How Permanent are Tattoos?

Tattooing as an art form has now officially entered the mainstream, and is now viewed by the majority as being an acceptable form of self-expression. This new level of ink acceptance has more people considering getting work done than ever before, but the problem here is that too many people rush into the decision, only to end up with a piece that they regret. There are a number of reasons why this happens, and oftentimes it’s from people going in with the belief that a bad tattoo is something that they can easily have removed if they are unhappy with how it turns out. This is definitely not the case, which is why you need to take some time to think about what you want, as well as where you will have it done, before committing to a tattoo.
There are some things that you should definitely do before you commit to body art, as this is one of the very few decisions that you will make in your life that will be truly permanent. This isn’t like a bad relationship that you can break off, or a crappy apartment that can be left behind as soon as the lease is up. Tattoos are forever, and that is why you need to be completely sure that this is something you want to do.
The first thing to think about is the actual piece itself. Is this something that you will still be proud to show off in 5, 10, or even 20 years? If you are considering getting the name of your current partner inked, you had better be sure that this is the person you want to be with for the rest of your life. That band that you believe to be so very cool right now; are they going to have lasting power or be a one hit wonder? If you really are committed to getting inked, make the piece that you choose be something meaningful. Let’s face it, you don’t want to spend the rest of your life explaining said tattoo or trying to shamefully cover it up.
The next thing to consider is where you are going to go to get the tattoo done. If you live in a larger city, there may be several options open to you, and it’s important that you do a little comparison shopping. Price is the least important factor here, because tattooing is one area where you usually always get what you pay for. What you should be looking for is a clean, reputable shop that has at least one artist who can deliver the tattoo you want in your chosen style. Don’t ever settle for a shop or an artist just because it’s all that’s available in your area. If need be, look further afield to find the right person for the job.
If you really consider your body to be a temple, then don’t think about defacing it with what basically amounts to graffiti. The goal of a tattoo should be to enhance the look of your body, so make sure it’s something that you really want to do before a needle ever touches your skin.