Happy Wednesday Dolls!!!!
We are FINALLY back with more fast tips for you! I just want to apologize for the delay in posts. Between planning a wedding and working, it has been hard to find the inspiration for our posts. But I promise you, I will be more on top of it from here on out!
This week’s post is for all of you rockabilly/retro lovers who DO NOT currently have any ink on you! Many men and women who find themselves entering this scene, will undoubtedly start seeing many individuals around them with multiple tattoos. Tattoos and rockabilly have a long standing history, which you can read about in our previous post.
Trust me, once you are around people with ink, you begin to want a tattoo yourself. So here are some tips to help you make this choice a little bit easier!
1.Think About It!
OK, this seems simple enough, but there are a few things you need to ask yourself: what do I want this to represent? This is permanent. You are getting this because you want to show the world something about who you are. So how are you choosing to symbolize that? A friend of mine once told me, “Draw your concept or phrase and tape it to a place you look everyday. If you can stand seeing it for 2 months straight, you know that you will not get tired of looking at it on your body.” This goes for placement of the tattoo. Many business are not open to visible tattoos, so is your ink going to be in a place that may lead to you not getting a job? You want to place it so that you can cover it if necessary.
Another thing is this, although some people may say they have a few tattoos they just got because they felt the need to get inked, these rarely end up being tattoos you LOVE. You don’t want to settle for some design out of a book. Make this a mark that means something to you.
2. Know Your Artist
Your best friend is in training to become a tattoo artist? Great, let them practice on someone else! When you finally have decided what you want to enshrine on your body do your research on local tattoo artists. Ask your friends about their tattoos. Look at the work that has been done. Are the lines clean and straight? Does the memorial picture really look like their dead grandma? Don’t be scared to pass on using an artist who’s work you aren’t impressed with seeing on a friend. The other thing is meet with this person once before sitting in their chair. You don’t want to go into this cold. I am not saying ask the person out for a beer, but go in and ask for a consultation. Tell them what you are thinking about. Show them the picture and really get a feel for them. Just because your friends or yelp like this person, they may not be a good fit for you. The artist will also tell you whether or not they can do the design you are asking for. You want someone who is going to be confident they can give you what you want. This also gives you a chance to see the place you will be getting your tattoo in. You want to be in a clean and sterile environment. The artists working should all have clean stations and be sanitizing their equipment.
3. Prepare for the Pain and Aftercare
No matter where you are getting your tattoo, it is going to hurt. Some people may have a higher pain tolerance than you, so just because your friend said when they tattooed their upper back it hurt the least out of all their other tattoos doesn’t mean it will be the same for you. Again, a friend of mine told me this, “If you have survived childbirth pains, this is bearable, but still no walk in the park.” I think of that every time I am thinking about getting ink. Can I handle that level of pain? Am I ready for it?
The other think you have to think about is the aftercare of your tattoo. This is now an open wound on your body. You are going to need to make sure to keep it clean and dry so that you are not getting it infected. There would be nothing worse than spending all that money and time to then get your tattoo infect. Listen to everything your artist tells you to do. Some of the most basic things are using UNSCENTED soap and lotion to treat your tattoo, as well as making sure that you are not picking at the scabbing, or putting sunscreen on your tattoo after when you know you will be outdoors for long periods of time.
These are just 3 basic steps we suggest to all of you who are thinking about taking the leap and getting your first tattoo. If you have a tattoo(s), please leave us a comment with any additional tips you can think of sharing with our fans.
Your Vintage Revolution Team at JBR Clothing