By Maan de Vera
Getting a tattoo is now cooler than ever thanks to celebrities and professionals who have paved that way and made the world realize that there is nothing wrong to wear art on your skin. With this, #TattooGoals are all over the internet and IRL.
Rocking tattoos is awesome... if you are getting one for the right reason. After all, it will only be stamped on you for the rest of your life.
So before you finally book an appointment, you might want to know the signs that you aren't ready to get inked yet.
1. You’re doing it because it’s trendy.
If you are getting a tattoo just because all the “cool” people have one (or a lot,) don’t do it. The thing about trends is that it can and will die down at any moment. When this happens, we’re 100% sure that it’s going to be unpleasant for you to be stuck with a tattoo you don't want anymore.
2. You don’t have a deep connection with the design that you want.
Don’t get us wrong. It’s okay to have something tattooed just because you find it pretty. However, keep in mind that as a person, you are bound to evolve and what may seem fitting for you at a certain point in your time, may not be who you are in the years to come. Considering that it would be your first tattoo, think of a design that you will still be proud to show off until you are old.
3. You don’t have a tattoo artist in mind.
As much as having a design that you are sure of is important, choosing the right tattoo artist is also vital. Getting a tattoo is not just about art, but also about health. Think of your artist as your consultant specially it’s your first time. Remember that quality tattoos can only come from quality artists.
4. You can’t afford it yet.
Let’s be blunt, getting inked is not cheap. If it is, then you should probably walk away for your own good. Don’t sell your skin short, but, rather, save up for a quality artist. Don’t opt for the cheaper option just because you can’t afford a good one yet. Also, keep in mind that cover-ups are more expensive than just getting it right the first time.
5. You’re still worried about what others will think.
Honestly, getting a tattoo will garner mixed opinions from people that you care about. Compliments are great, but unless you’re not yet ready for the negative reactions, then you might as well postpone your trip first. Not everyone needs to agree with your decision, but you must first be okay with that fact before you sit on the tattoo chair.
If you ask us, the general rule of thumb when getting a tattoo is simple: if you’re in doubt, don’t do it. After all, it takes a lot of time and money to reverse what has already been etched on your body. It’s always better to postpone and reconsider than to regret in the end.
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