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What to Consider Before Getting Your First Tattoo

Interested in getting your tattoo, but not sure how much it will cost, what options are available, and how much it will hurt? Check out this helpful guide for tattoo newbies that will hopefully inspire you to take the plunge!


Shoulder Tattoo Design Ideas (Everything You Want to Know)

Here's a step-by-step guide for designing your shoulder tattoo. Explore all the possible meanings and placements (clavicle, scapula, shoulder cap), with healing tips and ideas for men and women.


What Does a Tattoo REALLY Say About You?

Attitudes about tattoos have changed dramatically in the last 20 years—and even more in the last ten. With input from researchers and social scientists, here's a look at how people really interpret tattoos.


Yes, a Finger Tattoo Will Fade (and Answers to All Your Questions About Finger Ink)

Find answers for all your questions about finger tattoos—pain, healing, fading, design options, and more.


The Real Pros and Cons of Face and Body Tattoos

A must-read for anyone thinking of getting—or about to get—a tattoo. Here's a list of all the positive and negative aspects of getting a tattoo. Plus, top tips.


How to Take Care of an Old Tattoo to Keep It Fresh and Bright

1 in 5 UK adults are tattooed, and while the internet is swimming with information on how to care for your new ink, there's much less available when it comes to keeping your tattoo looking fresh for longer.


DIY Tattoo-Brightening Exfoliator Scrub Recipes With Simple Ingredients

Keep your tattoos looking fresh and vibrant by using a DIY tattoo brightener and tattoo scrub. You don’t need to shell out excess cash for exfoliators made “exclusively for tattoos.” Here are some simple recipes using just three ingredients found right in your kitchen pantry.


How to Keep Your Tattoos Looking Fresh and Prevent Fading

While tattoos are permanent, the ink pigments can degrade to look dull and lifeless with time or improper care. Although fading is an inevitable process, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin can help your tattoo stay fresh. Learn more methods in this article.


The Story of My First Tattoo and My Advice to You

I have several tattoos, and here are some bits of advice and wisdom that I've collected about getting tattooed. Some of these are from personal experience, some are from others' experiences, and some come from the tattoo artists themselves.


9 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Got a Tattoo

Not that I regret it; it's just that there are things I know now that would have been very nice to have known ahead of time. Here is a list of the things I wish I'd thought about before getting a tattoo.


Everything You Need to Know Before Getting a Sleeve Tattoo

Planning a full, half, or quarter sleeve tattoo? This article will guide you through how to build a design, pick out a theme, and what to expect in terms of pain. For those wondering, how much does a sleeve tattoo cost? We'll answer that, too.


What to Know Before Getting Tattooed at a Tattoo Convention

If you're planning to get tattooed at a convention, it pays to be prepared. Here are seven things to expect, from prices to food, that I wish I knew beforehand.


Tattoo Copying: What's the Big Deal?

What's the difference between inspiration and duplication? In this article, we discuss the process of tattoo copying—what it is, how to avoid it, and why it should be stopped.


Bad Aftercare Advice: The Truth About Tattoo & Piercing Products

Some people give really bad tattoo and piercing aftercare advice. Let's discuss the strange and contradictory tips you've heard and discuss what really works. I'll talk about products like Savlon, Nivea, and sunblock lotion, and if they're good to use on tattoos.


Designing the Perfect Tattoo With Your Artist

The artist's goal for each tattoo is to give you your desired result. They can't do it alone! For the perfect tattoo, you have to first do your homework, then clearly communicate your idea. Here's how you do it.


How to Choose Your First Tattoo

After much thought, you have finally decided to get a tattoo. There are a plethora of ideas to pick from. I want you to love your first tattoo and have a great experience getting it, which is why I'm going to tell you how to choose your first tattoo.


How to Pick a Tattoo Artist

If you are looking for a tattoo artist in your area, start your search by asking around, visiting local shops, and connecting with artists via social media. Here's a list of things to consider when choosing the best artist for your next tattoo project.


5 Safety Questions to Ask Your Artist Before Getting a Tattoo

Before you get inked, it's never a bad idea to investigate your chosen artist's sanitation techniques and safety tools. This protects you and them, so don't hold back!


A Comprehensive Guide to Caring for Your New Tattoo

The healing process for anyone with a new tattoo can be confusing and nerve wracking, especially if it's your first. This is a guide to help you understand and deal with the tattoo healing process.


How to Deal With Scabbing on Your Tattoo

Is your new tattoo developing scabs? Need to know how to deal with them and avoid damaging your new tattoo? Then read this!


Answering Stupid Questions About Tattoos

Do you ever get asked stupid questions about your tattoos? Let's face it: people love to get up in your business when you have tats. In this article, I will answer some of the silliest yet most common questions I have been asked about my tattoos over the years.


Debunking Tattoo Stereotypes: Are Tattooed People Less Intelligent, Professional, Healthy, or Lawful?

Tattoos have been around for a very long time in many cultures. That hasn’t stopped people from developing stereotypes about people with tattoos and tattoo culture. Read on to learn about some of these stereotypes and why they're not true.


Tattoo Etiquette & Answers to Your Questions for Tattooed People

Answers to everyday questions asked to people who are tattooed. Tattoo etiquette explained for people getting a tattoo and what not to say to someone with a tattoo.


