5 Things to Know Before Getting Your First Tattoo

Body art no longer holds that “taboo” stereotype that it did way back when. Did you know that, as of now, approximately 40% of millennials have a tattoo? Yes, you read that right. At this point, it’s actually more common to have or consider having a tattoo than to not, as a millennial or Gen Z-er.

However, these generations still make up a small portion of the population. The world has yet to do a complete 180. Regardless, tattoos are still an excellent way to show self-expression, and, here at Synastry, we encourage people to not let society pigeonhole their style.

But there are a few things to keep in mind before taking that plunge.

1.Consider placement if you want a white-collar job.

It’s true that tattoos are considered less taboo in the modern age. Forty years ago, it would have been out of the ordinary to see people with full sleeves walking around the grocery store. Now, they are incredibly common, and people of all different classes and careers now confidently express themselves through body art.

That being said, there are some industries that are still old-fashioned when it comes to tattoos. If you want to join a white-collar workforce, heavily consider the placement of your tattoo before scheduling an appointment.

Can it be easily covered in professional and/or business casual wear?

2. It won’t be cheap. Don’t chase cheap.

Tattoos are art and sometimes require hours of labor to complete. These things take time. Therefore, these things cost money. Don’t penny pinch and sacrifice the quality of your tattoo just to save some extra cash. Save up some money and get a good artist. If all goes well, this tattoo will be on your body for the rest of your life. It’s worth the extra money.

Side note: don’t turn your nose up at tattoo artists that charge more than you expect. Again, they are artists and they deserve to be accurately compensated for their work.

3. Get what you want… not what you other people want.

Your tattoo is going on your body and no one else’s. Don’t let someone convince you to get a completely different tattoo because “it will look cooler”. Body art is a form of self-expression and, regardless of whether or not all of your tattoos have an incredibly significant meaning, you should still like them.

If someone hates your tattoo idea, so what? Tell them to get their own.

That being said, trust your tattoo artist if they have feedback on your desired design. If it is too small or won’t age well, they will know. It’s their job.

4. Don’t copy and paste. Don’t copy and paste.

Seriously. Don’t. It’s fine, and in most cases helpful, to have pictures ready to illustrate an idea for your design. After that, you and the artist should work together to construct something unique.

Don’t copy and paste a “cute tattoo” that you saw on Pinterest, especially without asking for the original person’s permissions. Tattoos are personal pieces, and doing so diminishes the authenticity and uniqueness of your future piece.

5. It’s going to hurt. Not as much as you think.

Of course, a tattoo is going to hurt: you’re adding pigments to your skin after all. But different tattoos have different pain levels depending on a variety of factors, including color and placement. Know what you’re getting into beforehand, and don’t expect the worse. People really do, more often than not, overhype the level of pain.

Think of it like a tiny bee sting, but instead of an annoying bump, you get a beautiful design that becomes a part of you.


Have any other tips for people considering their first tattoos? Let us know in the comments below!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. tom says:

    Hopefully the trend has peaked


  2. Here’s another tip I found interesting: when you get a tattoo, the artists typically don’t like having a “crowd.” So if you bring someone with you make sure you ask if it’s alright with the artist, as a courtesy! Great post!


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