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First Timers – What to Expect When Getting Tattooed with Tattoo Equipment


The world of the tattoo industry can be a menacing and ominous, frightening one for people who have never gone under the gun and gotten a tattoo before. It’s naturally intimidating to ponder the notion of having ink forcefully injected into your skin using a rigid needle during a lengthy process. All of the while, you are in a tattoo parlor that’s open to the public, and there is not really room for being fearful or subjective to the pain that you will assuredly feel. Yet countless people get tattoos every day in the U.S. A recent poll conducted by PEW found that more than 40 percent of adults between the ages of 18 to 30 have at least one or more tattoos. If you have ever wondered what to expect when getting one, here’s a quick breakdown of the process.

The Sounds: Some tattoo artists are now shifting to non-coil tattoo equipment for their gun because it does not make that that annoying and unbearable buzzing noise that the coil guns traditionally emanate. For clients, a common complaint is the noise, which can make you a bit nauseous after the fact. Expect some buzzing and other sounds when getting your tattoo so there are no surprises.

The Smells: The tattoo parlor is going to mostly smell like sanitizer. Now some places will smell different depending upon what spray sanitizer is being used. After each client is serviced, all tattoo equipment must be thoroughly sanitized. Expect a different smell when entering a shop, which is natural for a clean shop.

First Timers – What to Expect When Getting Tattooed with Tattoo Equipment

The Process: There is a distinct process that’s used for administering tattoos. After you select your design, a thermal print will be created and affixed to the region of the body that you are getting work performed on. The artist will set up their tattoo equipment with all of the necessary parts and dip the gun in ink and start working on your skin. They may or may not shave the region before tattooing it. Sensitive areas can be painful and can result in involuntary muscle reactions. Half of the process will require that you just grin and bear it. Healing time takes about seven to ten days and requires proper aftercare to avoid infection.

The Artist
Think of your tattoo artist like the auto mechanic, only they use their tattoo equipment for your skin instead. You’ll want to have a good relationship with them and an agreement on price before getting started. Always take your time when searching for the perfect artist. Consider aspects other than cost, such as cleanliness of the shop, customer service, and most importantly: portfolio and talent. Don’t forget that a quality tattoo will cost you some serious bucks, but is well worth the expenditures in the end.

First Timers – What to Expect When Getting Tattooed with Tattoo Equipment
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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