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#1 little lion

Posted 15 February 2020 - 04:01 PM

I’d like to know what to consider when planning a first tattoo. It’d be nice to have people to talk through ideas with. Is there a tattoo thread here?

#2 Velocinag

Posted 15 February 2020 - 04:05 PM

I got my first tattoo last year. I’d been thinking about it for 15 years so I knew exactly what I wanted and where I wanted it!
Look at lots of different tattoo artists. They all have different styles!
Now I have one I can’t wait to get my next one!

#3 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 15 February 2020 - 04:07 PM

I can’t say I planned it. I went in with a friend to see what she was getting and I decided I wanted one too and here we are. I do love my tatt though, so I am pleased I got it :)

I am planning my next one.

I guess the big thing is to check out reviews of the artist. Find someone you are comfortable with. Have a rough a rough idea of what you want and get them to draw up the design.

Getting the tatt didn’t hurt at all really, just a slightly uncomfortable feeling. The itchiness when healing was probably worse than getting the tatt itself.

Edited by ~Jolly_F~, 15 February 2020 - 04:08 PM.

#4 Mrs Claus

Posted 15 February 2020 - 05:02 PM

You can’t stop at one...it’s an addiction. Don’t get the first unless you are prepared to get more

#5 wilding

Posted 15 February 2020 - 05:11 PM

I have several. There was a 16 year gap between my last 2 though. 6 done by the same artist in NZ and my last done by an artist in Brisbane.

I've shared this link with others who have thought about getting inked

Edited by wilding, 15 February 2020 - 05:35 PM.

#6 little lion

Posted 15 February 2020 - 08:55 PM

Thanks for the comments so far. That was a good read, wilding.

#7 wilding

Posted 16 February 2020 - 11:05 AM

No worries :) I got my first 2 done 20 years ago at 18, so it's something I have been into for many years now.

#8 SeaPrincess

Posted 16 February 2020 - 11:23 AM

If you’re in WA, I can recommend someone.

#9 tassiekiwi

Posted 16 February 2020 - 12:05 PM

My first tattoo (last year) was something that meant something to me and my family. The next will probably be just a design I like. DH got one at the same time, we knew the artist from high school. It was a lot less painful than I expected, I was accused of napping while I was getting mine done and DH and the artist chatted away.
I would highly recommend our guy, but he is booked solid for the next few months.

#10 IamOzgirl

Posted 16 February 2020 - 12:17 PM

I had always wanted a snowflake. But never pulled the trigger.

I wanted something to honor my son. I wanted subtle and put it on my wrist so I could cover it with my watch.

I ended up getting a white ink tatto, which I love. But I'm devo I have to cover it when I wear my watch!!! LOL

#11 Twinkie12

Posted 16 February 2020 - 01:02 PM

If you are in Victoria, I can recommend a couple who work out of an all women studio!

#12 little lion

Posted 16 February 2020 - 01:27 PM

View PostSeaPrincess, on 16 February 2020 - 11:23 AM, said:

If you’re in WA, I can recommend someone.

I’m in Brisbane so happy to receive recommendations around this area.

#13 little lion

Posted 16 February 2020 - 01:34 PM

View PostMrs Claus, on 15 February 2020 - 05:02 PM, said:

You can’t stop at one...it’s an addiction. Don’t get the first unless you are prepared to get more

I have two in mind. One small and one medium. Not sure whether to start small first?

#14 wilding

Posted 16 February 2020 - 01:40 PM

View Postlittle lion, on 16 February 2020 - 01:34 PM, said:

I have two in mind. One small and one medium. Not sure whether to start small first?

I went large with my first in between my shoulder blades :rofl:
Sent you a pm btw of who I used in Brisbane if it's any help.

#15 literally nobody

Posted 17 February 2020 - 01:12 PM

Im interested too in Brisbane if anyone can PM me. :)

So can anyone tell me what’s the aftercare routine after getting a tattoo, the do’s and don’ts?

#16 Zeppelina

Posted 17 February 2020 - 02:16 PM

 literally nobody, on 17 February 2020 - 01:12 PM, said:

So can anyone tell me what’s the aftercare routine after getting a tattoo, the do’s and don’ts?
Basically do whatever the tattooist tells you! They all have slightly different aftercare routines. In general, leave the clear film on for however long they tell you to (one of my tatooists said 1 day, the other said 3 days), and then moisturise daily (one tattooist said once was enough, the other said 2 or 3 times) with a very basic cream for about a week or so. Don't go out in the sun for a few weeks, don't go in chlorinated water for a few weeks.

#17 Zeppelina

Posted 17 February 2020 - 02:18 PM

 little lion, on 16 February 2020 - 01:34 PM, said:

I have two in mind. One small and one medium. Not sure whether to start small first?
I started medium (arm), and it was far less painful than the small one I got second (wrist). Both of them were more painful than the large one I got third (shoulder-blade)! (I hope that makes sense.) It really depends on placement more than size. What part of your body are you planning to get them on, OP?

Edited by Zeppelina, 17 February 2020 - 02:18 PM.

#18 little lion

Posted 17 February 2020 - 06:49 PM

Thanks. I’m considering thigh (front, quad, medium) and foot (small). I do like the idea of spine but I’d rather be able to see it myself — at least for the first one.

And that’s helpful info about staying out of the pool for a while.

#19 DragonsGrace

Posted 18 February 2020 - 07:58 PM

Depending on the total size of them, perhaps ask if the artist would do them at the same time. There is a base rate that it costs regardless of how small it is (to cover things like the needles, ink cups etc) so if the foot one is very small it would be more cost effective to get them done at the same time. I have 2 smaller ones that are both on the opposite side of the same foot so I did them together for a cost of $150 (ish) instead of 2 lots of $150 (my artists base rate)

Edited by DragonsGrace, 18 February 2020 - 07:59 PM.

#20 little lion

Posted 18 February 2020 - 10:14 PM

Oh that’s clever. I wouldn’t have thought of that.

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