Are you interested in tattoos? Have you seen them on people and been curious about getting one yourself? Well then this guide is for you. Here you will learn the history of the art and profession and some of the reasons behind why people choose to "get inked." We will also go into how to find a tattoo artist, how to take care of your new tattoo, and medical issues that may arise. Hopefully this guide will help you to understand what is right for you and your body.
Are You Old Enough?
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) breaks down the laws on tattoos and body piercings state by state. Generally, the law states that you may receive a tattoo if you are 18 years or older. Most states allow a person under 18 to receive a tattoo, with permission from a parent or guardian, but there are also states where this is forbidden. Make sure to search the state where you will be receiving the tattoo to see which law applies!
Do You Have Enough Money?
Depending on the size, placement, and the artist of your tattoo, the cost can vary tremendously. It is a good idea to start saving early, so that when the perfect opportunity comes along, you are ready. In this article, author Alexa Tucker gives the reader some tips on different ways to save up for the tattoo of your dreams.
Common Tattoo Terms You Should Know
Aftercare - The process of caring for your healing tattoo after it is on your body
Artist - Shortened term for a tattoo artist, the person who tattoos you
Client - What tattoo artists call people who are receiving a tattoo
Flash - Pre-designed images usually found in a collection of images on paper or in a binder. They are sometimes used to help clients understand a certain tattoo style or to give the client or artist a template to create a custom tattoo.
Inked - A slang term for someone who has tattoos
Piece - A slang term for a tattoo
Shop - A place where a select group of tattoo artists work and allow for walk-in tattoo sessions
Studio - A place where one tattoo artist or a small collective of tattoo artists work, typically on appointment-only custom tattoos