The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Tattoo in Dublin
August 17, 2018 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

Getting a first tattoo can be incredibly stressful. After all, this is something that’s going to stay on your skin and won’t be easy to remove! With the Dublin International Tattoo Convention rolling into town this weekend, we want to make sure you have everything you need to know on tattoos.

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It’s an important decision for a lot of people and worth doing some research. So to aid you along the journey, we’ll take a look at everything to keep in mind when getting a tattoo in Dublin.

1. Do Your Research

When getting a tattoo, it’s important you plan ahead so you get the best possible result you could ask for. This includes looking at all the tattoo parlours  in Dublin, making sure they are sanitary and have a good reputation. Planning the design and what kind of tattoo is of course key, but your own safety is equally important.

tattoo-colours

Thinking about where you want your tattoo could save you some extra pain. Also, finding out how much the tattoo will cost is a good idea so that you don’t venture into something your wallet isn’t ready for.

2. Consider the Time of Year

Many factors allow a tattoo to heal properly. If getting your tattoo during the summer months, it might be harder to get it to heal and you have the potential to damage it. Sun exposure and water submersion can easily damage a tattoo. Granted that might not always be the case in Ireland, unless our recent heatwave becomes an annual occurrence!

Spring and early autumn are ideal for getting a new tattoo as the sun won’t be as likely to burn your skin. You will have more freedom and won’t need to cover your tattoo with irritating fabric while it heals like during the winter months.

3. Find the Right Tattoo Artist

Look into who you are trusting your body with. Check out their portfolio to see what styles and themes they specialise in like colour realism for example. Looking at reviews and feedback from online reviews can also be handy. Any pictures or sketches you might have can really help an artist to create the design that you’re after.

do-your-research

There is a great selection of parlours around the country and specifically no shortage of artists when looking for a tattoo in Dublin. We’d recommend checking out the Instagram pages of some of the top artists like;

4. Sleep On It

No, we don’t literally mean start snoozing during your tattoo, just have a proper think about it after a good nights sleep. Getting a tattoo is a big decision to make so thinking over what you want to get is important.

the-ultimate-guide-to-getting-a-tattoo-in-dublin

So, before you commit to it, make sure it’s what you really want. Mull over your designs too. As many have learned in the past, getting a partner’s name on your body might not necessarily be the best idea in the long run. Also, steer well clear of that dodgy mate who’s a dab hand with the Indian ink, you’ll thank us later!

5. Prepare For The Healing Process

Your tattoo artist may or may not supply you with care cream. To be on the safe side, hop on down to your nearest pharmacy and buy yourself a tube of Bepanthen+ or Sudocream which is excellent for sensitive and sore skin. Double check with your tattoo artist that it’s ok that you use these over the counter creams before you leave and how often the care should happen.

prepare-for-the-healing-process

Be aware that when you take a shower with a tattoo you will have to try keep it covered as a scabbing tattoo should not be wet for too long. Make arrangements depending on where your tattoo is to keep the shower experience as pain safe as possible.

6. Bring a Buddy

If you’re stressed out about the thought of having a tattoo or the pain factor of it, bring a friend along with you. It will help you enjoy the experience more and you won’t have that feeling of dread. Stressing out before the needle even goes in won’t make it any easier when you are getting the tattoo.

Don’t forget, this should be a fun experience for you so, keep good memories from it. You might also get shaved depending on where the tattoo is so, be prepared for the hair to disappear!

7. Ask Loads Of Questions!

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to ask questions, even the silly ones! Talk to friends who have already gotten tattoos or different artists. You have to make sure that you communicate the tattoo plan as best as you can to the person who is putting it on you. No question is too big or small to ask.

ask-loads-of-questions

Also, don’t be afraid to come back for a touch up if you feel that your tattoo has faded a bit. Looking your absolute best is what everyone wants so don’t be shy.

Now if you are after reading all of that and you are still considering a tattoo then get yourself ready. Plan ahead and most of all enjoy your beautiful new artwork. Tattoos are all about being creative and having something you love on your body so don’t be afraid to show it off.

Zuzanna Piasek
Passionate about all things creative including food and hoping to spread a few good messages. I believe the most important thing you’ll ever do is stay true to yourself, so be free and be you!

