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  • Are you REALLY sure you want to? Infection Mediocre artistic ability
  • The fact that you're going to have it when you're old and saggy. It ain't gonna look so pretty then! lol lol
  • Where you want it, and what you want. The cost, the "pain" (it's not that bad), reactions from people around you, and your work place. Of course, I personally just went for it, over 20 times!
  • * tattoos are permanent unless you surgically remove them * some people are allergic, may cause skin disease
  • Is a tweety bird on your ass going to be cute when your fifty? And is the pain worth it? *Note I have seven*
  • Why am I doing it? Of what benefit is it to me? Can I live with this for the rest of my life? I know I can get it removed later, but can I really afford that? What will this say about me? Is this the example that I want to set for my children? Will it look as 'cool' or 'sexy' in 10, 20, 30 years from now?
  • how clean is the tattoo parlor (although cleanliness could be deceiving)? do you trust them? is this something you want to have for the rest of your life? is the artist accomplished? If you don't like something tell them. if there is any question about the questions wait till you come accross a good parlor... if they have a sign on the door that says no attitudes and when you go in just to find out they have the tude, leave... ;)
  • Sterility of materials being used, credentials of the tattoo artist, and whether or not you like a certain design enough to have it on your body for the rest of your life.
  • tons of things -when your at your kids 10 year old swim party and her grandma and grandpa are there. how is it going to look when you take off your shirt to swim with your kid and your all tatted up in front of your mother and father in law -tattoos have always been frowned upon by conservative people (for the most part). So by getting this tattoo, you have already signed yourself up for an entire population of strong conservative people to judge you the minute they find out you have one. -ever seen an old biker or old man with a tattoo? 9 out of 10 times you wont see one and say "o thats pretty" or "wow it still looks so cool" -however, if you want one and you care, there are plenty of places to put one on your body that be hidden by clothing. -also, if all the points i said above dont really seem to bother you. then your the right person to get one.
  • Let it be something that means something to you and there is no chance of that significance changing. ie: let it be something that represents you .. names of children, parents, beliefs or such. Make sure you are ready for the responsibility because just getting a tat and that's that.. is not how it is. You have to maintain it later on or it will look like crap Please do not get one on your forehead ..because contrary to what people say.. we are not laughing with you if you have one.. we are laughing AT you. Of course make sure they use sterile equipment but most reputable places are really on the up and up on this issue. Think it out for a while.. I have always felt better about a big decision when I decided NOT to do it until I had thought about it for a week straight.. if the thought simmered.. I did not act on it .. if it was still strong on my mind.. it usually was a good decision to act on. Take a week and think on it all through the week.. see how strong it is at the end. Good luck
  • I always have a hard time doing stuff if it's something that I wouldn't want my unborn children to do. lol. If I wouldn't like them getting a tattoo, I would have a hard time getting one. I wouldn't want them to throw it back at me and say, "Mommy did it". I would look into getting a REALLY qualified artist, because it's not an easy thing to change if they screw up. Where I live, it's really hard to get a job if your tattoo can't be covered during work. Then, there is also infection with unsanitized needles and your bodies reaction to it.
  • Its permanent. later in life, you may have different ideas about tattoos and you are stuck with them. And, finally, somewhere down the road, some doctor may discover that tattoo ink causes cancer and here you are from head to toe with tattoos, waiting for your angel to appear.
  • I hope my daughters think about ME before getting a tattoo. I think they will eventually both get one but I really don't want them to. I think they have both refrained from getting one because they know how much I oppose the idea. If they do eventually get a tattoo I'm sure I'll get over it. I would also hope they consider the health issues involved, such as the transmittal of diseases. Although with proper cleaning and precautions against cross contamination, contacting a disease from tattooing is almost impossible.
  • Will everybody who sees it assume I have been to prison?
  • Make sure you are getting it for yourself, and no one else, you're the one who will wear it for the rest of your life. Reseach the tattoo places in your area, go visit them, is it clean? ask to see the autoclave. Check the portfolios, make sure you like the quality of their work. Are the people who work there nice, do you feel comfortable in the shop itself. If you get any bad feelings in the place, for any reason, don't get your tattoo their. Also, ask tattooed friends where they got their tattoos, and who'd they'd recomend. Be prepared to answer questions about your tattoo afterwards, they will range from curious and polite, to flat out rude. Also, sunlight makes tattoos fade terribly, so if you want to keep your tattoo looking good for years, remember sunscreen! And tanning beds are bad for them too, if you want to keep your ink looking good, at least sunscreen your tattoos.
  • The design, if your going to like it in a year or more, where you're getting it, the kind of ink, and most importantly the reputation and skill of the person doing your ink.
  • design and location .... do you really really like the design, is it in a location that you can live with and that will not stretch or shrink too much if you gain or lose weight? shop and tattooist .... have you seen a portfolio or talked to clients? are they friendly? do they listen to you and your concerns? is it CLEAN? eat before you get tattooed! the process drains a lot of adrenaline and you WILL get sick if you don't eat first.
