shops in Chicago. It’s always good to check out their portfolio to see their previous work. If you want to read reviews, check Goodkind Tattoo on yelp.
–Would you still want that tattoo in a year? Ten years? How about 30 years? Picture yourself late in life, a grandparent perhaps, with skin wrinkly and worn with age, will that tattoo still have the same meaning or will it simply stand as a memory of time when you should have behaved a little less recklessly?
–Does that tattoo have specific meaning for you? With so many talented tattoo artists and countless unique and amazing designs available, it can be quite tempting to get a tattoo based simply on aesthetics, but tattoos have a long tradition of meaning something to the individual. If you can’t justify that design or explain why you want it then that’s a pretty good sign you should consider getting something else.
–Tattoo placement. This is a key point to consider as tattoos are still often viewed as unprofessional and many jobs and professions require any and all tattoos to be covered while working. Where a tattoo is placed can also add an extra layer of meaning to a tattoo, as a tattoo placed over the heart can better serve as a reminder of a loved one who has passed on or increase the level of protection a mystical symbol provides.
–Is the tattoo you want popular or trendy? If yes, then this is a pretty good reason to reconsider that tattoo. Trends and fashion are notorious for changing quickly and at the slightest whim. Getting a tattoo because that’s what everyone is getting right now is a pretty good sign you’ll regret that tattoo later.
Keeping these few tips in mind will help to ensure that you get a tattoo that you love, not one that you regret hours afterwards.