About Tattoos

About Tattoos: Origins And Things To Consider When Getting A Tattoo

Tattoos are one of the greatest forms of self expression that an individual can choose to acquire. A tattoo is a permanent marking made on the layers of skin with the use of indelible ink, which changes the pigment of the skin so that the skin then displays the pattern that has been etched on it. Tattoos have been used for centuries by tribes in North Africa, New Zealand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Japan and Cambodia to name a few. However, in the recent past, tattooing has become just as common throughout the western world as well.

In the past, tattoos were looked down upon by the elite of society who chose to believe that tattoos were only acquired by individuals who were criminals, gang members or bikers. However, in modern day society, more and more people have embraced the art of tattooing and it is estimated that 1 out of every 5 people worldwide now have at least one tattoo.  Interestingly, these numbers are beginning to rise each and every year as more and more people are discovering the creative outlook that tattoos provide and the way these tattoos make them feel.

What you Need to Consider When Getting a Tattoo

When it comes to acquiring tattoos, there are two important factors that you need to take into consideration: design and placement.

The first thing you need to consider is the type of tattoo that you wish to have. Many people will get "spontaneous" tattoos and will not put much thought into the type of tattoo they get. The problem is, people who get a tattoo done on a whim will more than likely regret the chosen design and will later have to pay to get it removed. When you are considering acquiring a tattoo you should think long and hard about the design of your tattoo and should allow yourself some time to make sure that this is the design you want to have tattooed on your body permanently. Many people will come up with a design and will wait 6 months to 1 year before getting the tattoo, to make sure that they still want the tattoo. 

Secondly, you will want to take time to consider where you want to place the tattoo on your body. For example, many people will consider the location of their tattoo based on the type of business that they are involved in. Many companies frown upon their employees having tattoos that are visible.  Therefore, you may wish to take some time in considering where on your body you will be placing your tattoo in order to avoid potential problems in your professional life.

The worse thing you can do is rush into getting a tattoo without taking the time to truly consider the above items. You want to make sure that you have truly thought out the process and the location and design of your tattoo in order to be sure that you will be satisfied with this tattoo in the long-term. 

Finally, when getting a tattoo, be sure to research the tattoo artist or tattoo company that you will be using to make sure that they are professional and have proper health and safety practices. Always ask to see examples of the artists work and try to find a tattoo artist that has done the same type of tattoo that you are currently considering.