We always get a few emails or ask me during conversations what are the main “tips” for planning and getting a tattoo done smoothly. In addition to knowing how to choose the design, you need to be sure of what will be done before anything else.
I will give some tips that are worth to all people.
Choice of drawing
This moment is one of the most important for your tattoo, because it will stamp your skin. Before you go searching the internet or seeing pictures of tattoos on a simple impulse, try reading your own references and inspirations: they can be drawings, lifestyle, momentum, overcoming or even a special person. After this decision, it is worthwhile to study some styles of tattoos, see which one catches your eye, or which one you are most interested in. This way, your tattoo can take different directions and be much more than just a simple phrase or symbol.
Choice of place
Once you have thought of your design, it is good to decide the location of your tattoo. Remember that, depending on the size of the design or the details, the chosen place can guarantee the success or failure of the tattoo. It sounds ironic, but tattoos can change the fate of your future. If you make the drawing somewhere that could compromise your working life, for example, you may be harmed. Unfortunately, prejudice against tattooed people still exists in Brazilian society. So, if you are still unsure of your professional practice or are unsure if you will be well accepted in interviews, a recommendation is to get tattooed in places that can be covered. It is not our desire to give this tip, but just as there are tattoo lovers, there are those who dislike and those who are prejudiced.
It is good to give this warning, especially to people who want to get tattoo by fad or impulse. Remember that, whether you like it or not, a tattoo in a more “aggressive” place, as some people say, can sell an image of you, regardless of your personality. This is a society-wide problem that judges by appearance rather than content. Therefore, we emphasize that if you are not prepared for this type of situation, choose a place that can be "hidden".
Opinion of a professional
It is always good to consult the opinion of a professional, because the tattoo artist can tell you if what you have in mind is possible or not, if he is qualified or recommends another tattoo artist specialized in the type of work chosen. Remember that as there are many types of tattoo styles, stroke sizes and painting styles, sometimes the style of drawing is not the strength of a particular tattoo artist. With this, he can recommend a colleague to do a great job and give feedback on your design, trying to add the creation of something unique.
Before you get a tattoo in the studio, make sure it is regulated, registered and has a health permit authorized by the health surveillance. Also, if you are a company, that is, you have the CNPJ (National Register of Legal Entity) number, because if there is a problem with your tattoo (hopefully not), you can file a lawsuit. Always seek the Biosafety certificate and give preference to companies with unionized professionals to an entity, such as SETAP-BR (Brazilian Tattoo and Body Piercing Companies Union).
Always see if the studio uses disposable material or sterilizes toecaps. Sounds like a silly remark, but in a carelessness you might get diseases like Hepatitis C.
Find the right tattoo artist
Know that it is your responsibility to certify the quality of the professional. If you are asking yourself, “How do I know if he is right for me?”, Look at his portfolio and see pictures of the work done. Find out if he is good at the tattoo style you have chosen and if he has work in this style. If not, it's worth stopping by the studio and talking to the tattoo artist. Try taking a look at the latest work of the tattoo artist. If the tattoo artist does not have photos of his work, be concerned that you may take a risk in trusting your skin without knowing the professional's experience and competence.
When you look at tattoos, pay special attention to black outlines, whether the lines are regular or uneven. When it comes to shading, make sure you are flawless or if the shading has simply become a black blur. See if the tattoo artist knows how to work with the light play in this case. If you look at the work and find it appropriate, stop by the studio and talk to him. If possible, ask to see a tattoo session. That way you can see how it works.
If you are depressed or have low self-esteem avoid getting a tattoo, you may not want to remember this period in your life. Do not use your body to prove anything to anyone, and do not get an impulse tattoo. All of these situations may cause you to regret in the future.
I think this is a subject that many may not agree with my opinion, but it is worth remembering that price is not synonymous with quality. Be aware that tattooing is a work of art, and there is no table value by size, design type, or color. Who makes the price is the artist, ie the tattoo artist. I think what most bothers an artist is "asking for a discount" at work. Sometimes you may find the price "salty" too much, but never compare the work of one tattoo artist with the other for the price, or talk to the professional "but the other there charges half", because the answer can be harsh and rude, as for example, "then go do it".
Do not skimp, because we are talking about a skin art, and the removal process is more expensive than you think, and may compromise your body with certain brands. So when you get a tattoo and budget it, also measure the value of the artist and what he will add to your story. Do not choose one professional or another simply for price or payment methods.
The value may be influenced by factors such as the reputation of the tattoo artist in the market, the tattoo parlor, the quality offered, the physical structure of the store and also the location to be tattooed.
It's always good to do some research to know the meaning of the tattoo. Sometimes you can tattoo something that is not exactly what you think, although the meaning of the tattoo is personal, but it is a recommendation, especially for symbols that can mean connection with prisoner tattoos, for example. The blog Tattoo Tattoo has a category of tattoos meanings in the website. Log in and have a look!
Another tip is always to know if the writing in another language is correct, especially the Japanese and Chinese ideograms, because, for a mistake, you can tattoo "Fogosa", instead of "Family".
Time to tattoo
The day has come to get the tattoo. This is always an important moment. Many people get anxious, but we have some recommendations. Always go for a restful, well-nourished tattoo, and avoid eating or sleeping. Failure to do so can harm your body and increase the chance that you will be sick during the tattoo session, not because of tattooing but because you are feeling sick, such as pressure drop and even nausea. Avoid moving too much when tattooing, as you may get in the way of the tattoo artist, and in one of these movements, the tattoo artist may unintentionally tattoo something wrong with the design.