The thing about getting a tattoo is that the process of getting inked is almost as special as the art itself. Once you enter this world, you come to realize that you end up forming a relationship with your tattoo artist, the likes of which you wouldn’t really have with anyone else. Now that doesn’t mean that you become best friends with your artist, but there is a level of trust that you need to have in the artist, along with an implicitly mutual agreement to make the tattoo process as enjoyable as possible for both of you. The tattoo artist brings with them a wealth of experience and expertise, so the least you can do as a customer is to make their lives easier. Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t get this memo, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back.
One of the worst kinds of customers you can be is the stinky customer. Good hygiene is a prerequisite for basic existence, but there are people out there who think of smelling good as a suggestion and not a necessity when you’re getting a tattoo. If you’re getting a tattoo on your arm then it’s okay if you don’t smell like a meadow in spring, but if you plan on getting inked on your ribs, or anywhere that would require you to lift your arm up, you’d best make sure you don’t stink. Artists often come really close to your skin to make sure that your tattoo is absolutely perfect, and if they’re greeted by the stench of death when they lean in, odds are they won’t be too happy. Be a good customer and make sure you smell good, or ensure you don’t smell bad at the very least when you walk into a tattoo studio.
Okay, so you smell good now and you’ve strutted into the tattoo studio full of confidence. As you sink into the chair and the tattoo machine starts to whir, you begin to wonder just how much this is going to hurt. The fact is that depending on where you get them, tattoos can hurt, but they rarely hurt as much as you expect them to. It stings more than anything else, and after a while you just go numb and from that point on, you’re golden. It is best to brace yourself and then just lean back and try not to think about the stinging too much. Being a jitterbug will keep you on edge and will probably damage your tattoo is you make sudden movements or keep shaking. If you feel like you’re a jitterbug, then take a friend with you for moral support and let your tattoo artist know that you’re nervous, so they’re ready for pretty much anything.
Now that you’re all inked up it’s time to pay. Pretty much every tattoo artist out there will tell you exactly how much your tattoo will cost before you get inked. So please, PLEASE resist the urge to become a negotiator and try to get a better deal now that the tattoo is complete. You shouldn’t try to bargain for one of two reasons; firstly, the artist has already told you how much your tattoo is going to cost and if you haven’t said anything before getting in the chair, it’s really not cool to say anything after. Secondly, tattoos are pieces of art, and every piece has a little bit of the artist’s heart and soul in it. Tattoos stay with you for a lifetime, so keep it classy.
Lastly, you want to make sure that you take really good care of your tat until it’s completely healed. Obviously the fears of infection and damaging the ink will be running through your mind, but try not to be a hypochondriac. Tattoos peel and look kinda ugly for a while, they do itch and depending on where you get it, it will probably hurt for a day or two. But none of this means you are going to die. Just follow the artist’s instructions and you’ll be fine. Of course, if you truly feel like something is seriously wrong then reach out for help, otherwise just chill out dude, you just got inked, enjoy it.
You always want to be your best self, right? Be the same way when you step into a tattoo studio.