Think Before You Get a Tattoo... Please.

Getting a tattoo is a personal choice. But before you get inked, take a minute and think! (Yeah I know – it sounds corny.)  But seriously – THINK BEFORE YOU GET A TATTOO. While it is your decision, we’ve all been victim of our own impulses. And when it comes to impulses and tattoos, you can’t get much worse a combination.

According to Statistic Brain, 36% of 18 to 25 year olds have tattoos. And according to the Huffington Post, nearly 1/3 of people regret the tattoo they choose to get.

While I think tattoos are a great form of expression and honestly, pretty stylish and cool, I also think we rush into getting our tattoos too fast. I also believe many of us get tattoos just for the sake of getting one. Don’t get me wrong - I’m not trying to make this sound like a lecture, I just think it’s a big decision. Once you get a tattoo, it’s there to stay. 

So before you get a tattoo, make sure you ask yourself these questions:

Will I like this tattoo in 5 years from now? Does my future job allow tattoos? What will I do If I end up not liking my tattoo? Am I getting this tattoo because I want it or because I feel pressured?

And also consider the following:

How Much it Will Cost to Remove a Tattoo

Sure, you may be able to get it covered up or removed, but that can be really expensive in itself. For example, according to EHow, a session of laser tattoo removal can cost anywhere from $200.00 to $500.00 a session, and you’ll typically need anywhere from 5 to 20 sessions.  In other words, if it cost you $500.00 for a session and you have got to have 20 sessions, it would cost you $10,000.

And once you’ve finished with the tattoo removal process, there may still be remnants of your tattoo left to see.

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Getting a Tattoo Covered

And if you decide to get your tattoo covered instead of going through the removal process, it can also be expensive. And not only can it be expensive – you’re options of design are limited. As in only so many designs will work when covering up that pesty old tattoo.  For example, when it comes to covering up names, you almost ALWAYS have to go with a flower. And once the bulky flower has covered up the former tattoo, you can still see the original underneath. Sure, you can BARELY see the original. But it’s still there.

Consider Future place of Employment

You NEED to consider where you want to work in the future. Depending on your job, you might not be permitted to have showing tattoos. In this case, you’re going to have to cover your tattoo up. For this, at least consider getting the tattoo somewhere that is easy to cover. For example, an ankle tattoo can be easily covered with a sock. And a hip tattoo can be covered with a shirt.

 

Things to Consider When You’re Definitely Going to Get a Tattoo

You need to consider where you’re going for you tattoo. Does the tattoo shop have a good reputation? Are the needles clean? Are they charging you a fair price? And is the tattoo artist experienced? These are all SUPER important questions to ask yourself once you’ve decided you’re getting a tattoo.

Tattoos Are a Big Decision!!

As young adults, we have to make that decision, whether or not to get a tattoo, on our own. And we have to live with whatever the consequence, good or bad. So I’d like to part with one final piece of advice: always take at least two weeks for consideration before getting a tattoo. Chances are, you’ll have the tattoo for a lifetime. It can wait a couple of weeks before you put it on your body forever.

 

Until next time,

Vicky :)