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First Tattoo – What to Expect and Things to Consider Before Getting Inked

First Tattoo

Are you thinking about getting your first tattoo? Is that thought making you a little nervous from inside? Nothing can seriously prepare you if it is your first time getting a tattoo. If you are scared to get your first tattoo, then here is everything you need to know about Tattoo.

A real tattoo is a big deal. It’s a permanent tag that stays with you forever unless you go through an expensive treatment to remove it. So, you mustn’t decide to get a tattoo just to show you’re a badass. Do it for yourself and only if it makes you feel good. There’s nothing wrong with getting inked, or the world doesn’t end if you don’t get inked either.

Well, if you have already made up your mind and planning to get inked anyways then here are few things to consider before getting a tattoo.

What are the things to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo?

Before you proceed with the process of getting your first ever tattoo, you need to consider specific points. No need to work as here you will find few things to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo.

Things to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo

#1.  Meaning:

Before proceeding with a tattoo, the first thing to consider is the meaning behind your tattoo. Well! It is not just an image, and it will stay inked forever on your skin. So you need to know the meaning of your tattoo.

#2. Cost:

Budget is a vital factor regarding everything. You need to decide a budget, and according to that, you can determine what size or colour of tattoo you want. The price factor depends mainly on the artist, size, etc.

#3. Size:

Size is an essential factor when it comes about the tattoo. Well! If you are scared to get your first tattoo done, then you should go for a smaller size tattoo as it will be painless. The bigger the design, the more pain it will cause. So keeping this size factor in mind can help you to decide as per your tolerance level.

#4. Pain Tolerance:

The most important part is to know about your level of pain you can tolerate. If you are some who can’t endure the injection pain, then you shouldn’t go for a tattoo. Otherwise, keep in mind that big muscles will cause less pain than the areas having more bone parts. Also, hidden tattoos will hurt more as they will remain covered for the day and will not get the time to heal naturally.

To minimize your pain level, you can always take a non-aspirin anti-inflammatory pain reliever at an interval of 15 minutes before you enter the shop for the tattoo.

#5. Location:

Location can determine a lot of factors. You pain level can increase or decrease as per the location of your tattoo.

What are the things to expect when you get the first Tattoo?

First Tattoo-What To Expect

Getting your first tattoo what to expect is the actual question that comes to mind. Well! Here are few things that you can expect while having your first tattoo.

  • The Tattoo artist may look weird or nerd, however, you need to give respect to them for the work they do. You can change to another tattoo artist if you are uncomfortable with the present one.
  • Your tattoo area will get oiled to make things smoother before putting the needle.
  • Try to have a conversation with your tattoo artist so that they can make you feel comfortable.
  • Expect to get hurt if you get to do in a tattoo in a sensitive area of your body.

Tips Before Getting a Tattoo

Tips before getting a tattoo

Here are few tips to consider before getting a tattoo.

  • Don’t panic otherwise it will hurt your more. Try to stay calm you will see the time will pass quite quickly.
  • You will be able to feel the pain as the needle moves continuously on your skin.
  • If you want bright colours on your tattoo, then go for the lighter shade in case you are fair skinned or darker ones if you are dusky.
  • All colours will fade over the time.
  • Try to keep the area more hygienic to avoid infections.


Now that you are aware of many different things to consider before getting a tattoo, you can sit and think about it for a while. Your wardrobe will then be based on the Tattoo made so that it could be displayed to all. Afterall the pain has been taken so that it stands out.

I believe these tips will help you to understand what to expect from the first tattoo session. Prepare yourself mentally that will surely help you more.

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65 thoughts on “First Tattoo – What to Expect and Things to Consider Before Getting Inked

  1. Great information and each point about making first time tattoo have been explained so well. personally, I had never thought about it, but get enough info to give someone who needs it. thanks for sharing! #Superbloggerchallenge2018

    1. Try with a small one inch first. See how your skin reacts, how the overall feel is against your skin texture and colour. If all appreciate and you yourself feel comfortable with it, then only go ahead and make a Big one. 🙂

  2. I have thought about getting a tattoo at some point in my life. I almost know what is the design I want and where. But I don’t know when I will get it!


  3. Okay so I’ll confess I thought of getting inked many times, but somehow couldn’t till now. It’s not that I fear pain. I am into a noble profession i.e.teaching and if you have a tatoo and can’t show it, what’s the point, No? But now again your post has reignited the flames…

  4. Now this is something that’s not much talked about. An information on the same is very useful. I am definitely going to consider all these points in the future.

