Getting Inked: My experience and FAQs About Getting A Tattoo
I am the girl who always likes to try new things and act weirdly. I come from an orthodox family where there was only one free bird, my dad. He was a painter, and an inspiration to me. Tattoos have always fascinated me, everything from beautifully ornate recreations of a favorite photo to flowers, birds and animals. When I was small, I remember how papa used to draw different motives and designs on me and I used to flaunt them like real tattoos. So, after 4 months of his demise, I got my first tattoo, a phoenix. It somehow represented me. The death of my father had left me shattered and it was a rebirth, a new Madhubani. It’s like rising out of my ashes of a life filled with torment.
Tattoos, over the time, have become an expression of one’s innate feelings. Tattoo making or body art as it is called now, had its origin in tribal ritualistic practices in different nomadic and settled tribes around the world. From its humble origins to the modern day’s sophistications that it has achieved, body art still remains a medium to express oneself using its body as a canvas.
Just like papa’s art is limitless, I got inspired and it felt empowering to create something irreversible and visible, and not to be afraid of what others think. And thus I got another one two days back, a flock of birds.
These flying sparrows represent freedom and eternal free spirit. Like the flock of sparrows flying on the sky, may your dream and flying high never ends. It’s like patting my own back and say, “Fly high, Madhubani..!!”
I love getting inked and have plan for a few more in the coming days.
Now I am going to answer a few common questions related to Tattoo:-
- First and foremost, does it hurt?
I won’t mislead you. A needle is piercing you, it definitely hurts. Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance to pain. It hurts, but not as much as you think or fear. To me, it is very tolerable.
90% of the pain is in your brain, so don’t over think. Because, ultimately, the beauty if the tattoo outweighs the pain.
- Is it safe?
If you go to a professional tattoo parlor where the proper tattoo equipments are used, if new needles are used for each and every customer and machines are sanitized, then getting a tattoo is very safe. Don’t worry.
- How much is it going to cost?
But a good tattoo artist will charge you around 1000-2000 INR for a 1sq inch tattoo. The better the artist, the higher is the price. But you’ll get many other who will charge you much lesser. But you don’t want to sit and cry later. There is a big chance that they aren’t that experienced, there is a chance that the products they re using are of inferior quality and there might be hygiene issues as well. So get yourself inked from an artist who is well experienced and uses quality products. If you can’t pay for quality, don’t get inked at all.
- How do I take care?
Your tattoo artist will give all the details related to post tattoo care. But one thing which I would like to mention is, exposing to the sun isn’t really good for your skin, but it’s even harder on your tattoos. So avoid exposure to sun as much as you can.
- What designs to choose?
Don’t rely on others and choose what you want. Take your time and decide. Remember, once it is done it cannot be removed without laser treatment which costs bomb. Don’t haste. And don’t ever get a tattoo when you aren’t sure about getting one.
So, keep these in mind and get inked.
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