Things to consider before getting inked.

Tattoos have always fascinated me. Ever since I learned about this beautiful art form and how it can turn your own skin into a canvas, I have wanted to do it. I know people hold some sort of misplaced prejudice against individuals who have tattoos, and this I’m speaking from experience, in India but that shouldn’t really stop you to have it done if that’s what you really want. Personally I feel tattoos are a form of self expression that tells a lot about an individual’s personality, if only you look closely at their art.

A lot of people, especially those who are planning to get their first tattoos, are often very apprehensive to the point that they get easily influenced by myths and false information. Some factual information to consider before you go for a tattoo:

Research is important- If you are going to get a tattoo for the first time and have no real idea how to go about it, it is very important to do a thorough research about allergies, skin conditions and other such important details and circumstances that may be harmful for you.

Don’t be drunk- Some people may be scared to get inked for the first time and may think about getting drunk to take off the edge. Don’t do it. Alcohol thins the blood and when you get tattooed with alcohol and other such chemical substances in your body, you will bleed a lot more than is normal. And it’s always better to save blood, no?

Blood donation- In most countries, you can donate blood only after a minimum of 6–8 months of getting a fresh tattoo, not before that. So learn about the guideline in your country and then donate blood.

Aftercare and hygiene- For your tattoo to heal quickly and perfectly, it is very important to follow all the aftercare instructions given by your artist properly. Make sure the place you get your tattoos from is clean and maintains proper hygiene standards as well.

Tattoos are beautiful but not everyone is a fan and that is alright. But if you are, don’t be afraid because of misinformation. Learn everything you can before going for a tattoo, as it is more permanent than most things in life.

“I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot” — JD Salinger