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52 Stars To Help Others Make Better Tattoo Decisions
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Tattoos are an art form that help people achieve true self
expression. But for every positive tattoo story, it never
fails that there are an equal number of tattoo horror
stories. To make your tattoo experience one that you can be
proud of for a lifetime, please read this article to make
sure that you will take all considerations to heart, before
you sit down in the tattoo artist's chair.
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52 Stars To Help Others Make Better Tattoo Decisions
Copyright (c) 2009 Eileen Howerton
Tattoos are an art form that has always been accompanied by
controversy. In fact, for many years tattoo parlors have been
outlawed in certain states of the United States. Just recently,
Oklahoma finally relented and removed their laws prohibiting
tattoo parlors in the State of Oklahoma - the last state in the
Union to do so.
There are several considerations when one ponders the pros and
cons of taking such a permanent step towards changing one's own
The first, and possibly foremost, point to address seriously is
simply the permanency of the final result. Is this art work
something you are willing to carry with you through the remainder
of your life? Is the location of the tattoo you are considering
ever going to be embarrassing, or is it going to be a problem for
you when you are seventy years old, with your grand kids on your
lap asking the kinds of questions only a child could ask?
Just think about the elderly people you see at the beach with
faded tattoos in odd places... Sometimes you just have to wonder
how they decided on that tattoo.
Consider the kinds of questions people will ask when you are
explaining why you have 52 stars on your face! (See the story of
Kimberly Vlaminck at the Tattoo Trouble website at:
Think about that for a while before you
Another point to seriously consider is simply the talent of the
tattoo artist you are considering to tattoo your body. Tattoo
artists are not equally skilled - some are miracle workers, while
with others, it should be considered a miracle that they even
have a job.
A tattoo is only as good as the finished product, and in some
ways, the finished product can be affected by every ink line from
the beginning of the process to the end.
Do you want a customized, completely original tattoo, or are you
willing to go with a choice from a tattoo design notebook?
Go to a public place, where lots of people congregate, and do
some people watching. You will see a wide variety of quality
levels of the ink work itself.
If you are going to go ahead and get a tattoo, you should want it
to be done well.
While you are people watching, take notice of the tattoos you
like the best and try to talk to the people sporting them. See if
you can find out which artist they used and talk to that artist
about his prices, styles, options, schedule, and check out the
cleanliness of his studio.
Aside from the talent of the artist you choose, your own health
should always be a major consideration. Bad needles or poor
procedures can leave you ill, or scarred, for the remainder of
Obviously, the actual tattoo is important. You will want it to
demonstrate a very personal statement reflecting your
personality, lifestyle, or beliefs. A tattoo should always be
considered to be a customized piece of artwork that will always
fit who you are, so that when people ask you about it, you will
always feel comfortable with your explanation.
Cost will be a factor. Shop around. You'll want to find the best
tattoo artist you can find, for the amount of money you can
afford to spend. If you can't afford a good artist, you probably
should wait until you can afford the better tattoo artist. There
is too much at stake to take chances. Your tattoo will most
always be a permanent addition to your body, so it is always in
your best interest to make sure that you are not letting an
amateur tattoo artist ink your skin. (For example, those jail
tattoos never work out so well.)
Before you take the final step, realize that it will be extremely
difficult to undo your tattoo - not impossible mind you, but
difficult. It is possible to remove a tattoo, but it probably
cannot be completely eradicated. (For evidence of the difficulty
in completely removing a tattoo using laser tattoo removal
treatments, check out Angelina Jolies' "cover-up tattoo" over
her "laser-removed tattoo" on the Tattoo Trouble website at:
Many tattoo removal procedures, such as the laser-tattoo removal
that Angelina Jolie did, may fail to totally remove the tattoo
and may even leave scars or discoloration, where the tattoo
As you can see, a tattoo should never be a spur-of-the moment
decision. Even though it could be extremely exciting to take this
step on a whim, most people who do it with little thought or
consideration for the consequences probably regret the tattoo at
some point in their lives. Like Kimberly, some people will regret
their tattoo in just a couple hours, rather than a few years down
I am not saying that you should not get a tattoo - even I have
tattoos. What I am saying though is that you should consider
carefully the tattoo that you choose and where you choose to get
it done. Just be careful out there... And think about your
decision before you act on that decision.
Eileen Howerton is a full-time, freelance writer. If you have a
tattoo you would like to get removed, you can spend thousands on
laser tattoo removal treatments, OR you can explore the Nuviderm
Home Tattoo Removal System, which can remove your tattoo without
emptying your wallet. Visit http://nuviderm.com/
today to learn
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