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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo -- Ask Yourself These 6 Questions First

Tattoos are all the rage now. Everyone is getting them, no matter the age, gender, or socioeconomic status. Tattoos are permanent, unless you want to go through the painful process of removing them. There is also the matter of health because the tattoo process does break the skin. So, before you run out and get your first tattoo, as yourself these 6 questions.

To tattoo or not to tattoo

#1 Have you talked to your doctor? - It's always a good idea to check with your family doctor or dermatologist first. They know your health history and can tell you ahead of time whether or not you will be able to tolerate a tattoo or develop a nasty reaction to it.

#2 Are ready to wear your tattoo forever? - Tattoos are permanent, so it's best to avoid names of current boyfriends or girlfriends. Also make sure the tattoo reflects some type of permanent value in your life rather than a short-term phase.

#3 How well have you researched the tattoo shop? - Make sure you do your homework on finding a reputable tattoo studio. Ask around. Then visit the shop and ask questions, or even references, including current health permits, blood-borne pathogen certifications, and awards. Choose a tattoo place that is safe and sanitary.

#4 Does your tattoo artist know exactly what you want? - Unless you have a specific photo or drawing to show them, make sure you have a through discussion with the artist so they understand what you want. Look through their portfolio for ideas.

#5 Are you ready for the pain? - When deciding where you want your tattoo, ask the artist about pain levels. Some parts of the body are more susceptible to pain than others.

#6 Do you know how to care for your tattoo afterward? - Like any other medical procedure, a tattoo must be properly taken care of afterward. Ask the technician to explain in detail how to care for your new body art. The Mayo Clinic recommends removing the bandage after 24 hours and applying antibiotic ointment to the tattooed skin during healing.

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