I don’t know about you, but I vividly remember having to write exams at school and on the title page of the questions sheet stood- “think before you ink.” This was obviously some smart-arse teaching thinking their unoriginal attempt at giving advice would help us pass, when in relative circles the answers to the questions would have been much appreciated.
However in the latter part of my years I find that this quote has become somewhat useful when considering my tattoo fetish.
I think it a clever piece of advice especially for tattoo novices to actually think about what they want tattooed and where as opposed to just going into a shop and getting it done on a whim.
Once you have an idea of what you want sit on it for a while, if you have the image put it up somewhere visible and remember that what goes on your body is there until the day they tip you six feet under, unless you have the money and pain to have it replaced with a scare after laser surgery.
There is no time frame to think about these things but personally I like to keep an idea for around a year before I actually get it done. This gives me ample time to think about why I am getting the tattoo, exactly what I want it to be, and where to put it.
I consider all the pros and cons of the image and placement, because the dead honest truth is that in 10 years you might regret it, or when you have been to the seventh interview you begin to question whether the huge spider tattoo on your neck was such a good idea.
Point is being human we change our mind all the time, our likes and dislikes change over time as we learn and we see more and understand more of our world.
So in order to not regret a tattoo or the placement thereof I suggest you take your time before getting the piece done.
Trust me, this is a wise move.