Thinking Before Inking
May 9, 2012 Tattoos
You have decided that you want to get a tattoo and now you are wondering what comes next. It is critical that you are aware of the local laws in your area, health concerns and any other issues associated with tattoos. A tattoo is going to last throughout your entire life, if you are not smart in choosing the design, location and artist, you may regret your decision in time.
Your teenage years is the time when you are searching your soul, learning whom you are and looking for a way to express your independence and individuality. The most important thing to consider before getting a tattoo as a teen is how your parents feel about the whole thing. If your parents are not game with you being inked, you may run into trouble.
Some teenagers believe all that is required to get a tattoo is consent from their parents. These teens may be surprised to find out that it is actually a bit more complicated. Talking to your parents and convincing them that it is a good idea to get ink is only a small part of the journey.
If you are under legal age to get a tattoo in your area, it does not matter what your parents think. Parental consent can do nothing to change the law. If you are not of age, you must wait to get your art.
Find out your parents thoughts and feelings on body art. If your parents are not on board with your being tattooed, then it may be best to wait until you are a little older.
Just as with anything else we do to our bodies, there is a certain amount of risk involved in getting a tattoo, beyond the obvious pain. It is important to check out a number of tattoo parlors before you commit to letting them stick a needle in your skin.
Unhygienic, insanitary tattoo parlors are all too common, and can be extremely lethal. The risk for disease transmission or allergic reaction is always in play when you get a tattoo. Reduce this risk by learning about all health risks that are involved as well as proper parlor safety before climbing in the chair.