My name is Dawn Hankman and I love tattoos! In fact, between me and my family, we have a couple of dozen of them. So, I figured I would share some of the things I’ve learned along the way about getting inked. From choosing the right tattoo artist to taking care of your new tattoo, I’ve got you covered!
As you all know, Tattoos were not always as socially acceptable as they are now. Not too long ago they were considered to be taboo. But, times have changed and now they are more popular than ever!
Getting a tattoo is a very personal decision and should not be taken lightly. But, if you’ve decided that you’re ready for the commitment, then I say go for it!
There are a few things you should keep in mind when getting a tattoo, such as Choosing the right tattoo artist, Placement, Size, and Aftercare. When it comes to family tattoos we have a few rules, such as no white ink or black light tattoos. These are just a few things to keep in mind when getting inked!
Family tattoos are not as simple as it sounds, In a good way and a bad way. On the good side, you have an instant connection with the person or people you got the tattoo. It’s like you share a secret, something that only the two of you know about. It’s a bond that is unbreakable. On the downside, it can be hard to explain to people why you got a tattoo of your mother’s name on your arm. But, at the end of the day, it’s your body and you can do whatever you want with it!
The thing you need to remember most about tattoos is that they are permanent. So, before you go and get one, make sure you are 100% sure about it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people regret their decision to get a tattoo.
When I got my first family tattoo, I was 18 years old. I was young and impulsive and I didn’t think about the consequences. I remember how my mother looked at me when I showed her the tattoo. She was disappointed, but she didn’t say anything. I think she knew that I had to learn this lesson on my own. BTW, it’s a tattoo of a rose on my left shoulder, with my mom’s nickname. It’s not that I regret it, but I do wish I had waited a few years before getting it.
Now that I am older and wiser, I would never get a tattoo on a whim. I think about it for weeks, even months before making a decision. I also make sure that I am getting it for the right reasons. For example, when I got tattooed with my son’s name, I wanted to make sure that it was something I would never regret. So I made sure it was placed in a spot where I could cover it up if I ever changed my mind. I eliminated lots of sketches until I found the perfect one. And I am so glad I did!
I know that some people say that tattoos are addictive, and I can see how that could be true. But for me, it’s not about the act of getting tattooed, it’s about the meaning behind the tattoo. Each one of my tattoos has a special meaning to me and I am grateful to have them on my body.
Now, I have a few tattoos that I regret, but I also have a few that I am absolutely in love with. The thing about tattoos is that they are a permanent reminder of a moment in time. So, even though I may not love all of my tattoos, I love the stories that they tell about my life.
If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, I say go for it! Just remember to do your research and make sure you are getting it for the right reasons. And most importantly, don’t forget to take care of your new tattoo! Thanks for reading!