Aug 28, 2006

Getting Tattooed - For Virgins

Questions to ask yourself...
1) Has the artwork been selected? It's good to do your own research online. After all, would you rather have a tattoo that every other dumbass has or would you rather get something unique?

2) Have you decided where to place your tattoo? The area you choose will decide the amount of pain you'll experience.

3) If the artwork is to be done by the tattoo artist, have you approved the final draft? Don't be afraid of making too many changes. After all, it's gonna be on your body for the rest of your life!

How a Tattoo is priced?
Flat Fee: This is the preferred method of pricing flash (the pre-designed sheets on the shop walls) and other custom designs in Singapore and small standards like roses, hearts and lettering. Pricing is estimated based on what it takes for an artist to complete the piece; length of time, complexity of design, number of colors, etc. Keep in mind that these prices are not set in stone and will fluctuate depending on other circumstances such as placement, resizing, adding and/or omitting elements from the design, etc. The price you pay for your tattoo includes your touch-up appointment.

Singapore artists do not charge hourly rates like their counterparts in the United States and London. However a tattoo is priced, be advised that once set, it is generally not a good idea to try to haggle down the price. It belittles the artist and makes you look like a cheapskate. If you feel the price is too high, talk to the artist. If your concerns are legitimate, he may reduce it, otherwise look for alternatives. Not having the full amount right then is NOT a legitimate concern.

Does it hurt?

Everybody has a different threshold for pain. What will hurt one person can be simply annoying to someone else. How much a tattoo hurts is dependent on your individual tolerance for pain. There are areas more sensitive than others that is the same for everybody. Generally the 'meatier' the area the less it hurts. The closer to bone or tendons the more it hurts. Likewise certain areas are exposed to the elements, such as the back and outside parts of the arm, and tend to hurt less than more protected areas, like the inside of the arm, thigh or stomach. Women also tend to be more tolerant of pain than men, specially around the stomach area.

The pain associated with tattooing has been described as feeling like a) a bad sunburn, b) a bee stinging several times, c) a cigarette burn and d) a bad scrape. In most cases the pain diminishes after a few minutes when your body's natural pain killers (endorphins) kick in.

For a better tattoo experience

Your Health: How you feel physically will determine how well you handle the tattooing process. If you are not your normal 100%; due to a cold, fatigue, medication; you will fell more discomfort during the tattooing process. It will do you better to re-schedule an appointment, then to go into the shop for a tattoo with a migraine headache. The artist will also appreciate the fact that you decide not to come in when you have the flu.

If you have a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes, heart problems, etc" it would be wise for you to consult with your personal physician about your plans to get a tattoo. Don't risk your health.

Your Diet: Your stomach should be a 100%. Many first timers are under the false impression that if you don't eat, you won't have anything to throw up if you get sick. Unfortunately this does more harm than good. Eating prior to getting a tattoo re-energizes your body. It puts back nutrients your body has depleted and returns your blood-sugar level back to normal. Having something in your stomach also helps to calm your nerves.

Your Mental State: Don't come into the shop with mental baggage. Leave your work or home problems outside. Clear your head and just concentrate on the job at hand. If you are distracted or aggravated it can be picked up on by the artist and may have a negative effect on the outcome of your tattoo.

Look out for more tattoo related posts in the coming week...

1 comment:

  1. i have a design and i have plan it really well to where i want to put it..but!!!...well, seems things i wnat to do always end with a but and have to delete that idea..haiz...i just have to force myself to forget the whole issue or my family gonna be very dissapointed!!...hmmph...not fair!!

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