I think I was 22 when I got my first tattoo. (I don’t remember well, to be honest)
The average age range of getting a first tattooв is the early 20s, I saw that somewhere. I didn’t have any particular ambitions to get an ink, but when I fell into a very passionate love affair with my boyfriend at that time, we decided to get ourselves matching tattoos. Later, as you probably already guessed, that became one of the biggest & worst decisions in my life.
When you get one ink, you kind of get the gist of it and you become less scared and more tolerant. And then, you decide to get more. Because why not? Next thing you know you are checking designs for your next ink. One after another. And now, there are more than 7 little tattoos on my body.
Here below, you can see the most frequently asked questions I get about tattoos.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. Yes. It hurts because a tattoo is technically a wound. The thin layer of your skin is being pricked with a needle! Of course, it hurts. Try pressing and moving a toothpick over your skin and you will understand what kind of pain you have to endure. HOWEVER, the fact itself that getting an ink hurts does not stop you from getting it. I have tattoos on my ankle and on the inner arm, also one tat on my skin over the rib but I managed to stay calm and not whine about the pain while getting them. The best known painful parts on a body to get a tattoo is center of a body, and the areas near the heart, around the spine, over the ribs, and on the flank. Some even need to rest and have the tattoos inked in separate sessions. If the skin is thick, it does not hurt and you don’t even notice that you’re being inked.
By the way, if it does not look like the needle is pricking, that’s because you have a very bad eyesight. No, I’m kidding. It’s because the needle vibrates and moves very fast. A freshly inked tattoo is a wound that later becomes a scab. Since it’s a wound, when it’s healing you may feel the urge to scratch it. Never scratch your scab because that results in your tattoo fading. Treat it carefully, put on some ointment, moisturize it and leave it to heal.
Q. Why did it have to be a tattoo?
A. Well, why do people pierce their ears? It kind of looked cool and, as a child, I already liked to play around with tattoo stickers, so for me, it was only natural to consider the option of an ink. When I get a tattoo, I always think of its meaning. Every tattoo on my body has a meaning: important things in my life, things that I like …etc. The reason I chose them to be in forms of tattoos, is because it’s just dope…?
Q. How to choose a skillful artist?
A. It should be someone who does not complain when you want your tattoo adjusted by millimeters. Tattoos should not be cheap. If the ink is cheap, it’s gonna be shitty. Think this way: You’re paying for the skill and for the tattoo that is going to remain on your body for the rest of your life. I always go to the same artist and do not cheat on my artist.
Q. How do you come up with designs?
A. Some I find on Internet, some I have in mind already. Depends on the motif. One tattoo I have on my inner arm was on another person’s back. Be creative.
Q. Did something change after you got a tattoo?
A. Till now, this is a pleasant surprise for me, but nothing actually changed. Even I, myself, have not changed haha. Just because I have a tattoo does not mean I’m going to be violent. (In Japan, tattoos are associated with Yakuza = Japanese mafia, thus a lot of people are prejudiced towards tattoos) Most of the people just stare at me and at my tattoos for a few seconds, then they probably get bored or reach some conclusions and just go back to whatever they were doing. No one picks fights, and everyone is more or less accepting. My friends were all supportive, usually, people are curious about the meaning and why I got them. I love the reactions of people and one time I was abroad, someone even wanted to take a picture!
Final words: Just because you got a tattoo does not mean you’re going to lose friends, au contraire, most people you meet will be accepting and cool about it. But, be aware that the “society” you live in may not be as tolerant as your friends. Don’t expect elderly and your family to immediately be “cool” about it. Some people I spoke with said they want to get a tattoo but will not while their parents are alive. Since in Japan, tattoos are a kind of a taboo, and often times prevents one from finding a decent a job. Most companies do not accept tattoos and even one company I worked for told me to wash off my tattoo sticker. So, if you want an ink, consider your options and then, only then, you should go consult with the artist.
ALSO, PLEASE DON’T GET A MATCHING TATTOO, IT’S A STUPIDEST IDEA. YOU CAN’T REMOVE A TATTOO.
As for me, I got my tattoo re-done after I broke up with my ex-boyfriend.
Have a good ink, Millennials.