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Foot Tapping Nerves

11 Oct

Can you feel your foot tapping a hole through the floor? The cold sweat on your brow is becoming more visible, and you begin to feel nauseas. Thoughts start running through your mind… “Is this really what I want? How bad is it going to hurt? What if…”, than you hear the buzzing begin. You grasp the chair handle and your tattoo artist goes to work.  You are about to get your first tattoo, are you ready?

What Should I get?

“Tattoos shouldn’t serve as current representations of the people we are, but rather nostalgic bookmarks to remind us of the people we once were,” said Max Barna, a tattoo sporting journalist.

Before you even step foot into the shop, know that what you are about to get put on your body is permanent. Getting a tattoo is not about following the latest fashion trend, but about something that has merit in a lifetime. Do not get a tattoo because it is what someone else wants you to get. Someone else’s opinion does not matter. This piece of art is going on your body, not theirs.

“If you’re going to get a good tattoo that’s well thought out, original, and an idea that truly represents something you feel strongly about, then you’d be a fool to regret it later on in life, even if you don’t necessarily feel the same way about it,” said Barna.

Which Shop Should I go to?

Locating a tattoo parlor to get a tattoo done at can be nerve racking. Finding an artist that has enough skills at the specific details that you are looking for can be tricky. Get recommendations; talk to your friends and family members where they had gotten theirs done before. If their tattoo does not have the quality that you would like yours to have, try to avoid that location.

“Do your research on your artist, ask around. Don’t forget to check their website,” said Erik Benson, an art major and tattoo lover.

Not only are you looking for a place that has the ability, but you are also looking for a place that is clean. Use the internet to look up reviews. Also go with your gut feeling, if you walk into the shop and the atmosphere is not your liking, find another location.

“Always, ALWAYS make sure they reach into their desks, take out a fresh needle in a sealed package, and put it on the gun while you watch them,” said Barna.

To make sure everything is sterilized and clean, ask to see the needles before they are taken out of their packages and before they are used. Most parlors will have their licenses displayed, if you cannot find it, ask them to show it you. If they are weary about showing you things, get out of there as fast as you can.

Keep This in Mind

Do not get a tattoo when you are under any sort of influence or have been drinking the night before. An artist cannot give you a tattoo if you are visibly inebriated. When a person is intoxicated, their blood in thinner, thus more blood will be lost when getting the tattoo.

Getting a tattoo while under the influence can also lead to getting something that you may not necessarily want. Always keep in mind that a tattoo is permanent and the effects of going to a place that is not sanitary are also permanent.

In the Shop

So there you are, sitting in the chair about to go under the gun and your heart is beating out of your chest. “How bad is this going to hurt? Am I breathing to heavily? Can he feel me shaking?” Take a break from all of this and take a deep breath.

“I downplay it as a cat scratch; it’s as about as deep. It’s the best way to describe it. Where the cat scratch is varies on how much it is going to hurt,” said Scott Simacek, a tattoo artist with over fifty of his own tattoos.

Remain calm; ask your artist if you have any questions or concerns. He or she will be able to answer you.  If you get nervous in the chair, ask the artist to tell you the story of how they got started or if they have had any interesting experiences with their customers. This will keep your mind off the pain, and you will get to know your artist better.

How do I Fight Through the Pain?

The process of getting a tattoo is a series of needles penetrating in and out of the skin. Getting a tattoo will cause some discomfort because it essentially an open wound. Where the positioning of the tattoo is located determines how much it is going to hurt.

“I wasn’t really able to calm myself down, I got my first tattoo on my hip and it hurt really bad. I put a shirt in my mouth and bit down on it,” said Benson.

Keep breathing at all times through the course of getting the tattoo. Holding your breath will lead to a person being lightheaded and possibly passing out. The body is going to need plenty of oxygen and support to due to the changes happening to it.

“I fell in love, my first tattoo is a giant eel. I watched every line and tried to make the best of it,” said Simacek, when asked how he felt while getting his first tattoo.

If the pain gets to be too much, let your artist know so they can let you take a break. Remember, this is something that you really want, beauty can be painful and it will be worth it in the end.

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