The art of tattooing has been a part of human history for as long as we can look back. From the Incas to Egyptians and tribes of ancient India, each civilisation had created its own set of unique tattoo traditions.
In the modern world, tattoos have been a part of pop culture for quite some time now, and are considered an art form and a way of self-expression. Given that they stay on your body forever, it is quite natural that you have a lot of questions on your mind before getting a tattoo. From what exactly you want to get tattooed and where, the right artist, the cost and if it is safe to get inked during the pandemic, we spoke to celebrity tattoo artist Lokesh Verma (Devilz Tattoos, Delhi) to find out exactly what to keep in mind before getting inked for the very first time. Here are 7 key pointers he wants you to know
Do your research before getting inked
“Tattoos are permanent. Your tattoo should be something you want on your body for the rest of your life. So, do your research and have a basic idea of what design you want on your body. You should also consider where you want to get the tattoo and what size you want it to be.” says Lokesh.
Look into the parlour beforehand.
Do thorough research while looking for a good tattoo parlour. Check out reviews online, visit the parlour, ask about their artists' licenses. “Always make an appointment beforehand and make sure that the studio is not too crowded,” says Lokesh. He feels it’s safe to get tattooed during the pandemic, but you need to ensure that the tattoo studio is following COVID-19 norms and keeping the place sterilised. “The artist should practice sanitation when it comes to the tattoo equipment,” he adds.
Get to know your tattoo artist
“It is extremely important to know who you are trusting your body with. Look over the tattoo artist’s portfolio before committing. If you are not comfortable with the artist, take your time to search for another one. Ask your artist as many questions as you’d like and consider their advice, as their guidance can help you in many ways,” explains Lokesh.
Prices vary, depending on the quality of ink and the size of your tattoo.
The cost of a tattoo depends on the quality of the ink and the size of the tattoo. Do not get a tattoo from a place that claims to do it for a cheap price. It's always a good idea to call and ask for an estimate before you go in, although that number may change slightly once the design is drawn.
Know your pain tolerance
Tattoos can be quite painful, depending on the size or where you get it. Getting tattooed directly over a bone tends to be more painful. It is always advised to start small. Get a tiny tattoo first to know your pain tolerance, or get inked for a larger tattoo in instalments.
Tattoos fade away with time
You should know that a tattoo will not always look the same as the first time you get it. As your skin ages, your tattoo ages with it. Although the ink will never completely disappear, over time your tattoo will begin to fade. When this happens, you will need to visit the tattoo parlour again if you want to get it retouched.
Follow your after-care directions
“After getting a tattoo, you should avoid hitting the gym. Refrain from doing yoga, swimming or stretching for at least two weeks. Always listen carefully to your artist about the aftercare of the tattoo. A tattoo is just like an open wound, and that is exactly why it is extremely important to take care of your tattoo properly to avoid getting infections. Keep your tattoo clean, fresh and hydrated. Do not scratch it at any cost,” emphasises Lokesh.
So there you have it, everything you need to know before you make up your mind to get inked. Keep these key pointers in mind, and you can be on your way to getting the tattoo of your dreams, today!