  • There are a lot of things to think about before getting a tattoo. First is, what are you going to get? It should be something that is special to you and that you won't mind having 20, or 40 years later. Getting tattooed is permanent. You'll have it on your body forever. You need to ask yourself, are you responsible enough to look after it? Tattoos are a HUGE responsibility to look after. If not treated properly, they can cause major damage. And thirdly, you should try and find the best tattoo shop in town. It should be clean, and when getting tattoed, they should not allow others in the room.
  • Will it affect your ability to change and move into different/better social circles as you age?
  • That it's going to be there for the rest of your life. When you meet that special someone someday...what if they are perfect for you in everyway, except that they HATE tattoos.
  • Infection and Hepatitis C
  • Well I have two and I love the first one I got and I hate the second. Ask yourself if you are really going to like this in a year? Or two? Or twenty? I hate to be all cliche and say that hindsight is 20/20, but its true. I would suggest thinking it over for a month or so. Whatever you do- don't make it spur of the moment.
  • What to get where to get it why you want it will you always want it Will you Get an infection How clean is the parlor
  • It is somthing i can deal with forever? The tattoo artist? The actual tattoo (Design etc..)? The placing? Is it unique?
  • Once you pick an artist check out the quality of their work look at their portfolio. If you dont like the work the artist does why have him/her do it. Then think about what you are getting and make sure that your choice is something you could live with forever.
  • Is it the tattoo you want? I knew I wanted a tatto for years before I found the one that I knew would be perfect for me, remember by getting a tattoo you're using your body as a canvas for art, if you don't love the art and won't be able to look at it everyday with a smile don't even bother.
  • 1. Location of the tattoo, can you hide it if necessary? 2. Tattoo itself, do you love it enough to have it forever? 3. Is the parlor clean, friendly, helpful at all? 4. Is the artist any good?, check out their portfolio, talk to your friends and see anyone has heard anything bad about the shop or the artist 5. Eat first, i didnt on my 1st tattoo and i almost fainted afterwards i had to go to a store next door and grab some food.
  • That it's never gonna come off. Tattoos really facinate me, I still keep thinking mine will come off in the wash. Having something permenantly on your skin is a reallly big thing. Also, you should see how your family feels about it 'cos it wouldnt be so good if your boyfriend/girlfriend hated it.
  • Is this something I want on my body for life? Am I doing this just at the spur of the moment? How will this affect me self image? Exactly why am I getting this tattoo and am I trying to gain something from being in the "in" crowd?
  • Is it something that, when put where I want it, may hinder my job/career prospects now or later? Some places of employment have dress codes that include no visible tattoos. Is it someplace that will stretch/sag later? Is it something I won't want to change at a future point? The name of the one you love is great, but relationships don't always last, even if you are certain they will at the time. Am I prepared to care for it properly? Keeping it moist at first, and clean, to prevent scarring? Will I have TIME to care for it properly at first? Will what I do affect someone else negatively? i.e. a teenager getting one against parent's permission, or someone getting one against a SO's wishes - may cause friction.
  • "Do I REALLY want this?" "WHAT should it be?"
  • it will be on your body for the rest of your lifen wat u want
  • I would reccomend - No names, unless they are close family No political statements, if your opinion changes your stuck with it! Design your own! Why stick with one that everyone else can get... Think of the position, will you be able to conceal it if need be?
  • 1) About the tattoo it's self: size location pattern and color exposure to the sun if you can conceal it when and if you need to (ie for a job interview ext) these will all matter if you want to have it removed or covered over by another, or even build more on to it. 2) about the place you are getting it: is it clean are they reputable do they use new or re-sterilized needles do the employees look drunk or high do they reuse ink cups do they sterilizes the seating or laying place you must be to get it done. are they going to do what you want or what they want 3) think about how committed you are to this: Unlike piercings tattoos are with you forever they are expensive to cover or remove and can leave a scar. 4) think about your body: do you scare easy (you have to stay still after all) Do you scar? what skin tone do you have and can the colors you want hold in it there is a lot to getting a tattoo, make sure your ready, and if you are, enjoy =) Read tihs before you do for safty steps: http://tattoo.about.com/cs/beginners/a/blchecklist.htm
  • Did I pick the right design? Is the tattoo shop clean? Are their license on display? Were the needles and such taken right out of the package? What is the aftercare? These are just a few things I looked into before I got my tattoos. You need to know all of these for sure!! Especially looking to see if they took the needle out of packaging in front of you. Also look for their license on display - it should be!!!!!!
  • what do you want, where do you want it and how is it going to look when you're 85 playing bingo don't get something dumb like pooh bear, you'll usually regret it when you're 30 and realize you're stuck with poohbear on your hip, which will look dumb
  • do what i did; think about it for a damn long time. i waited for just shy of a year before i finally got mine. the time will give you a better chance to zero in on what you want, as well.
  • I just want to know - DID YOU ever get the tattoo? This is an old question. If you did - what did you get it of?
  • Are you really sure? Will you not regret it later? Is it going to look ridiculous when you get old? These are some of the things which helped me decide about mine. I have a small, black only, winged heart (which I drew) on my upper thigh. It is only seen when I want it seen. I have had it for almost 20 years and have not regretted it yet.
  • "self do i really want to look at this for the rest of my life"

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