What hurts more tattoo lines or shades

You go through these five phases when you get a tattoo

I can still clearly remember the day I got my first tattoo. It was pretty hot outside - and I was by no means the first in my circle of acquaintances who wanted to keep a piece of art under their skin for eternity. When we talked about tattoos, it was mostly about the choice of studio, different techniques, styles and motifs. In the summer we pre-painted drawings with ballpoint pens in different places to develop a feeling for what it might look like later - even if the result rarely corresponded to reality.

At some point I knew about everything from stinging pain to healing without even having to face the psychological consequences of a body modification. Nobody shared his * her feelings about how he * she really felt the next morning after the sting. Hardly anyone talked about the moments in which they * realized: That fat black spot on my forearm will never go away. No matter how well it is engraved. I want to change that.

Dear tattoo newbie: There is more that you should know apart from your motif.

1. The jitters before going to the tattoo studio

A little tip to start with: Most tattoo artists - at least the ones I've met - don't like it when you bring friends along to take pictures or to hold hands, because it not only distracts the artists from their work, but cameras and laughter unnecessarily cause a stir in the studio. Apart from the hygiene regulations.

It doesn't help: In the end you have to go through it alone. It's also best to have clear thoughts about your motive and position beforehand, so that you can safely say yes on the big day without worrying about a short-circuit reaction later.

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Do not let it get you. It is terrifying to think about the lifelong consequences of a roughly two-hour act - very clearly. It is normal not to be 100 percent sure. But between us: when is that the case? When choosing a degree? At the wedding? I hope but doubt it.

If you get a panic attack despite this mental preparation on site, please tell your artist of choice before doing something that you later regret. Appointments can be postponed, but bad days cannot.

2. The excitement during the jump-off

Questions like “What the hell is happening to me?” “Does it always hurt or is that my bone?” Or “What if something really horrible happens to my forearm?” Are quite normal. Not everyone is cool enough to sit back and close your eyes during the procedure as you would with a Thai massage.

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Still, a little enjoyment is not bad. Dear fear patients: It's time to let go and enjoy. You have thought about it beforehand, you have thought it through well at different points in your life and there is no need to worry if you have not chosen the tattoo artist randomly on Google to do “something with skulls” Getting a stab on the back without first getting Mama's permission.

3. The first, critical look in the mirror

Ready? I hope so. Because, surprise: Now it is difficult to change anything on the subject. I can still clearly remember every single look in the studio that I threw at the cleaned area afterwards. For the most part, it did a pretty good job of reflecting the feeling I would keep about the tattoo.

And yes, it can sometimes be very strange to find that there is suddenly a motif visible on this piece of skin that you have known without for 28 years that cannot be washed down with a lot of soap.

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Whatever the feeling, give your new tattoo a little time and believe in your good taste, okay? It is normal that you are not used to it yet. After all, it's brand new. Sometimes a new tattoo is like a new hair color. At first you get a little scared, but over time it washes out and in six months you can no longer imagine never having been a redhead. Correct?

4. At home and alone, alone

Is everything alright? Whether the answer is “good” or “bad”: The first few days it can happen that you spend more time in front of the mirror than you normally spend on your party make-up and every spot on the newborn Inspecting carefully, as if it were some strange disease.

Is there perhaps a line that is not one hundred percent uniform everywhere? Is the circle really straight down to the last line? I have to disappoint you: a tattoo is not a pencil drawing, but an art form that has been brought under your skin with thousands of needle pricks.

Is there perhaps a line that is not one hundred percent evenly engraved everywhere? "

If you pierce too deeply, the result is small, noticeable but otherwise invisible scars on the outer lines. If you prick too lightly, the lines and shading will soon lose their consistency. Then it's time to prick again. And yet now, alone, at home, is not the right time to prematurely punish yourself for every supposed mistake, no matter how small. Your tattoo is unique - and that includes small bumps.

Of course, I'm not talking about fatty scar tissue that is reminiscent of surgery nights that were torn out and lines that have run completely away. Then something actually went wrong. Fortunately, there are now many artists who specialize in cover-ups.

5. The next few weeks

Over the next few weeks, your new work of art will sink deeper into your skin bit by bit and soon no longer be a fresh wound. It will get to know your friends and your chic clothes and become an integral part of your look.

In addition to acceptance, there is only one thing left to make the new tattoo brooding a thing of the past: plenty of care and a roll of second skin from the pharmacy.