So you just turned 18 and you're now legally allowed to get tattooed in QLD. Welcome to the club. This club was once a very elite club but now due to social media and tattoo popularity, it's not as glamorous as it once was. It's becoming more like Woolies, take a number, join the queue.
Anyhoo, I digress.
Getting a tattoo is a lifelong commitment. If you go into it with the opinion that "If I get sick of it, I'll just laser it off later on" or "Ah it'll be right, I can just cover it up" then you're not ready to get this tattoo. A tattoo is a piece of art that you carry with you for the rest of your life. A piece of art that you are proud to wear on your skin. If you want a less permanent tattoo go to Dreamworld.
So when it comes to your first tattoo, your second, your tenth, it all begins with an idea. So many times we have people coming in asking us to tell them what they should get tattooed. Now, depending on what day you come into this shop and who you talk to, you're going to get all kinds of answers. One Tattooist here likes skulls, another like Japanese and there's a couple of crazy cat people who would love to put a nice kitty cat on every person they see. Fact of the matter is, if you don't know what you want then neither do we. So, start with an idea and go from there. What things do you like? Find 5-10 pictures of those things.
Now you're off to a good start.
For all the women out there wanting an infinity symbol with your kids name on it, you're not alone and you're not unique. The big sob story you come in and tell is the same story every other Mum tells us when she walks in. Infinity's are the tribal of this generation. Google 90's tattoos, tell me if you think those tattoos are still rad today. What do ya reckon? Tribal tramp stamp anyone? If you want a tattoo that reminds you of your kids, get some nice flowers, a cute version of their favourite toy, anything besides an infinity. Get something unique to your family. Again, find some images that remind you of your offspring and go from there.
So now, you've got an idea of what you're after. Step one complete. Bravo.
Now you need to research again, this time to find an Artist that you like. All of these steps are super important. If you just copy and paste your message "Hi can I get a price on this (attach photo)" and send it to every shop in your local area then you got it all wrong. You're more interested in price than in quality. Every Tattoo Shop know what you're doing. If price is the deciding factor for you, 9 times out of 10 things aren't going to work out well for you. If you are honestly 100% wanting to get tattooed, use your legs and walk into a shop and have a human to human conversation with an Artist. Sailor Jerry wasn't telling you bullshit lies when he said cheap tattoos aren't good. The guy kinda knew what he was talking about. If you are just wanting to get a tiny tattoo so you can put it on your Instagram and be part of the club, keep walking mate. You're doing it for the wroooooong reason. We get a couple of people a week come in and ask us to cover or fix a tattoo they had done cheap. Honestly we should just make it a rule that if you're stupid enough to get a cheap tattoo, you can deal with it for the rest of your life. But we're not assholes, so time and again, we fix them.
So now you've got your ideas, you've found an Artist who you think can portray your design in a style that you love, you're in business. Happy days.
Book your tattoo when your kids are at school or can be looked after. We love your kids but we don't want them here. This is an adult industry and our Artists are focusing all their brain power of giving you an amazing tattoo. You know as well as we do that when you're at home and your kids are screaming, you can't focus. Take this time to treat yourself. Send the kids to School/Grandmas/anywhere but here and come and enjoy being an adult with other adults doing adult things and talking how adults talk.
So now the ball is well and truly rolling. Your tattoo design has been discussed, your booking has been made, the day has come. Well done Sir, well done.
Enjoy getting tattooed, it in itself is an experience. One that you really can't fully describe to anyone who hasn't been tattooed themselves. The highs, the lows, the pain, the pleasure, enjoy it all.
Be warned, it's addictive. You will be back. Tattoos are like Pringles, once you pop you can't stop.