  5. To be frank, I have never seen anyone with a tattoo ever in my life. But lately have been seeing many virtual friends having 1 or more tattoos and that made me think at least a couple of times to try it out. But since I have a very low level of pain tolerance, I think I should let the whole idea go out of my mind!! Anyhow this is an amazing article which covers almost all the aspects of tattooing. #superbloggerchallenge #instacuppa

  6. Never done a tattoo earlier. Your tips are helpful. I see that many people go for fancy and stylish tattoos without bothering to know the meaning behind it. As you mentioned, no one should get a tattoo just to look stylish, but to be done only if they feel comfortable and happy about it.

  7. Every year I plan for tattoo and then I postponed . Only God knows when will I get courage to get it done.. May be I get some motivation after reading your post.
    Ms Arora

  8. Whenever I see someone inked I imagine how much pain must had he gone with and why just he did , what was the need ? But shauk to poore karne hi chahiye . I love the tips you gave here especially the setting of wardrobe according to the tatooo. Of course one should flaunt it

  9. Nice and detailed information but honestly I am bit scared 🙂
    Why to take so much of pain for the sake of Fashion , happy without it 🙂

  10. Thanks for this post, Utpal but I really hate tattoos 🙂 And I would never get it done. Although my friends and my cousins are mad about it and they all have one or more tattoos on their body. #SuperBloggerChallenege2018

  11. i have a tatoo and waited almost 20 years to get it inked and wante dto be sure of the name,, And as u mentioned Meaning and Location were the most imp concerns. I fell in love with my life partener and had decided to have his name on me, Y because Now I own him forever till i am alive and he will get this time and again looking at my tatoo. I got it done on side f my forearm in a way i dont see it very regularly specially when m mad at him :p
    Now the other one which is goig to come on my finger is quote ” Let is Go”with some magic sparkle…
    m so excited already to go delhi again to the same artist

  12. A very informative post. But I can never have a tattoo as it is a kind of a self-inflicted pain to your own body…Sorry for giving such a negative comment though. I used to be hooked on a program called LA Ink some years back. 😉 it was all about tattoos and the tattoo shop in LA.

  13. Tattoos are the holy grail when it comes to individuality. Every teen these days desires to get inked. However, being unware of the whole process and the different factors that you’ve listed so beautifully, they may end up with something that they regret. Great post. it will certainly create awareness among people who are looking forward to get inked for the first time. one will surely be able to make a reformed decision after going through your post.

  14. Oh getting inked is my in list for like 5 years. M slim and hence was waiting to put on weight as have heard it pains less on more flesh. But, then I am expecting again. Guess, my tattoo will have to wait for some more time. But, thanks for the info, I knew some of it, but not everything. 🙂 #SuperBloggerChallenge2018

  15. One of my friends in a tattoo artist based at Bangalore and I get lured to get one done everytime I see his work but I am a faint heart when it comes to bear the pain. I loved this detailed post about what all points to be taken care of before getting inked. May be someday, I too will have one 🙂

  16. This is a really nice informative post listing the ´dos and donts´when getting a tattoo done. While I don´t mind tattoos, what goes against them for me is the fact that they are permanent. I might not be the same person 5 years from now and have an entirely different philosophy of life 🙂 Temporary tattoos ..hennas make me feel more at ease personally 🙂

  17. Wow ! Getting a tattoo involves a lot of pain is it? I thought it was breeze and one never felt any pain. Thanks for bringing us this informative articles on tattooing. I must just like any other art it is a difficult skill and tattoo artists have to put in a lot of effort to master there trade.

  18. Tattoos are something that I never felt like having one! But this is useful information for all those who are looking to have their first one.

  19. It’s a great relief for someone who is looking for getting inked. It’s a must read for the people looking for tattoo(s) on their body. Thanks sir for making us know about these valuable facts

  20. Very informative post but I don’t think that a tattoo is so planned all the time!

    I remember, my first tattoo was just an adventure I did during one of my office lunch breaks. I don’t regret any part of it. But yes, the only thing I kept in my mind was the hygiene factor!

  21. I have two tattoos. When I got my first one I was very nervous but the tattoo lady was very helpful and kept me calm throughout. The pain is what’s scary.

  22. I remember getting my first tattoo. The place from outside didn’t even look like a tattoo parlour but the artist made me so comfortable 🙂 I still love my tattoo

  23. I think before going for a permanent tattoo, one should try shape or word or anything on a temporary basis or as a temporary tattoo. I had tried one temporary and the way it turned, I never thought of getting a permanent tattoo.


  24. It’s not that I have never thought about getting a tattoo, but I am hesitant. The post answers few of my doubts, but still the thought of pain will keep me away from it. #Superbloggerchallenge2018

  25. I have been planning to get inked for ages. But as you mention, I am not able to finalise on a symbol that will define me. Meaning is the road block that I am facing. Thanks for this very useful post.

  26. I’ve heard tattoo failures and things goin horribly wrong after tattooing. This post could prove so helpful to those planning to go in for one. So informative.

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