Tattoo For Girls – Preparation,Design & Maintenance
Tattoos for girls are no longer the novelty they used to be. Many women now get inked, as the term goes. Some studies even claim that the number of tattooed females has already surpassed that of tattooed males in the United States. More than half of all women in the US now have a tattoo.
This should not cause you to run to the nearest tattoo parlor in order to join the trend, though. Before you do get a tattoo of your own, you have to think it over very carefully. It says a great deal that about 20% of all inked people regret their tattoos. It says even more that women have been found to be likelier to get tattoo removals than men. In order to avoid joining those women’s ranks, consider all of your tattoo and design options prior to getting the deed done.
Types of Tattoos for Girls
Tattoo technology has gone quite a long way. From old, sooty thread and ink-dipped needles, we now have tattoo guns and more than a few choices for inks. In fact, the variety of tattoos you can obtain at the moment may well leave you stuck. It can be difficult to make a selection when you have this many options, but the general idea is to start with the one that draws you the most. Take a look at these possibilities and try to imagine your dream tattoo inked on you with each one. Whichever option you keep returning to in your imaginings may be the best start.
Traditional tattoos can be divided into two more sub types, broadly speaking. The first is the classic single-color tattoo and the second is the multi color tattoo. It is worth noting that most single-colors will use only black, but this is not always the case. You can always be a bit more daring and use another color, like red.
Many people these days are option for multicolored tattoos, though. Improvements in tattoo inking technology have led to beautifully vibrant inks that make a lasting impression. However, they also cost more than the plain black option, although that usually has more to do with design intricacy than actual ink costs. Furthermore, the fact that they are in color makes them rather more difficult to match to all color outfits the way black ink tattoos can be.
Watercolor tattoos are a new variation on the multi color tattoo whose popularity has taken off in recent times. They obtain their name from the paint-like effect they produce, as well as the slightly gauzy edges artists can create with them.
In most traditional tattoos, lines are very well defined, as are color separations and edges. Watercolor tattoos have it otherwise. There is very little use of black for line definition and edges can be surprisingly filmy, almost sheer in quality.
Because of their effect, these tattoos are typically done in multi color. Just like the paintings that are their namesake, though, they do tend to fade rather more easily than other tattoos. This means they can require slightly greater upkeep if vibrancy of the colors is to be preserved as long as possible. Otherwise, touch-ups may be required as time goes on.
White Ink Tattoos
White ink is yet another tattoo type that may be of interest to most girls seeking tattoos. These are generally considered among the subtlest of tattoo types, especially on very fair people. Tattooed on a pale person, they can seem oddly delicate, like filigrees of unnaturally smooth scar tissue embellishing the skin. This is not to say they cannot be used to create a more definite statement, though. Some darker-skinned tattoo lovers bear these as well, going for the contrast between the ink and their complexions.
White ink tattoos also hold a curious subclass of tattoos: the UV tattoos. These are designed to be near-invisible in all but ultraviolet light, under which they glow. They can thus be excellent choices for people who want their tattoos nearly absent in most situations, save in places like clubs.
These traits make white ink tattoos very popular with female celebrities. Kate Moss, Rihanna, and Cara Delevingne all have them. However, keep in mind that they do require maintenance as well. Like many other white objects, they can be subject to yellowing over time. The trick to avoiding this is to keep them out of the sun as much as possible.
Meaning of Tattoos for Girls
Different tattoos can have different meanings. Most of the really popular tattoos for women are ones with deep connections to things in their lives. Consider the ever-popular angel wing tattoo, for instance. This is seen on women like Beyonce and Rita Ora, among others. While for some it often signifies a connection with someone they believe to be looking after them—usually a loved one who has passed away—it can also signify their belief in themselves. Angels’ wings emblazoned on a woman’s back, for example, may refer to her own desire to fly to goals or dreams she may have.
Symbolism is hugely practiced in tattoo artistry. Most tattoos serve as shorthand for grand, even complex thoughts and beliefs that the artist must capture in a single image. Sometimes, they even represent fond wishes for luck. You see many women with dreamcatcher and ladybeetle tattoos, for instance, because they are associated with warding off nightmares and inviting good fortune. In other cases, though, you may get something more explicit than a symbol: many women choose quotes or passages they love tattooed onto them instead.
