Educate yourself about the techniques , the pain of getting a tattoo, as well as after care and potential complications.
Research the procedures for removing a tattoo: laser treatment, dermabrasion, salabrasion, scarification… Realize that these are as painful and expensive as they sound, and not always successful.
Test-drive a tattoo: try out your chosen image, its effect on your family and friends, and its appeal after a period of time, by having it applied with a temporary airbrush or with henna. Less permanent inks and techniques are being developed and will soon hit the market.
If you haven’t reached the legal age, know that no good tattoo artist will give you a tattoo. If one is prepared to give you one anyway, think twice: do you want a tattoo from someone who is prepared to break the law? Can he be sanitary and safe? Can he be a good artist?
a brief history of tattoos
the word tattoo is said to has two major derivations- from the polynesian word ‘ta’ which means striking something and the tahitian word ‘tatau’ which means ‘to mark something’. the history of tattoo began over 5000 years ago and is as diverse as the people who wear them. tattoos are created by inserting colored materials beneath the skins surface. the first tattoos probably were created by accident. someone had a small wound, and rubbed it with a hand that was dirty with soot and ashes from the fire. once the wound had healed, they saw that a mark stayed permanently. despite the social sciences' growing fascination with tattooing, and the immense popularity of tattoos themselves, the practice has not left much of a historical record
Tattoos have long been used to identify people in many cultures. The gang culture of today is no different. Street and prison gang members use tattoos for several reasons. First, gang members will frequently have numerous tattoos, particularly if they have spent time in prison. These tattoos may include one or more symbols that the gang has adopted as something unique to identify the gang and it’s members. Other tattoos might be a tear drop under an eye, spider webs to indicate prison time, or a popular phrase such as "Thug Life." Second, tattoos are worn and used for intimidation. Many members, particularly if the gang has a propensity for violence, will have the gang name tattooed in large bold letters so that other persons or gang members will know what gang the person represents.
Wearing an unauthorized gang tattoo could be hazardous to a person’s health, particularly in prison. Prison gang inmates have been known to remove unauthorized tattoos on non-gang members by cutting the tattoo from the person’s flesh.