artist doing tattoo

Beginners Guide to Getting a Tattoo

So you finally decided to take that step, you want something permanent, and you think tattoos are the way to go. Great! Whether it be something with a personal meaning or just something you like, tattoos are an awesome thing to get!

We have put together a beginners guide to getting a tattoo answering some of the most common questions asked when getting your first tattoo.

Now one of the most common questions everyone asks is “does it hurt?”. The answer is yes, yes it does. But it does have a lot of contributing factors to how bad the pain is. People have different pain thresholds meaning that some can deal with the pain better than others. It is also down to where you are getting the tattoo, how big the tattoo is and how long you have at one sitting of a tattoo etc.

tattoo pain scale

Heres a pain scale for how bad certain areas can get, some being as extreme as passing out and some thats just irritation of the skin, but again its all down to how much you can deal with the pain.

When it comes to pain it is one of the main reasons to why people are put off from getting a tattoo. So they look to alternative methods to reducing the pain such as numbing creams. Some say they work, some say they don’t its all down to preference. But be warned, the numbing cream will not fully numb your skin so you will still feel some irritation.

People are blinded into thinking that they won’t feel a thing. Well let me tell you, you are being lied to! After all, no pain no gain! Numbing creams can also have certain after affects to the skin so make sure you do your research into the cream you buy if you are considering purchasing any.

Eminem song full sleeve tattoo

“How much do tattoos cost?” Well that all depends on what exactly you want. Do you want a professional piece of artwork than an artist has spent time an effort on designing and creating an amazing looking tattoo? Or do you want a butterfly that a 15 year old could draw.

The sleeve shown above will have cost around £600-£700 possibly more depending on what the artist charges. But you can see the quality in the work, everything flows together, nothing looks out of place, it all looks part of one design which is the whole purpose of a a sleeve. whereas the tattoo below is quite badly done, does not look professional at all and was probably done for £60-£70.

bad tiger tattoo

Talent doesn’t come cheap so you get what you pay for, if you want something professional, you have to pay professional standards. Remember tattoos are for life, you don’t want to be regretting it the instant you get it because you didn’t want to pay more than £15 now do you.

If you find someone that is offering you a cheap price for a tattoo, usually the tattoo will look cheap. generally if the cost and quality will match up, i.e. pricey tattoo, professional looking. The price can also differ on the artist, everyone charges different depending on the quality and knowledge that the artist has so this is also something to consider.

artist doing tattoo

“How do i know which artist will be best for me?” Research is key into finding the best artist for you. You should never get a tattoo from someone who you have never seen previous work from. If you go ahead with getting a tattoo from pretty much a stranger, with no knowledge of their work and just hope for the best, it could be on of the biggest mistakes you make.

Take your time, look around, find recommendations and even get our Tattoo Artists Register app. Our app provides you with the information of professional, qualified and recommended artists to which you can see their work displayed on their websites. This way you can fin the artist who has the style, price and professionalism that you are looking for.

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