Getting your first tattoo is a rite of passage. The air of walking on the wild side can be intoxicating, because you know your parents likely won't approve. They still think tattoos are for bikers and sailors. But you see this beautiful art on all kinds of people and you want to join the ranks of the alternative kids. Maybe you want to make a statement, or simply commemorate an event or something personal to you. But before you get your guitar gently inked on your bicep, it's important to do your research and know what you're getting into. Here are 10 tips for the tattoo virgin.10: Be Picky About the Parlor
While a spontaneous trip to the tattoo parlor always sounds like a fun idea, you should take a bit of time and pick out a good one prior to hopping in the car. Cutting corners for the sake of a convenient location is not a great way to begin your life as a tattooed person. Remember, it's not just the quality of the art that matters -- there's a needle involved that will make contact with your skin, so you want to choose a parlor that's renowned for taking proper health precautions. Talk to other well-tattooed folks for their recommendations.