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Frequency Asked Questions About Getting A Tattoo, Answered!

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Getting a tattoo is a serious decision to make. You have this for life so you don’t want to rush into it. If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, take the time to talk with your tattoo artist (if you have one in mind).  During the conversation, make sure to have a list of questions that you would like answered prior to moving forward with your decision.  Below are a few questions that you should consider asking:

1. Can I Get Infectious Diseases From Tattoo Needles?
Obviously there is some concern about getting a tattoo because when you get a tattoo, you risk getting an infection, pain and wonder about the possibilities of infectious diseases. The process needs to be better understood as you have it for life. There has been some concern recently regarding transmittable diseases (particularly Hepatitis-B and AIDS [HIV]) and tattoo shops. Just as in a dentist’s office, as long as the area is strictly sanitized, your chances for infection will be greatly reduced.

When needles are passed from IDU to IDU and reused without sterilization, some of that blood remains in the syringe and is passed on to the next user. If infected blood is passed, the recipient can become infected with HIV, which leads to AIDS.

Tattooing is VERY different from injecting drugs. The needles used in tattooing are not hollow. They do, however, travel back and forth through a hollow tube that acts as an ink reservoir. The tip of the tube is dipped into the ink, which draws a little into the tube.

2. Can My Tattoo’s Get Infected?
What is the likelihood of an infection and how may I prevent one from occurring?  Every good tattoo artist can provide this information.  He/she should be able to tell you what to do to lessen the likelihood of an infection and what to do if you suspect that one may be developing.

3. Is there anyone who should not get a tattoo, such as someone with certain medical conditions? This is important, especially if you are asking because you have a condition that concerns you. Individuals with thin blood, for instance, may be more cautious about anything that involves breaking the skin or needles.  The same is true of individuals with other conditions, which should be addressed prior to agreeing to be tattooed.

4. If I have a fear of needles, is there any way to help me through the process of getting a tattoo? Don’t feel bad if this is you. A lot of people have a fear of needles, which is a device used in creating tattoos.  If you are afraid, it never hurts to explain this to the tattoo artist beforehand so that he/she can try to take extra steps to make you feel at ease or to make the experience a less painful one for you.

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5. How do I choose a tattoo parlor?
When considering a tattoo, it is important to do some research on the tattoo parlor before deciding to pick them.  There are several questions that every customer should ask before even considering hiring a tattoo artist.

  • How long has the tattoo parlor been in business?
  • Try and find out from your local Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints lodged against them.
  • If you have family or friends who also have tattoos, who do they recommend and what was their experience with the artist?
  • How many tattoos has the tattoo artist done? This will give you a good indication of the experience level and how much design work they have done.
  • It is very important to follow up with references, along with an extensive background check of the company. The background check may be to simply make sure the company hasn’t switched names a number of times or moved around frequently within the same area, which may indicate poor service.
  • In your research, try to find out which businesses have the best history with making sure their equipment is clean. This is the most important thing to consider about tattoos because, if the business is not licensed or the artist is not a professional, there is no guarantee that their instruments are clean or properly maintained.  Your health is your biggest concern so, if you are considering tattoos, be sure to select the best parlor for the job.  If equipment is unsanitary, there is the possibility of diseases being transmitted or even infections.  These can be very dangerous and should not be discounted.
  • A quality tattoo parlor is one that will be welcoming to the customer. The artist should be friendly and personable and not intimidate the customer.  In addition, the artist should not push one design over another.  For example, a customer should not be talked into getting a more expensive tattoo when the one they really wanted would cost much less.  The same business practices, regarding sales and customer service, are the same with tattoo parlors and any other business.  No customer likes a pushy sales pitch or an unfriendly salesperson.  The tattoo parlor that a customer ultimately selects should be one that looks clean, features friendly and courteous service and has a good record and customer references.
  • The best way to locate tattoo parlors is a quick search through on the Internet. By searching under the ‘tattoo’ category or keyword, an individual should be able to quickly locate any tattoo parlors in his/her local area. You can also check their website out and see any photos and reviews from customers.

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6. What if the design doesn’t look like what I chose?
Always ask your tattoo artist if the final image isn’t exactly as you had hoped for, will it be fixed at no charge or what is the process if you are unhappy with the tattoo?  Is there any type of refund policy?  These are all important in determining service after the sale.

7. How much does a tattoo cost?
This will depend on size and detail. Before agreeing to a specific tattoo design, you will want to know the full cost involved.  Large tattoos can be very costly, but even the smallest design can be expensive if you are on a budget.  Do yourself a favour and avoid any surprises – ask about the costs upfront.

8. How long will the process take?
This is important, especially if you are getting a tattoo on your lunch break.  All kidding aside, you will want to know how long to expect the process to take so that you can plan the rest of your day accordingly.

9. Are there any bad points to my new tattoo?
Once it is healed, there is very little that will screw up a tattoo. The one exception is prolonged exposure to sunlight. (The other is scarring, but that is patently obvious).  Well, unfortunately it is. The newer inks are better at resisting fading but whatever you do, if you spend lots of time in bright sunlight your tats will fade (over a lifetime, not over a week). It’s best to try and keep them out of bright sunlight. No one wants to become a cave dweller just to keep their tattoos looking good, so just use some common sense. Think of your tat as an investment, slather on that sunblock so it doesn’t turn into a dark blob.

Tattoo art has become very popular and people are getting tattoos for lots of reasons. Taking good steps in choosing the right tattoo, getting it applied properly and with the proper care is probably the most important things to consider when thinking about getting a tattoo. Make sure you do your research before you’re ready to get your tattoo, you will feel much better about your decision!

This article is to be used for informational purposes only.  The information contained herein is not intended to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice.  Before deciding on getting a tattoo or having one removed, you must consult a licensed medical doctor for medical advice and/or to determine the best course of action for his/her individual healthcare needs.

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