Getting Your First Tattoo? Here's A Look At What You Want To Know

Tattoos may not be for everyone, but there is no question that getting a tattoo is something that many people in the country want to do. In fact, at least 45 million people in the US have at least one tattoo. If you have been waiting for the right moment to get inked and you're pretty sure now is the time, there is no doubt that you probably still have a few lingering questions. Before you walk into the tattoo shop and make your selection or hand over your own personal tattoo design, there are a few things you will want to know.

So, how bad does a tattoo really hurt?

The level of pain you experience when getting a tattoo can depend on several different factors, including:

  • what your personal pain tolerance is
  • how experienced the tattoo artist is 
  • the type of equipment that is used to give the tattoo
  • the level of detail and shading the design contains

Additionally, pain can be extremely different according to where on your body the tattoo is placed. Tattoos in some areas of the body are known to be more painful, such as on your foot or around your neck or head. If you are experiencing a great deal of pain during the tattoo, don't be afraid to express what you're feeling to the artist. They may be able to break up the task into smaller sessions so you don't have to bear the pain for long periods of time. 

Is it true that tattoos will fade over time?

Tattoos do fade to some degree within the few weeks following the application simply due to the skins natural healing process. However, the subtle variations in color will be hardly noticeable for most people. Additionally, tattoos can fade with age--especially those that have low-pigment concentration colored inks, such as light pink, green, or yellow. However, it is possible to have a tattoo retouched with color throughout the years to help it maintain its vibrancy.  

Why do some people say you should pick your artist before your tattoo?

Tattoo artists are true professionals who have different degrees of talent. Therefore, just taking your design to a random artist may not always yield the same result as shopping around for the best artist and then working with them to create the best design. While just about all of these skilled professionals are capable of giving a tattoo, each one usually has their own skill set that they have to offer. For example, one tattoo artist may be better with realism pieces or faces, but not so skilled with floral or tribal designs. Because each tattoo artist has their own set of skills and strengths in the craft, many of the best tattoo shops employ several different artists. 

Contact a local artist, such as one from Jimi's Tattoo & Body Piercing, for further assistance.