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Thread: Getting my first tattoo - advice needed

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    Default Getting my first tattoo - advice needed

    I’d like to get my first tattoo sometime this year and I feel it’s gonna be MM inspired.
    The song “Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” really spoke to me the last couple months since being admitted to hospital twice and finding out I have a rare neurological condition that is undergoing investigation which was a revelation because for years since I have not felt right but now we have a lead I want something not just to honor my battle scars but to raise awareness for invisible illness. I was thinking of doing something playing around with the “Fated, faithful or fatal” lyric as I feel that resonates well with what I’ve been going through; my condition has been present since birth according to scans but has only been causing an issue since my teens (fated), I try and I push forward getting stronger each day and hold out the hope that the sun will still rise the next morning (faithful) but it could and probably will be the cause of an early grave should I not find treatment (fatal).

    Do I consult this idea with a tattoo artist and ask them to draft some designs?
    What should I be aware of for my first tattoo otjer than good reviews etc.
    What are your thoughts on all this?

    Thanks!
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    Overspend.


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    Not that I have any tattoos (indecisive), but I did have a partner-in-law for many years who was a tattoo model and I knew a segment of the industry through her. General tips:

    • Research the style of line art or ink you want before talking to any artist, because there are different types and different people specialise in them. You might not want gray scale, but definitely like delicate graphic work, tribal etc. There are tattoo magazines, social media and lots of places to look.
    • Think about what style will last the longest. Tattoos fade and blur, need up-keep. Some more than others. Unless you are okay with it fading off, then make sure you invest in something that will not cost you a fortune in the long run.
    • When choosing where to put it think not only about visuals but pain levels. If the bone is close to the surface, or there are a bunch of nerve endings (feet!! Side of the ribs!!) will hurt 100% more than if it is done over bulky muscle/fatty tissue. If the areas is sensitive on its own, it will be with a needle.
    • If you've not had a tattoo before it is wise to get someone to design to your specification as they can draw to the body.
    • Talk to people in your area who have had tattoos and ask for recommendations.
    • Research the artist you are interested in - stalk their Instagram and look at their work. This is especially so if you want them to design you something and not come in with your own (and if you are at all uncertain, then don't!). Many have pre existing designs they can tailor to you, if cost is an issue.
    • Talk to them. If they aren't interested in talking, then don't use them. Watch them work.
    • Get a pen line mock up of the tattoo and wear it to see how it goes. Ask how many sessions it will take, healing times, after care etc.
    • Last and perhaps most important of all: turn up and investigate the studio for hygiene - how is the equipment kept? How is it sterilised (autoclave)? Do they follow best medical practice with needles etc? Does it look clean? You do NOT need HIV or Hepatitis on top of your existing condition (sorry by the way).



    And as Golden Eel said: overspend. A good tattoo is not cheap, an amazing tattoo is fucking expensive. Unless you are married to the artist, and that is a different sort of cost.
    Last edited by Enname; 04-24-2018 at 04:56 PM.
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    Hey @kk_15, love the idea- hope you find the right artist to execute it for you!

    Enname has already given you some excellent advice but since you have a medical condition, it might be worth mentioning that you may feel a bit "off" after getting the tattoo especially if it's a large one or on a painful spot. Some people feel body weakness and tiredness so make sure you get a couple of days off work, school or other daily duties. I've been tattooed near a bone twice and had my nipples pierced. On all three occasions I had this weird episode several hours afterwards where everything goes black for a moment, I'd get noise in my ears and if at the time I'm standing or walking, I'd just fall. It's all individual of course but I'd say make sure you can rest after getting tattoed, just to be on the safe side. Best of luck!
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    Oh! Reminding me to add in: take some sort of paracetamol or ibuprofen (or whatever drug you can tolerate) beforehand, especially if your pre existing condition has any element of pain sensitivity to it. It will at least help in the moment, if not in the longer term shock/immune response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Procrastinator View Post
    I've been tattooed near a bone twice
    That sounds very unsanitary.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden Eel View Post
    That sounds very unsanitary.
    I'd say it sounds like I might have worded it incorrectly as English is not my first language. :P


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    You worded it fine, I was just making a cheap sex joke because this is Provider Module, after all.


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    I thought of a literal bone- human decomposition or a dog bone; legitimately chuckled

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    What enname said +

    I would throw your idea around to multiple artists to get multiple takes-- select what matches Your Idea the best; good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden Eel View Post
    You worded it fine, I was just making a cheap sex joke because this is Provider Module, after all.
    Sorry, I didn't get it. :(


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