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Are Tattoos Safe?

Yes, as long as you go to a reputable artist that is following all recommended safety precautions. Here at Golden Needle Tattoo we pride ourselves on hygiene while delivering you the best quality service.

Does it Hurt?

Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance to pain.

I’m not going to kid you though – it does hurt. Just not that much. Some have compared it to a “hot scratching feeling”. But people would not be returning again and again for tattoos if it was that bad! Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little discomfort.

How much is it going to cost?

When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will ink you cheaply,but you’ll be crying to a real artist to have it covered up.

Look for quality and be willing to pay for it. NEVER haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist.

If you can’t pay for quality, don’t bother.

This is not a bargain bin. It is a piece of art you will wear for life.

What should I get? And where?

This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever you want and whatever your artist is willing to do.

You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have them create a custom piece just for you.

Is it OK to get a tattoo if I'm sick?

Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn’t at 100% isn’t a good idea.

You’re going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo. Something your body won’t be able to do if it’s already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it’s very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist.

If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you’re feeling well again.

I’ve heard that tattoos don’t look so good once you start to age. Is that true? Are there any places where you should avoid getting a tattoo?

It’s true that skin and flesh may sag in some places as you age, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your tattoo will look bad.

Just use your common sense. You know roughly where skin tends to sag as you get older, so don’t get a large tattoo in those areas. A small one is usually okay, though, and there are several places where you can get a tattoo that won’t change substantially over the years – such as your ankle, shoulder or upper arm.

These are the most popular tattoo locations at any rate. Keep in mind that any tattoo may fade over time though, and you may need to get it re-inked. Colors tend to fade faster than black.

What can I do if I’m dissatisfied with a tattoo?

Unfortunately, your options are limited. Depending on the tattoo design, it’s possible that it can be added to and that might make the appearance of the tattoo more to your liking. Or you can look at tattoo removal methods – they are rather costly, but the results tend to be much better than they used to be.

The key, however, is to make sure that you’re getting the tattoo you want before the inking process actually starts.

That’s why the tattoo artist will apply an inked stencil to the surface of your skin before he starts tattooing – you’ll get to see what the tattoo will look like and to adjust the positioning of it if you need to. The artist will then use the stencil lines as a guide.

Can I give myself a tattoo at home, or have my friend give me one?

Technically it may be possible, but certainly not advisable. You should have your tattoos professionally done – otherwise you’re just asking for trouble in the form of an infection or slower healing time.

Do-it-yourself tattoos hurt a lot more and they seldom turn out as well as professional tattoos. All in all, it’s definitely not worth it!

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