Permanent Ink

14 Apr

Getting “inked” is a life-long decision. Granted, there are lasers that burn off any mistakes, but who wants to go through the pain? I have six… for now. Each one is in a spot that can be hidden or seen depending how risqué I’m feeling. I’m thinking about getting another. Tattoos are addicting. It’s like creating a masterpiece and watching it grow. Each one means something to me personally. Lucky for me I haven’t had a drunken night to wake up with Tweety permanently placed on my shoulder. If you are planning on getting your first tattoo there are some things you should know.

Before you decide to put artwork on your body, think about exactly what it is that you want. Have someone draw it up or do it yourself, don’t rely on the artwork in the shops. Do not drink or go in hungover. You will bleed terribly, and it will be a lot more painful. I learned that lesson the hard way. Think about where you want it. The most painful areas are your ribs and feet. Basically any area that is mostly bone is going to hurt worse than a softer area. Ladies if you choose your stomach, be prepared that it will stretch if you have kids.

If you are going to get a quote or name, double-check the spelling. If you are going to do it in a different language, ask someone that speaks it to double-check it. You wouldn’t want to end up with something offensive or different from what you thought. Really think hard if you want someone’s name like your boyfriend/girlfriend. You don’t want “Bob” and end up dating a “Bill.” After care is extremely important so buy non scented lotion. The best one is Lubriderm. Some shops offer a special ointment, which works well too. Stay out of the sun for a while and don’t pick at it! It will scab over and itch, but picking at it can damage your new art. Shop around and stick to a simpler tattoo for your first time. You need to determine your pain tolerance before deciding on a whole sleeve. You can always add to it another time.

As for where to go, if you don’t live in Las Vegas, ask around. If you see some nice work, people have no problem sharing who did it. If you are in Las Vegas, I have personally gotten some of my work done at Bad Apple Tattoo. They do an awesome job. My last one I got done was at Studio 21, which turned out great and the one in my profile picture, but a little higher priced than what I have paid before. I have friends that have gotten inked at Living Dead Tattoo, Pussykat Tattoo Parlor and Precious Sluts, and all were very satisfied.

The X107.5 FM Las Vegas Ink’d Expo is Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24 at the Las Vegas Hilton Convention Center. It is a great opportunity to talk to local tattoo artists and get an idea on what you are looking for. It also allows you to bid out prices. It is open to the public for $10 per day or a 3 day pass is $25. Tattoo artists from all over the world will be there and you can get inked at the event. They will have piercing available and same rules apply when getting pierced. Diablo’s Cantina will be hosting the official after-party with drink specials and live music all three nights.

Wherever you decide, just think long and hard if you want to do it for sure. It wouldn’t be a good idea to stop in the middle of it because you can’t take the pain or chicken out. Forever is a long time so make sure it means something to you even when you’re an elder.

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