First tattoo: what you need to know Tattoos have always fascinated and attracted us. The first tattoo is special, and many thoughts and questions arise before getting it. Our guide will answer basic questions and help you relax before your first trip to the tattoo artist. Step 1. Styles research The tattoo will be a part of your body for life, so it is worth taking the time to research tattoo styles, it is also important when choosing a tattoo artist, good artists usually work in 1-2 styles. Follow the link for a look at tattoo styles Tattoo styles Step 2. Tattoo design When looking for a sketch of a tattoo, we advise you to keep the options you like. This will make it easier for your master to create an individual sketch. You can fill in either a ready-made sketch proposed by the master, or created individually for you. Step 3. Colour Often the tattoo style dictates the color palette. Masters can change the color based on your wishes. Your skin tone plays a big role in how well the colors hold. Bright tones, blue and red pigments are better on dark skin. On light - yellow, green shades of pigment, pastel colors. What about black paint? It fits equally well on any skin, the quality of the pigment application is important. Tattoos fade over time. This is due to the fact that your skin is renewed. Do not worry, you can always update the tattoo. Step 4. Place and size Time affects not only the color but also the contour of the tattoo, it can blur. It depends on the size and location. It is important to think carefully about where you want to get the tattoo. The wizard will help you decide and warn you about possible pain sensations. Of course it will hurt. You may not feel anything if you have a high pain threshold. It is most painful in places where there is less fat and more nerve endings. Most sore spots: hands and fingers, neck, forehead, spine, ribs, upper legs, ankles. Step 5. The choice of the master There are several options when choosing a master. 1. Ask friends and acquaintances where they got their tattoos. 2. You can find tattoo artists yourself on our website, in social networks. When choosing a master, it is important to consider: - license (in the absence of a license, responsibility for the work and the consequences will lie with you) - sanitary standards (disposable consumables must be used in the salon: needles and nozzles for them, caps for paint, wires, a power supply unit and a tattoo machine must be wrapped in a protective film. The place where you will be tattooed must be treated with a disinfectant and wrapped in foil. Shavers, wipes, gloves must be new) - reviews (you can sign up for a consultation and then make a decision on the choice of a master. You trust him with a part of yourself, first of all you should be comfortable) Here you can choose masters from all over the world Tattoo Artists Step 6 Price There are several payment options for a session. 1. Hourly pay. The more complex the tattoo, the longer it will take. The cost of one hour of work of a master depends on his experience and professionalism. The size and location for application directly affects the time, and therefore the cost. 2. The artist tells you the price for the tattoo. The price will depend on the size, the complexity of the design, and the place of application. Before the session 1. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. This will make it easier to get to the part of the body where the tattoo will be and after the session the clothes will not chafe. 2. Do not consume alcohol, drugs, coffee, pills or fatty foods. They tend to thin the blood, which will cause the blood to flow more strongly during the process. 3. Eat a solid meal before your session. This will help prevent loss of consciousness and relieve pain. You can also take a snack with you if you have a long session ahead of you. 4. Do not shave the area where the tattoo will be, the tattoo artist will do this before the session to minimize irritation. After the session After completing the work, the master will treat the tattoo with ointment or special cream and wrap it with film, and give recommendations for healing. Usually, the bandage is removed after the session after 5-6 hours. Then wash the tattoo with warm water and soap and pat dry with a towel. Then you need to apply the cream and wrap the tattoo with foil again. This procedure should be repeated every 5-6 hours for 4-7 days. The duration of this process depends on how quickly your skin regenerates. A fresh tattoo is an open wound and should be treated with clean hands. This will help avoid infection and will not damage the tattoo. That's all! We hope we have helped you complete the knowledge and find the courage before getting your first tattoo.