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Getting a tattoo may be something you decide to do at the spur of the moment. But that may not be the best thing to do. A tattoo is a permanent scarring of your body and, while the process is much safer than it used to be, there are still many things to consider when selecting a place to go.

Below you will find some tips on what to look for and ask about when deciding where to get your tattoo done. And don't forget to go with your intuition as well-if you aren't comfortable with the place, keep looking.

Things to Look For


Once you have left the tattoo parlor, aftercare is entirely up to you. Your tattoo artist should give you a copy of aftercare instructions, but here is a list of things to be aware of.

Scabbing and Peeling

Mild scabbing and peeling is not unusual after getting a tattoo. It may even itch, similar to a sunburn, but do not pick or scratch your tattoo! This is the end stage of the healing process and you don't want to ruin your tattoo.

Sun Exposure

A tattoo will fade if exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time. To ensure the color lasts, make sure to always apply sunblock (SPF 30 is recommended) to your tattoo before heading out into the sun.