Started a Sailor Moon full sleeve today. Very excited to add the outer scouts to the bottom half.
I’ve seen some terrible Sailor Moon tattoos, but this one is GORGEOUS. I love the varying line work and the art looks like it’s supposed to. I really hope to see it colored someday.
My parents were tattoo artists when I was growing up, and my sister and I were always at the shop. We had our own room in the back with a cot and a TV and a nintendo and were always given money to roam around downtown to buy ice cream floats at the local Rex-All soda fountain, go to a matinée, or buy comics from the local store (growing up in a small town is awesome).
Anyway, it has been instilled in me since I was very young to research EVERYTHING before getting a tattoo. (My Mom closed her shop and sold her equipment when I was a teenager due to health issues.) Here’s some tips to avoid getting a bad tattoo. Remember, this will be with you FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
1. Do not just go down to your local hole in the wall studio and ask for a tattoo. Research that shit. Ask to see the artist’s portfolio. If they’re worth a shit they will have one with samples of their previous work.
2. Ask around. Look for people with good work and ask them where they got it done. There’s plenty of places online too that can point you in a good direction.
3. I’m not sure if this is really prevalent in this day and age, my Mom did tattoos through the 1980s, but ask to see their sterilization equipment. Also, find out what that is and how it works. You don’t want to catch anything nasty from someone else from improperly cleaned equipment.
4. You are getting what you pay for. No good tattoos are ever free, or cheap. Tattoo parties are a terrible idea. Watch any of the “cover up” shows on TV and nearly every terrible tattoo was done by a friend of a friend for free, while someone was drunk, or at a tattoo party.
5. ASK ABOUT AFTER CARE. They should be able to provide you with all the information you need. I remember being in the nurses office one day in high school and a girl came in with a fresh tattoo that was bleeding it’s colors. It turned out that they had not advised her not to shave, even though she had gotten the tattoo on her calf.
6. Last by not least - never get your boyfriend or girlfriend’s initials or name or portrait or whatever unless you’ve been together FOREVER. My Dad has my Mom’s name and their 4 daughter’s initials on his arm, but they’ve been married for 34 years, so really… My Mom refused to do them for customers and most of her cover ups were this kind of work. Look at Johnny Depp, he’s trying to convince people now that is tattoo says “Wino forever” and means he loves wine. We all know different.
Signal boosting my own post, but anyone thinking about getting a tattoo and doesn’t know where to start, here is a little advice.