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Tattoo in Dublin
August 17, 2018 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

Getting a first tattoo can be incredibly stressful. After all, this is something that’s going to stay on your skin and won’t be easy to remove! With the Dublin International Tattoo Convention rolling into town this weekend, we want to make sure you have everything you need to know on tattoos.

the-dublin-international-tattoo-convention

It’s an important decision for a lot of people and worth doing some research. So to aid you along the journey, we’ll take a look at everything to keep in mind when getting a tattoo in Dublin.

1. Do Your Research

When getting a tattoo, it’s important you plan ahead so you get the best possible result you could ask for. This includes looking at all the tattoo parlours  in Dublin, making sure they are sanitary and have a good reputation. Planning the design and what kind of tattoo is of course key, but your own safety is equally important.

tattoo-colours

Thinking about where you want your tattoo could save you some extra pain. Also, finding out how much the tattoo will cost is a good idea so that you don’t venture into something your wallet isn’t ready for.

2. Consider the Time of Year

Many factors allow a tattoo to heal properly. If getting your tattoo during the summer months, it might be harder to get it to heal and you have the potential to damage it. Sun exposure and water submersion can easily damage a tattoo. Granted that might not always be the case in Ireland, unless our recent heatwave becomes an annual occurrence!

Spring and early autumn are ideal for getting a new tattoo as the sun won’t be as likely to burn your skin. You will have more freedom and won’t need to cover your tattoo with irritating fabric while it heals like during the winter months.

3. Find the Right Tattoo Artist

Look into who you are trusting your body with. Check out their portfolio to see what styles and themes they specialise in like colour realism for example. Looking at reviews and feedback from online reviews can also be handy. Any pictures or sketches you might have can really help an artist to create the design that you’re after.

do-your-research

There is a great selection of parlours around the country and specifically no shortage of artists when looking for a tattoo in Dublin. We’d recommend checking out the Instagram pages of some of the top artists like;

4. Sleep On It

No, we don’t literally mean start snoozing during your tattoo, just have a proper think about it after a good nights sleep. Getting a tattoo is a big decision to make so thinking over what you want to get is important.

the-ultimate-guide-to-getting-a-tattoo-in-dublin

So, before you commit to it, make sure it’s what you really want. Mull over your designs too. As many have learned in the past, getting a partner’s name on your body might not necessarily be the best idea in the long run. Also, steer well clear of that dodgy mate who’s a dab hand with the Indian ink, you’ll thank us later!

5. Prepare For The Healing Process

Your tattoo artist may or may not supply you with care cream. To be on the safe side, hop on down to your nearest pharmacy and buy yourself a tube of Bepanthen+ or Sudocream which is excellent for sensitive and sore skin. Double check with your tattoo artist that it’s ok that you use these over the counter creams before you leave and how often the care should happen.

prepare-for-the-healing-process

Be aware that when you take a shower with a tattoo you will have to try keep it covered as a scabbing tattoo should not be wet for too long. Make arrangements depending on where your tattoo is to keep the shower experience as pain safe as possible.

6. Bring a Buddy

If you’re stressed out about the thought of having a tattoo or the pain factor of it, bring a friend along with you. It will help you enjoy the experience more and you won’t have that feeling of dread. Stressing out before the needle even goes in won’t make it any easier when you are getting the tattoo.

Don’t forget, this should be a fun experience for you so, keep good memories from it. You might also get shaved depending on where the tattoo is so, be prepared for the hair to disappear!

7. Ask Loads Of Questions!

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to ask questions, even the silly ones! Talk to friends who have already gotten tattoos or different artists. You have to make sure that you communicate the tattoo plan as best as you can to the person who is putting it on you. No question is too big or small to ask.

ask-loads-of-questions

Also, don’t be afraid to come back for a touch up if you feel that your tattoo has faded a bit. Looking your absolute best is what everyone wants so don’t be shy.

Now if you are after reading all of that and you are still considering a tattoo then get yourself ready. Plan ahead and most of all enjoy your beautiful new artwork. Tattoos are all about being creative and having something you love on your body so don’t be afraid to show it off.

Zuzanna Piasek
Passionate about all things creative including food and hoping to spread a few good messages. I believe the most important thing you’ll ever do is stay true to yourself, so be free and be you!

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