In this series of articles, I will be explaining the process that one needs to go through when getting a new tattoo, especially if it’s the first tattoo. Before I continue one should note that it’s illegal to get tattooed under the age of 18 years, even if you have consent from your parents.

We shall start by explaining how one should choose the area one would like to get tattooed.

What’s the best place to get Tattooed?

PAIN: There is no such thing as pain-free tattoos but everyone has a different pain threshold/tolerance. Getting a tattoo may be painful, everywhere. Some places can be more painful than others. From my experience, the pain elevates itself from the fifth hour, but that doesn’t mean a small tattoo won’t hurt.

WHERE: Everywhere can be a good place to get a tattoo, but the first thing one has to keep in mind is what job/career they have. You should be aware of the work regulations and those of any future jobs you might want to pursue. Certain places might not allow visible tattoos. In those cases, it would be ideal to start from more discreet placements.

CARE: In any case, you should consider getting the tattoo in a place where it can easily be covered if you choose to do so. If you are constantly exposed to the sun, you should keep in mind that the tattoo will fade and age faster, so one needs to be ready to take good care of it by applying sunblock or re-touching it occasionally.

On the other hand, if you do not have such restrictions, a good placement for a tattoo could be either the forearms or the lower legs:

Something important to keep in mind:

Once you tattoo an area from your body (canvas), it may limit your future tattoo projects. Don’t make any rash decisions that you might regret later, even if you are certain that you will only be getting one tattoo in your life. : )

A tattoo is a lifelong commitment and should be taken seriously. It is not a T-shirt you bought because it was funny and you enjoyed wearing for two years . Keeping everything we’ve mentioned so far in mind, I believe you should already have a better idea of where the ideal area for your tattoo would be. The time that you invest into thinking about these things is the secret that will make you happier and more content once you make your final decision.

Note: For those who consider doing a half sleeve simply because it will be completely
covered by a T-shirt, be aware that normally this is not the case. To create something that works well and looks good on the upper arm, the composition may end up being bigger than one might expect.


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