It was my 18th birthday when I decided I was going to get my first tattoo. I remember being really excited and not having a clue as to what I was going to get.
As I looked through the tattoo magazine that was lying around while I was waiting for the tattoo artist, I saw a huge winged angel and it spoke to me. I thought that’s the one!
Don’t judge me. I was only 18, and I never claimed I had the best taste 😉
I sat there for three hours give or take, until it was done (who knew if I would ever see that guy again since he was a friend of a friend, and just got fired from the local tattoo shop for being unreliable)
When it was all over, I was happy. My tattoo came out pretty good, not to mention it covered my entire left shoulder. Hey, go big or go home right?
13 years, 2 kids, and some on and off weight fluctuations later, and my sweet little angel doesn’t look so sweet anymore.
I later learned through experience I had broken the four cardinal rules of getting a tattoo
No.1 Never get a tattoo while still in your teens (or early twenties if you really want to play it safe).
The reason being; the older you get, the more your tastes will change. Weather because you got married, had kids or whatever else life throws at you, you are going to evolve.
You can never be positive you will still want that the giant Scooby Doo smoking a joint on the small of your back.
Not that I don’t love Scooby doo mind you, but I just don’t think it will be all that appropriate when your kid turns four, and wants to know what that is in his mouth and why his eyes are so red….
No.2 Placement is everything.
If your going to break rule one make sure it doesn’t cover an entire body part so its easier to cover up. Plus it will leave more options open to you if you do want to cover it.
No.3 Know what you want before you go in.
Give yourself time to think about what you want this tattoo to say about you for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!
No.4 Do your homework.
Make sure you check out the tattoo artist work before hand. Just because they can do tattoos doesn’t mean they are good.
Believe me, having a shitty tattoo sucks! I literally have to go four sizes bigger then my entire shoulder to cover it up! Were talking hours of work, and definitely more than one session.
So there it is my four cardinal rules for getting a tattoo. looking back now my tattoo reminds me of where I was in that moment on my 18th birthday, and that at the time I think I felt I needed a little protection and guidance.
Even though I wish someone would have mentioned all this to me before I got inked at least I can pass it on.
If I can just stop that one person before they get that giant colored mushroom with the weird googly eyes that covers the entire back of their calve then I will have made a difference.