If you do decide to get a tattoo, try to remember that you change as you get older. In other words, do not get tattoo that has more to do with trends or a specific (transitory) phase in your life than who you really are, at your core. Certain songs might be popular now, but do you really want to have reminders of them on your body 10 years later? Not all women might be happy to recall that they had the chorus from their favorite boy band’s hit single inked on their shoulders when they were teens.
The same goes for choosing tattoos that bear declarations of love to your present boyfriend. If there is anything people have learned over the years, it is that most of us will go through more than a few partners in our lives. Far too many women (and men, for that matter) have had to go through tattoo cover-ups because of an ex’s name inked in a heart on their arms. It may seem a romantic gesture, yes, but it is also an ill-advised one. In the future, that person’s name may mean fewer positive things to you than negative ones, even.
Ideal Placement of Tattoos for Girls
So where should you have your tattoo once you have chosen one? Well, that depends on quite a lot of factors. Consider the following questions, for instance:
- In what sort of industry are you seeking employment or already employed?
- Are you planning to get pregnant or considering pregnancy as an option in the future?
- How much are you able to spend on the tattoo?
- What is your usual wardrobe like?
Some of these may seem as though they have little to do with tattooing at first, but they are actually very important questions to ask here. Take the first question as an example. The sort of career you plan to pursue or are pursuing can be affected by your choice of tattoo placement. A fair number of employers still have restrictions on tattoos, which means that the more visible your tattoo is, the more likely it is to block you from certain job opportunities.
This becomes even more urgent when you are a woman. This is because many jobs expect or mandate uniforms for women that reveal slightly more of their skin than their male counterparts. Where men get to conceal quite a bit with a suit, for instance, women would have to make do with skirt ensembles. As such, you want to be careful about placing your tattoo somewhere conspicuous unless you are willing to take the hit it can deliver to your job prospects.
What of the second question, then? It becomes salient thanks to the extreme skin stretching that occurs after pregnancy. A tattoo around the stomach or lower torso can get enormously distorted by this, to the point where the image may no longer be recognizable. Other things can cause this too, including drastic weight change. Gradual weight change is rather less likely to affect tattoos adversely, though, given the skin’s natural elasticity.
Then there is the question of how much you can spend for the tattoo. This can actually affect the placement of your tattoo because it usually indicates how large your tattoo is. The larger it is, the more restricted your options for placement: only large expanses of bare skin like the back or thigh will work for some expensive tattoo selections, for instance. Less expensive tattoos are often small ones, and thus rather simpler to place.
Finally, there is the question of your personal style. Certain tattoos may not work with certain clothes. The idea is to remember that the tattoo is a permanent accessory, and as such something you will need to consider in all of your outfits from now on. This is the reason some women get ones they can easily conceal, in fact: so that they will not have to worry too much about whether or not their clothes will clash with the tattoo (or its colors).
Perhaps the supreme consideration when deciding on tattoo placement is this, though: how can you ensure that it works with your body type? The fact is, tattoos do not always flatter everybody. In some cases, they can even make you look worse. The ever-popular round-the-thigh and ankle band tattoo types can be hugely inadvisable if your legs run to the short and thick side, for example. If you get either of those then, you will not only be widening the look of your legs but also creating a horizontal break in the line that shortens them to the beholder.
Tattoos for Girls – Preparation Tips
It should be clear to you by now that getting tattoos is a serious business. This is something you may have to live with for the rest of your life, so you should try to get it right the first time. A good tattoo is often the result of a fair bit of planning as well as thought. And, nearly more than everything else, it is also the result of finding the right tattooist.
Finding the Right Tattoo Store
If you have to get a tattoo at all, get one done by an experienced professional. How do you find these? By word-of-mouth, reviews, and the like. What is important is that the shop or artist that you settle on has sufficient positive reviews from others to make you feel confident. Bad tattoo art can be nothing short of disastrous: imagine asking for a tattoo of a roaring lion only to get one of a cross-eyed possum with an unusual mane.
The best tattoo artists will cost a lot, make no mistake. As such, part of your preparations should include saving enough cash to get the job done right. But at least you will be assured that you will truly get the perfect design you dreamt of. Ask for references and samples from your options to get a better idea of whom to choose. Try to find an artist who specializes in the particular design you want too.
Prepare Yourself for the Process
Make sure you have eaten properly and bring a bottle of water or a sports drink with you to your appointment. This will ensure your body is properly fueled and hydrated for the tattooing process, which will stimulate your immune system once it starts. For women, an added piece of advice would be to steer clear of scheduling the appointment on or around their period. Women tend to be more sensitive around that time, so any tattooing would be extra-painful then.
