The days of tattoos being ‘taboo’ seem to be behind us for the most part, and it couldn’t come soon enough! Tattoos fall into an art category of their own. Besides the visual impact, many people turn to tattoos as a way of expressing themselves and often design tattoos that are relevant and meaningful to their personal lives. Others are simply obsessed with the tattooing process and are known as ‘tattoo addicts’. Either way, if you’re contemplating jumping onto the tattoo bandwagon, you should consider these factors before sealing the deal.


Impulse decisions often lead to regret. Tattoos are expensive and permanent, and should be well thought-out and planned, in order to avoid painful removal procedures down the line. Take your time to ponder and brainstorm ideas – getting your perfect design will be worth it in the long run. If you’re struggling, tattoo artists are also a great go-to for advice on ideas and designs.


There is nothing cheap about getting a tattoo. When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for! Scout around for price averages and reputable tattoo artists before sourcing a parlour, and even then you should read up on reviews because expensive doesn’t mean quality. Don’t be fooled by the ‘cheap’ option – at best, you’ll walk away with a shabby looking tattoo and chances are, you’ll be fighting off skin infections from unhygienic practices.


If you’re keen on adding a written piece to your tattoo, make sure that if it’s in a foreign language, you have the correct meaning behind the phrase. Equally, if it’s a cultural or religious saying, ensure that it is politically correct and not offensive to others, if visible. Also, double and triple check the spelling before you ink your skin – once it’s done, it’s done.


There’s nothing worse than a tattoo that’s too big or too small for the body part it’s on. Generally when designing a tattoo, you already have a good idea of where you’d like to ink it – just be sure the design is in correct proportion to the area of your body. Tattoo artists are industry professionals and know what they’re doing, so trust their advice when it comes to size.


Getting your tattoo is only half of the process, it’s how you look after it that really matters. It is the responsibility of a tattooist to ensure you walk away with a beautiful tattoo and a set of aftercare instructions, but once you’ve walked out the door, it’s all up to you! A tattoo is a wound that needs to heal properly in order to show best results, and for that reason, it is important to follow the aftercare guidelines.

Keep these factors in mind and think long and hard before getting inked. The more you ponder your first tattoo and consider all aspects involved, the less likely you are to regret your decision. If a tattoo is indeed on the cards for you, and you’re looking for a tattoo artist with loads of artistic flair and a copious amount of industry experience, speak to Joey, Alex or James at Beneath the Surface.

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