Thinking About Ink?

Tips for the tattoo virgins on campus.

written by Alisha Cole

Thinking about getting a tattoo? For the Webster University tattoo virgins out there considering going under the needle, it can be an exciting yet intimidating contemplation.  When considering where to go, opinions will vary. Take the time to do some research and talk with people who have tattoos, especially those with unique and intricate ink.

Photo by Hayden Molinarolo

Webster freshman Connor Callahan recommends Trader Bob’s on South Jefferson and junior Cierra Lowe suggests Chico’s Tattoo Shop on South Broadway. Self Inflicted Studios on Washington Ave is another location with many positive reviews, as is TRX Tattoos on South Grand with its many different artists to suit any individual’s needs.

Finding a trustworthy artist is vastly important as they have a passion for the art of ink and the artist can be tremendously helpful through the experience.

Often, the most daunting question asked about getting a tattoo is whether or not it will hurt. Because everyone has a different tolerance of pain, each experience is unique. This can sometimes depend on the placement, but even then, experiences vary.

Although tattoos are becoming more acceptable in the workplace, it’s still a good idea to be able to cover up that ink appropriately if needed. The first step in considering the placement of a tattoo is the size of the tattoo itself.

If the tattoo is large in size consider placing the tattoo on a more vast area of the body such as the thighs, upper arms, shoulders, back and rib area so the tattoo moves with the natural lines of the body. In contrast smaller tattoos will be more vibrant in smaller areas such as the lower legs, feet, and lower arms.

The most important thing to consider is what to get. Be creative and make your tattoo meaningful. The body is a canvas and tattoos can express identity like no other.

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