Here at IGOTWHATYOUNEED, we are huge art guys. My favorite kind of artist won’t be found in museums or galleries, but they do have awesome nicknames and latex gloves. Of course I’m talking about the personal and permanent art, tattoos.
Now the prospect of getting tatted can be intimidating. Here at IGWYN we’re gonna break it down and give you some sound advice on how to do it right.
First and foremost, you get what you pay for. While most artist may start off doing kitchen tats, you don’t want to be a practice dummy. Remember the more color, detail, and size is going to drive up the price. When you’re getting something on your body that everyone is going to see for forever, it’s not the time to be a cheapskate. Getting a discount tattoo is like drafting Sam Bowie over Jordan, you’re going to be haunted by the choice for eternity.
Use the internet. Google other peoples tattoos, get an idea of what you want. Check out artist or shops Instagrams. Most people have specialties, find an artist who specializes in the style you want. Don’t try and make someone start a fire underwater. Play off an artist strengths and the end work will be beautiful.
Be flexible. I know you have your heart set on something by the time you walk in the shop, but if you followed the rest of my advice you’re going to a professional. Artist are gonna rework what you want a little bit, or maybe even suggest getting it somewhere else on your body. If you’re going to trust someone to put a needle in you, maybe also trust them that your first tattoo shouldn’t be a huge piece on your ribs. Trust me, watch one episode of Ink Masters and you’ll see no matter how great the artist, working against them and being stubborn can leave your tat wrecked.
Be safe. Personally, I like a little bit of shadiness to a place where I’m getting work. With that being said, no matter where you go, make sure they use needles fresh out the package and they have gloves on.
Finally have fun. At the end of the day it is art. Get something you love. Don’t listen to people who say you need a deep meaning or that you’re going to hell. It’s your body, enjoy it. I know that if you follow my advice you’ll go from book worm to bad boy in no time. If you disagree, I embrace debate, comment below.
I Got You,
Sean “Elliot Stabler” Thompson