Double-check the Design
This is something more people should really do before they get inked. The fad for tattoos in foreign script or characters is still going strong. Unfortunately, far too many people choose foreign script that they cannot understand themselves. The result is often a catastrophic—if hilarious—tattoo.
If you are getting a tattoo design in a foreign script, have at least 2 persons who understand that script read it first. Ask them if it means what you think it means and to double-check the design. You do not want to end up with a pretty tattoo of Chinese characters on your shoulder that reads “turtle soup for sale”, after all. The same goes for all foreign-language tattoos or intricate symbol tattoos based on a set image.
Average Service Cost & Standard Prices for Getting Tattoos for Girls
The cost of getting a tattoo done will vary based on a number of factors. The place where the tattooist works, the size and type of tattoo, and individual shop rules may all play a part in determining the price.
Generally speaking, though, you can expect something like a $50 minimum service fee. This can look pricey at first, but it is actually quite reasonable considering most artists lose a significant chunk of revenue to the tattoo shop owner/landlord. They have to spend money on many other things, including equipment and ink, so tattoo artist profits are actually modest for the most part even with a minimum fee like this.
While some artists are going to charge you based on the size of your tattoo design, many settle for charging flat rates over time spent working instead. So, for example, you may be looking at a particular flat rate multiplied by the number of hours the artist has spent working on you.
Again, flat rates vary. Usually, territory has a lot to do with it. Flat rates tend to be higher in or around the bigger cities, for example, and cheaper in small towns. The average flat rate in or near a US city is about $100 an hour. This already tells you how expensive a large, complex tattoo can be. That pair of wings you may have been eyeing for your shoulders may well run you several thousand dollars, for example, as well as more than one visit to the tattoo parlor. You should be prepared for it.
Maintenance Tips After Getting a Tattoo
Your tattoo artist should supply you with some tips for care after your session. These actually vary from artist to artist. Some prefer to advise their clients to wash the tattooed area in a particular solution regularly for some days after tattooing, for example, whereas others prefer to leave it bandaged. It depends on your tattoo artist’s preferences.
Generally speaking, you should be treating the tattooed area as a lightly injured one. In other words, avoid hitting it or allowing other things to come in contact with it. When washing it, be very gentle and use antibacterial soaps to reduce the chance of infection. Finally, if you must use an ointment or salve of some sort, try to use one that is antibacterial as well. This will improve the rate of healing. Just remember to use only clean towels when drying it, or all the washing in the world might as well be for nothing.
Getting a tattoo can be very rewarding if you do it right, as you basically end up with a piece of body art on yourself for the rest of your life. Do it wrong, however, and you may find yourself saving money for a laser removal in no time at all. Fortunately, keeping certain things in mind can prevent that. As we noted above, steer clear of potentially compromising designs, use only the best tattoo artists, and ensure that you get a tattoo in a place where it cannot hurt you (beyond the pain during the ordeal of getting it, that is).
Above all, keep in mind that you get what you pay for in the tattoo business. In other words, do not be tempted by the cheap (often novice) tattoo artist offering low-cost work. Do not hazard your first tattoo experience on the “free tattoo” specials some artists use to promote themselves. Just do not think you can ever get a great tattoo for free! Bad free tattoos are the stuff of Internet humor: you surely do not want your tattoo to end up in their ranks.
Remember too that getting tattoos done by the wrong person at the wrong place can do more than leave you looking ridiculous. It can actually make you sick—and in some cases, even kill you. Bad or inexperienced tattoo artists often make mistakes when it comes to equipment sterilization and preparation. Consider that tattooing means a needle actually pierces your skin. The very same needle, if improperly cleaned, can very well deposit germs under your skin along with the tattoo ink. The result can be a deadly infection—a horrible price to pay for choosing a cheap tattooist.
If you do have concerns along these lines even after choosing a tattooist, feel free to take him to task for it. Ask as many questions as you like about how he sterilizes his equipment. You can even ask him to show you his gear before he begins.
You should also feel free to question any of your friends who have already had tattoos done. They may have some good advice in hand and even recommendations for tattoo artists in your area. If you are a woman who has already had a tattoo done, tell us what you think! What else should all other girls know if they are thinking of getting inked for the first time?