What is Tattoo Lifestyle
What was often seen as a form of defiance is now an accepted mainstream means of expression – the tattoo lifestyle is becoming more and more popular in a lot of places around the world.
The tattoo in modern history has often been associated by sailors coming from expeditions and those who engaged in the trading of goods from different parts of the world. Many ethnic groups from Asia sported tattoos and Englishmen started to sport them once they got back to their homeland. Amateur tattoo artists were in demand in many port cities of the world, leading to the invention of the occupation that is associated with coolness today.
The tattoo became a prominent means of association with many youth subcultures in the 70’s. Punks and rockers sported visible tattoos as it became a mainstream part of Western fashion. Today, about 25% of Americans under 30 have tattoos, a proof of the body modification’s popularity.
If you’re about to get a tattoo for the first time, it can be very exciting but also anxiety-provoking. You think about how much it would hurt, if the artist will actually understand what you want, if you won’t regret it after, and how cool and bad-ass you’ll look once you sport your new tattoo. You’ll also wonder about other things like how society will see you – will your tattoo be the basis whether you get a job or not, or will people judge you based on your tattoo. If you really want one, don’t go to the nearest tattoo shop when you’re drunk on a Friday night. Take some time to research the artist and the design that you want.
Here are a few tips to getting your first tattoo:
Research the artist. You can do this by visiting the artist’s shop, asking other people about him or her, looking at his past work, and watching how he works. Make sure that the artist uses new needles, wears gloves, have clean and sterile equipment, and registered with the city’s health department. Getting a tattoo can be dangerous to your health if the artist does not practice cleanliness.
Start with something small. For your first tattoo, if you’re not yet open to the idea of having a big, visible one, choose a small design and place it on a part of your body that you can easily cover. This way, the session won’t take so long if you can’t handle the pain, and if you don’t love the design, you can always cover it.
Learn how to take care of your tattoo. Once your tattoo is done, know the basics of taking care of your tattoo. You should keep your new tattoo covered for the first 24 hours. Cover it with bandage, making sure it doesn’t get exposed to the elements such as dirt and sun. Once you get home, wash it with soap and water, apply some antibacterial ointment and cover it again. Make sure your clothes will not rub on the tattoo. Know that the tattoo is a fresh wound, so avoid ruining the ink by further damaging the skin. After the 24 hours is through, you can apply petroleum jelly and let it breathe. Avoid going to the beach or swimming pool for the first 3 weeks as to not infect your tattoo. Your skin will start to shed after a few days and it will be itchy, so avoid scratching your tattoo as this might ruin the skin. When you expose your tattoo to the rays of the sun, put some sunscreen to prevent the colors from fading.
If you’re happy with the way your tattoo looks and the positive reactions of people about it, you won’t be able to wait until you get your next tattoo. They say that getting inked is highly addictive and it’s true – the ones whose bodies are covered in ink didn’t have their tattoos done all at once. When you find yourself getting hooked, think twice before getting another one. It may just be a phase of your life and once you get older, you might regret it. But if you’re really sure about what you want, then by all means, ink away.
Author Kristinsson Magz