4 Ways to Not Regret Your Tattoo Choice

4 Ways to Not Regret Your Tattoo Choice
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    Tattoos have been prevalent in human culture for as long as we've been able to stab colored substances into our skin.

    Used by different cultures to show strength or adulthood, permanently marking oneself has been a rite of passage for a very long time.


Today, we decorate ourselves for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, some of those reasons leave us with regrets about our ink choices. Tattoos may be removed, but the process can be expensive and painful.

Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your next tattoo is one that you love instead of one you regret.

1. Shop the Artist, Not the Price

As with most things in life, you’ll definitely end up getting what you pay for when it comes to tattoos. If someone is willing to give you a tattoo for $40, it’s likely not going to be very good.

Established artists know what their work is worth and will charge accordingly. You want to pay for high-quality work, not just someone who’s going to slap some ink on your skin and call it a day.

Any decent tattoo artist is going to charge you at least $100 for a smaller piece. If you aren’t ready to pay that kind of money, wait until you are. It will definitely be worth it.

2. Do Not Get a Tattoo on a Whim

This is probably the number one reason people end up with tattoos that they end up regretting. You don’t want to just run into a tattoo shop one day with no idea about what you want.

Take the time to do your research before you walk into a shop. This may mean that you have to make more than one visit to your tattoo artist to talk about design, colors, etc.

If you can’t commit to more than one appointment, however, maybe you should reconsider getting a tattoo at all. A tattoo is a commitment for the rest of your life.

3. Pick Something Personal

When deciding what you want for your tattoo, pick something that is personal to you that isn’t likely to change. A good choice might be symbols that represent your core values. The Greek symbol of strength, for example, might be appropriate for someone who sees that as representing their personal values.

Astrological signs are another popular choice because it represents the position of the stars when you were born. That’s not something that’s going to change in your lifetime. If you were born a Capricorn, you will always be a Capricon.

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4. Use Names Sparingly

We’ve all heard those stories where someone went out and got a tattoo of their sweetheart’s name, only to despise the tattoo when they were no longer together. Do not be this person.

If you don’t want to get something like the actual Greek symbol of strength, that’s okay. However, you want to shy away from using people’s names unless they are your children or a deceased loved one you are paying tribute to. While your relationship with that person may not last forever, you can be sure that the tattoo of their name will – at least unless you get it covered up or removed.

Tattoos are a great way to add decoration to your body and should be picked out thoughtfully. If you take your time and do your research before getting your skin inked, you will be much less likely to end up with a tattoo you regret. Be prepared to pay someone good money for their time and effort. For something that’s going to be on you forever, it’s worth it.

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