The most critical thing about tattoos is that they are a permanent decision, obviously! So before you decide on the design, you should do some research first if you know what’s good for you!
Getting a tattoo is a very personal choice that needs to be made with short- and long-term consequences in mind. The truth is that, as we age, our lifestyle changes, but while style crazes can be easily forgotten, a permanent tattoo can only be annoyingly regretted.
Sometimes, it’s best not to do it, or at least take plenty of time to think about it. More importantly, if you’re getting a tattoo because it will make you look cool, then just DON’T!
the top 10 reasons why you should hold off on
the ink for now (according to experts)
You Don’t Know Your Tattoo Artist
Just the same way you’d research your surgeon before undergoing surgery, you should also get to know your tattoo artist before jumping in to get inked. Start by examining the artist’s portfolio and asking for references. There are actually many tattoo artists that lack skill, experience, and talent. You sure don’t want your precious skin to end up in the wrong hands, right!
What’s worse, bad tattoo artists can ruin your life, from awful, bad-quality tattoos to severe infections. You could even be exposed to Hepatitis C and HIV, in addition to various other diseases you may contract but will only notice after a long period of time.
This can result in nasty outbreaks. So make sure to do your research in advance, meet the artist, and ask as many questions as you need until you feel confident about this experience.
You Haven’t Really Thought it through
If your decision of getting a tattoo is backed up by your friends’ opinions and excitement, chances are it would turn into one of your worst decisions ever.
Anything that includes too much exhilaration and friends’ influence almost always ends up terribly. Besides, your friends (or anyone else) aren’t sharing your skin to be allowed to decide what to do with it or when!
In fact, there are a wide variety of reasons why people seek tattoo removal, including and not limited to changes in work status, motherhood, regret, and maturity. According to experts, the more people get tattoos, the more people have tattoos removed.
Plus, although the modern skin care technology significantly simplified the removal process, it still requires several sessions and procedures.
You Don’t Want to Be Judged
You need to know that a tattoo is likely to change the way other people see you, especially if you are sensitive, which may encourage you to cancel the idea. However, this doesn’t mean you should ever make other decisions based on what people think.
One study revealed that people with visible tattoos are likely to be judged for their inked skin at some point in their life. In the study, volunteers were asked to make assumptions after looking at photos of random individuals with and without tattoos.
The observers claimed the tattoos weren’t professional at all, while older volunteers went on saying that people with tattoos seemed less honest and less smart than those without tattoos.
You’re Planning Pregnancy
Although tattoo removal is an available option, a tattoo is actually an ever-lasting decision that should be taken very seriously with long-term consequences in mind. For instance, pregnancy and giving birth can cause your tattoo to change!
Pregnancy-related stretches and weight changes highly impact your skin, meaning that your tattoo may not keep its original look, mostly for worse. Even if you’re not thinking about becoming pregnant now, you may grow up, meet someone special, or simply change your mind later.
You Should Never Get a Tattoo near Sweat Glands
Many people have never considered this very interesting aspect of tattooing. A recent study revealed that the ink on your skin negatively impacts how the body sweats and can even block sweat altogether. Obviously, the human body needs to sweat to protect itself against overheating, so it’s crucial to never mess up your sweat glands with a tattoo.
Furthermore, Maurie Luetkemeier, the study co-author, says the sodium found in sweat was released in a higher concentration from the tattooed skin, and it also turned out that inked skin produced 50% less sweat than “untattooed” skin.
Getting tattooed consists of having needles breaking into your skin, which means you’ll be exposed to potential infections. So as long as you’re carrying a virus or even having a cold, it’s best to avoid such procedures until you fully recover. According to doctors, tattoos put people at the same risks as minor surgeries thus should be considered as a medical procedure.
Getting a tattoo puts you at risk of developing infections, reactions to the dye/ink, poor scarring, and poor healing, in addition to diseases that can be transmitted from non-sterilized needles and/or instruments. These things can usually result in long-term complications that aren’t easy to treat.
You Don’t Know What Type of Ink is Being Used
We’ve already mentioned the importance of getting to know your tattoo artist and ask them many questions. During this process, make sure to know exactly what type of ink the artist is willing to use on you and also its origins.
While many artists use sterile ink, others would mix it with water to attain the desired shades. Why is this dangerous? If the water used for dilution is not sterile, every drop of ink supply can be contaminated, and you could end up with an infection.
You Want to Mark a Special Occasion
When it comes to tattooing, one of the biggest regrets people end up with is having their partner’s name or even face inked on their own skin forever. Couples may break up and married couples may divorce, while the tattoos remain.
I know a guy who got his ex-girlfriend’s face tattooed on his arm, he then had to fight countless times with his new girlfriend over that old tattoo, so they both decided to have each other’s names tattooed on their forearms, but eventually, they broke up after 1-year dating.
The same thing applies to tattooing wedding, birthday, or similar dates. You can ask Kaley Cuoco about this one, she had to get a big insect tattoo to cover her former-wedding’s date tattoo on her upper back!
Well, this doesn’t mean that every relationship is estimated to end but next time you want to show love, think about ways that don’t involve needles and ever-lasting regrets.
You Aren’t Sure about the Style and Spelling
I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me cringe like misspelled and grammatically incorrect phrases and words, let alone ever-lasting inked mistakes.
To avoid feeling and being perceived as dumb (or worse), check the style and spelling multiple times and don’t go for a foreign language that you know absolutely nothing about.
Remember to ask Google first and let the idea set in your mind for at least 48h, only then, the tattooing can begin (or not!).
You Have a Strong Family History of Skin Cancer or You’ve Had it before
In this case, just forget about ever getting a tattoo. Although tattoos don’t directly cause cancer, they put people who are already predisposed to have this disease in real danger. If you are one of these people, you should worry enough to dump the idea.
Cormac Joyce, a plastic surgeon, says the tattooing process requires including organic dyes and metallic salts into skin layers, adding that breaking into and inflaming the skin can result in malignant transformation. If you really insist on getting a tattoo, at least talk it out with a doctor first. To conclude, if you are getting a tattoo to look cool or bada*s, it’s already not that cool anymore!
Actually, many people get tattoos for many actual good reasons, including covering surgical scars, memorializing a loved one, seeking daily inspiration, expressing something exceptionally meaningful to them, or just because they fell in love with a specific tattoo and don’t care about looking ‘cool’. Whatever your reason, make sure to either do it the right way or not at all.