Should you get tattooed on vacation?
What you do with or to your body should be your own problem and decision. However, there are some choices that could be bad for you you – either health wise or safety wise, maybe both. Getting a tattoo while on a trip may sound like a good idea, but you should do a bit of research beforehand to make sure what you’re getting into.
A tattoo will generally be an unforgettable experience during a trip, but it can be either a bad or a good one. There are many people who regret getting inked and an equal number that couldn’t be more happy with their choice. If you don’t want to belong in the former group, make sure you follow some safety tips.
For starters, if the parlor is outdoor, setup for some event, you better skip the occasion, or get one that washes off. You don’t want to get infected with something. You know you’ll be happier with the design if a local does it for you -preferably one who speaks a language you understand. No matter the studio you go to, ensure new wrapped needles are used as well as sanitized tools – remember the infection above?
Some people simply cannot commit to something long term. If you’re known to change your mind often, you might feel the same about your new body art, sometime in the future. Also, if you’re not 100% sure about the design – you better wait for the next trip. What’s more, tattoos are not cheap so if you travel on a budget, you better forget about it. If the price is too low, you’re better off with skipping this adventure, again. If the artist doesn’t seem to pay attention to you when you go in and he’s free, or doesn’t answer all your questions, you better forget about it.
When it comes to tattoos, we can generally see 2 types of people: those who like images and symbols, and those who like quotes. Of course, at times the symbols can turn into quotes, if the tattoo is in Chinese for instance. Oh, getting a tattoo in a different language, or even script sounds like the best idea ever? Hold your horses, not so fast! Are you sure of what those words are saying? Are you sure the artist knows how to correctly write that? Is the artist comfortable enough to write it? It is easy to have some gibberish or silly things written on you forever, if you didn’t answer “absolutely yes” to all these questions.
There are some other issues you must consider, such as personal health history and problems. For instance, doctors advise against getting a permanent tattoo if you suffer from diabetes, or have blood circulation issues. Additionally, if you had some alcohol it is best to postpone the procedure. If you’re scared of needles, you might want to skip this type of souvenir, or you could look the other way.
As you can see there are many things to consider before you get a tattoo. And most of these things you should consider back home as well.