Expert Advice on Getting Your First Tattoo


Your first tattoo is a massive thing to consider. It’s a given that you are going to feel incredibly nervous, but it’s also important to be happy with what you are about to have done; after all, tattoos are a permanent addition to your body!

However, as leading providers of tattoo supplies to some of the most talented tattoo artists on the planet and proud owners of an array of tattoos ourselves, we’ve selected some of the best pieces of advice that you can have to help calm your nerves before the big day arrives.

You Need to Trust the Artist

Do your research before you walk into a tattoo parlour and ask for a tattoo appointment. There are millions of tattoo artists out there to choose from, and it’s essential that you find the right person for the job.

Different artists specialise in various different art styles, so if you have a particular tattoo in mind that you want designing in a particular style, seek out a professional who specialises in it.

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Other than the design of your tattoo (which is important in itself) you need to be able to trust your tattoo artist to do an amazing job and give you the tattoo that you have been planning and saving for. A good artist will explore all design options, as well as talk you through the process of a tattoo and should always offer additional suggestions and advice as they see fit.

Besides, the tattoo is going to be their artwork and they should be investing their time into creating a fantastic piece that you will be proud to show off and say “____ designed this for me! Check it out!”

Customise It

It’s easy to settle for a trendy tattoo that is popular right now, but tattoos are meant to represent you.

Sure, you may like the design, but if you are spending money on a design, it makes perfect sense to have your artist design a completely unique design for you so that you can be sure that no one else has the same design that you are paying good money for.

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Your artist should even be able to take a popular tattoo and tweak the design to make it unique enough to you.

Don’t Scrimp on the Price

You may be tempted to find an artist who has the cheapest prices, but it’s important that you look at the quality of their work compared to how much you are paying.

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Generally speaking, if you are seriously looking to getting a tattoo that is good quality, you should be prepared to spend as much money as necessary on it. It is an investment and you essentially get what you pay for, so don’t be caught out by paying a small amount for a tattoo that you will have to fix years down the line.

And there we have it! Getting your first tattoo doesn't have to be a scary situation and we hope that we have helped  eaase your mind a bit before you commit to a design and an artist.

Here at Body Shock, we specialise in providing high quality tattoo and piercing supplies to studios around the world. If you are a tattoo artist and are wondering how we can help you, don't hesitate to get in touch with us today by calling 01922 744088 and a member of our team will be happy to help you.

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