How Long Does It Take to Get a Tattoo?

Want to know how long it takes to get an awesome-looking tattoo? Here are all the things that influence the amount of time a tattoo might take (and how much it will cost). Read on!


40 Cool Tattoo Shop & Parlor Names

Having a tattoo shop name that is truly unique and stands out can mean the difference between a customer walking into your doors or passing you up for the next shop!


My New Tattoo Is Itchy—Can I Scratch It?

Are you just dying to scratch your new, itchy tattoo? Don't do it! Hold out a bit longer and make an informed scratch.


Tattoos Gone Wrong (and What to Do With a Bad Tattoo)

Did you get a bad tattoo? Tattoo gone wrong? What can you do about a lousy, embarrassing tattoo? Here's a list of tattooing mistakes to avoid and tips for getting a tattoo you'll love forever.


Should I Wrap My New Tattoo and For How Long?

When should you wrap a new tattoo and why? Make sure you wrap your tattoo the right way. Read on!


Reviews of the 5 Best Tattoo Aftercare Kits

Reviews of the best aftercare kits available to assist you through all the stages of your tattoo's healing and protection. Reviews and links.


I Just Got a New Tattoo—When Can I Go Swimming and Get It Wet?

Want to know if you can get your new tattoo wet? Read on to find out when you can start bathing, showering, soaking, or going swimming with a new tattoo... or just cleaning it.


Tattoo Aftercare: Tips and Tricks for People With Sensitive Skin

Once comfortable with the aftercare process, I adjusted the routine to fit my needs and the way my body heals. These may not work for everyone. When in doubt, follow aftercare instructions from your artist.


What to Do Before You Get a Tattoo

Preparing for your new tattoo will help reduce your discomfort and increase your healing speed, minimising potential damage to your new tattoo. Learn what you need to do before, during, and after.


Tattoo Aftercare Product Reviews (Ink Fixx, Tattoo Goo, and After Inked)

Get reviews of the top three aftercare lotions and find out what the best lotion is for you to help your new tattoo heal.


Sailor Eddie of Bonnie & Clyde's Tattoo, Philadelphia

Video and photos of Ed Denny, aka "Sailor Eddie," owner of Bonnie & Clyde's Tattoo of Philadelphia, PA. Sailor Eddie has over 42 years of experience in the field of tattoo art.


Is Scabbing Normal on My New Tattoo?

Is your new tattoo developing scabs? Read this article to learn more about how to deal with scabbing and avoid damaging your new tattoo.


How Much Will My Tattoo Cost?

Find out how much getting a tattoo can cost. Know what determines the average price of a tattoo.


How to Find a Tattoo Artist and Get a Good Tattoo

Not all tattoo artists can do amazing work. Learn how to tell a good artist from a not-so-good one and how to get a great tattoo.


Is My New Tattoo Infected? What Should I Do About It?

Your new tattoo doesn't feel or look right and you're concerned you may have an infection. Learn the symptoms of an infected tattoo and find out how to deal with it.


My New Tattoo Is Swollen, Red and Bruised—Is This Normal?

Are you experiencing swelling and bruising of your new tattoo? Are you concerned that it's not healing correctly? Read this article for information on the body's healing process with your new tattoo.


Getting Your First Tattoo? Read This!

If you’ve finally decided to join in and become one of the inked, here’s some advice to make sure you do it right from the beginning. This article includes tips for preparation, the tattoo itself, and aftercare. `


How to Stop Tattoo Pain: Numbing Cream and Dr. Numb

Learn what a numbing cream does, how it works, when to use it, and which brand to choose.


Does It Hurt to Get a Tattoo? How Do I Stop the Pain of a New Tattoo?

Find out how much a new tattoo will hurt and learn what you can do to reduce the pain after getting one.


How to Design a Painterly Tattoo of a Famous Painting

Painterly tattoos mix two art forms: tattooing and painting. Choose a favorite work of art and get started.


Why Older People Should Get a Tattoo

Are you considering a tattoo for yourself? Here are a few reasons why a tattoo can be a great idea for older people.


10 Things to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo

There are plenty of things that go through your mind when considering a tattoo, but sometimes the first things that go through your mind are not the most important.


Can You Get a Tattoo If You Have Psoriasis?

Psoriasis sufferers are already self-conscious about their inflamed red skin patches, but how tattoo artists really feel about putting their needles into these affected areas may surprise you.


How to Take Care of a Tattoo

You finally got a tattoo! Now what? How do you keep it looking awesome? Easy, just follow these simple tips to help your tattoo heal. Here's how to care for it in the first 24 hours and keep it in tip-top shape for the weeks, months, and years to come.


The Ten Commandments of Tattooing Without Regret

Thinking of getting a tattoo? Awesome! But be sure not to make a mistake you will regret. Here are ten pearls of wisdom that will have you saying "hell yes!" instead of "what the hell?"


Simple Tattoo Aftercare Instructions for Optimum Results

Tattoo aftercare instructions to ensure no colour loss. Protect your tattoo throughout its healing with an everyday household item!


Should Tattoos Be Allowed at Work?

Should employers allow tattoos to be shown at work? Is there any harm in showing your tattoos? I discuss both sides, but I still hope that I can bare my ink at work one day!