So you want to get a tattoo, but you have absolutely no experience getting one. Whether you want to get a wrist tattoo or a tattoo idea that spawns your entire back, going into a shop for the first time can be nerve-wracking. Fear not because there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of when you go into a tattoo parlor, in fact, they are some of the most hospitable and laid-back places conducting business in the neighborhood. Here are several reasons you should quit putting off getting that tattoo and march into your local shop to get inked up. At the end of this post you’ll see that there’s no reason you should be afraid of getting a tattoo.
The Tattoo Parlor Isn’t Scary
If someone like Justin Bieber can walk into tattoo parlors around the world and get so much ink, you have nothing to worry about. Tattoo parlors are businesses and the people who work there treat them as such. You will be treated just like any other customer when you walk into a tattoo parlor and receive the admiration and common courtesy of tattoo veterans.
The Tattoo Parlor
The Needle Doesn’t Hurt That Bad
Depending on where you get your tattoo, you won’t feel it that much. If you are getting something on an area with a lot of fat and muscle, like the side of your arm or a shoulder tattoo, you have nothing to fear from the needle. If you are getting a wrist tattoo or a tattoo on the very top of your forearm, the needle will hurt, but the pain does not last forever.
The Tattoo Needle
You Can Bring Support
Most tattoo parlors let you bring friends and family to watch you get your tattoo. If you are afraid of getting your tattoo idea applied to your body, bring someone who is close to you for support. If you don’t have support, your tattoo artist will always be there to help talk you through every part of the process.
The Artist Works for You
At the tattoo parlor, your artist is your best friend. He can take any tattoo idea you have and make it come to reality; all without judgment. No matter what his tastes are or how many arm sleeve tattoos he might have, your tattoo is his number one priority because you are paying cold hard cash for it.
The Tattoo Artist
You’ll Sign Plenty of Legal Jargon
Any good tattoo parlor is going to be licensed by the government and carefully regulated by inspectors. All tattoo artists have gone through extensive training and know exactly what they are doing. Before you get a tattoo, you’ll sign paperwork that outlines exactly what the tattoo shop is liable for. This paperwork will also protect you from anything wrong that goes on in case of emergency or accident.
You Can See the Sterilization First-hand
Tattoo parlors take pride in their cleanliness and sterilization methods. While you’re waiting for your tattoo, you’ll see the artists clean their work stations and take extensive measures to make sure your experience is as sanitized as possible.