pirateSo you are ready for your first tattoo and gagging to get down and visit Mr Fox in his High Wycombe studio, well lets not rush things. Lets talk for a moment about the pro’s and cons of getting your tattoo. Remember, a tattoo is not just for Christmas!

So with that said here are five very important points to consider before getting your first tattoo.

Do you really want a tattoo?

Tattoos are for life, sure there are ways of getting them removed but they cost time and money, oh and lets not forget it hurts to get them removed just as much as it does getting them in the first place. So if you are going to get a tattoo, make sure you understand this. It’s for life!

Think long and hard about the tattoo you are getting. Will you still love it in 10 or 20 years time, will it still reflect you as a person.

Tattoo Design

So the easy part is out of the way, you definitely want a tattoo. Great! Lets discuss that!

There are hundreds of different designs and at the studio we cater to every one of them, take a look at our portfolio and see if there is anything you like and we can draw it up for you. Of course if you find anything online then we can use it as an idea and make it as original as you .

Tattoo trends come and go so really do not worry about what is in at the moment, as long as it reflects you as a person that is what matters most.

Always remember, a good tattoo is not cheap, and a cheap tattoo is no good.

And a word of warning, unless you intend to place your tattoo on a part of your body that you can’t see (such as your back), choose something that you don’t think you’ll get tired of looking at. The worst situation is to get a new tattoo on a highly visible part of your body that you grow to hate within a few months.

It’s also important to choose a design that will be as relevant to you in the future as it is today. This is particularly relevant when it comes to designs that include names.

Many people get their names of their children added to their tattoo. This is a safe option because they’ll always be your children. But think carefully before you get the name of your spouse or partner tattooed over your body. What if you separate in the future? Will a new partner be happy to see the name of your ex emblazoned across your neck?

Black and White or Colour?

Another thing to consider is tattoo colour. Black and white tattoos tend to have more definition, due to the contrast on your skin, people tend to notice them more. Colour tattoos however add character to your design but tend to cost more.

Part of Body

Before you decide which part of your body to get tattooed, there are three minor issues to consider. First, bear in mind the size of your choosen design. If you’ve set your heart on a large design, there won’t likely be enough space on your hands or ankles etc. Back, shoulders, chest and stomach are better areas for large designs.

Second, how visible do you want your tattoo to be? Do you want it to be on public display most of the time, or do you want it to be more discreet? If so, it’s important to bear in mind your normal style of dress.

It’s also important to remember that certain professions such as the police have strict rules about no tattoos on the lower arms etc. So if that will be an issue, check with your employers first.

Third, certain areas are more painful than others. As a general rule, areas of your body where the flesh is thinner and more bony, such as your ankles, head and lower back, tend to be more painful. Less painful areas to tattoo include your shoulders, chest, upper arm and upper back. And due to the number of nerve endings involved, it goes without saying that more intimate areas of your body could be extremely sensitive.


The size of your tattoo will to a large extent (dreadful pun!) be determined by the location where it appears on your body. After all, a design that measures twelve inches square won’t fit on the back of your hand. Large tattoos will also take longer to complete (and therefore cost more), and will be more noticeable.

But don’t let all that lead you to believe that a small tattoo is something that can be undertaken on a whim. A small tattoo is just as big a commitment as a larger design and will last just as long.

Getting any tattoo done is a major decision, so don’t rush into it, and make sure that you’re absolutely certain about all of the decisions above before you go any further.

Of course if you are ready then do not hesitate to pop into the studio and have a chat! We are located on Desborough Road in High Wycombe, you can of course just leave a message on the contact page!

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