5 Tips To Choose A Tattoo You Won't Regret

5 Tips To Choose A Tattoo You Won't Regret

A scar full of ink is a scar full of promise.

At 16 years old I was anxious, naive and exhausted. The beginning of my junior year in high school was nothing short of difficult. I was overwhelmed with advanced courses, I lost some old friends and found myself falling into a new group, I began experiencing difficulties at home, and my anxiety became more persistent than ever. I was a little bit of a mess, but despite the everyday setbacks, I allowed myself to find peace and comfort in reading and writing. It was easy to make myself feel better if I had a pen and paper at hand.

I was scrolling through quotes on Pinterest one day when I ran across three short words that made my breathing a little lighter – a little easier to manage. “Courage, dear heart” was scratched across an image in a messy cursive font. It’s a quote from "The Voyage of The Dawn Treader," written by C.S. Lewis.

Within the last two years, I have managed to control the intensity of my anxiety and manage my stress accordingly. I have let go of issues that I ultimately have no control over; I have learned to accept that the people in my life are different in their own individual ways, and I must accept that to hold on to those I love the most. I’ve established myself in the most genuine, loving group of friends that I have had and will ever have. I have worked hard to give myself a life I love. I have repeated the phrase “Courage, dear heart” every day for the last two years.

I was always hesitant about getting a tattoo. I was worried that it was going to hurt. I was afraid I would regret my decision after the needle had touched my skin. I was nervous that when I grow older I’d look at my tattoo and wish I had never gotten one. After two years of finding solace in three little words, I decided that no matter the pain, no matter my age, getting this tattoo was important to me. It holds great meaning that I will continuously cherish no matter what my future holds.

The beauty of being a writer is words have more of a monumental impact on my thoughts than people or possessions ever will. There’s a certain beauty in words – the way a strand of arranged letters can make you feel emotions you didn’t think you had.

Here are five important tips for choosing your own tasteful tattoo:

1. Location, location, location.

Get a tattoo somewhere where you won’t forget about it. There are two types of tattoos, bold and dainty, and each kind fits on parts of your body better than others. Keep in mind that some occupations don’t approve of showcasing tattoos, so you may need to get one in a spot that would be easy to cover by clothing. Don’t let that stop you from getting one, though. Choose your location accordingly – it’s all personal preference, of course.

2. Personal meaning.

What does your tattoo mean to you? Why did you choose to place it in the location that you did? If you cannot provide answers to either of these questions, odds are you weren’t ready to get or are not comfortable with your tattoo. Take the time to let it mean something to you – that’s when it’s really worth the money.

3. Choose something original.

“Katy wouldn’t be Katy without ____.” The answer is writing. I’m a writer, I take pride in it, and because of this, I easily find solace in words. I didn’t get “Courage, dear heart” permanently etched into my skin because I think it looks cool. I got this tattoo because I can call it my own. It resonates within me and I have grown fond of this short, sweet phrase. It’s my daily reminder to chase a life I will love without hesitation of fear.

4. If you think you’ll get tired of looking at it one day, don’t get it.

Tattoos are so permanent – why choose something you’re not entirely sure of? I’ve heard that tattoo removal is more painful than getting an actual tattoo, so don’t put yourself through that if you can avoid it.

5. If it’s the right tattoo, you won’t be concerned about the pain.

It’s really not that bad. I’ll admit, I was pretty nervous at first because I lacked knowledge of my own pain tolerance (I’ve never been one to play rough.) It wasn’t bad at all, though, especially if you bring a friend to talk to.

Cover Image Credit: Camille LaRocca

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Basics – How to Shave Beard?- Tips for Guys

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Young adolescent boys enjoy youthfulness. They like to wear new costumes, and do different haircuts. However, they grow ultra thin moustache and beard on their faces. Bushy beard and dense moustache are not attractive. Sweethearts like well-shaven face without wild beard. Therefore, they should abide by few important tips how to shave beard fantastically.

DIY Beard Shaving Tips

See, professional barbers reshape rough beard and disheveled hair. They are professional with little passion to assist customers who are not matured. At home, try to trim the unwanted beard to smoothen up the facial skin dynamically. DIY beard shaving methods are cost effective to economical guys. For rookies, it will be difficult to wipe out strong hairs of the beard efficiently. So, they must have guide from experts or seniors. For example, watching seniors to remove grey beard hairs fluently, they are competent to clean the face. Besides, online demos and slide shows with step-wise guidance how to shave beard are helpful to beginners.

Basics of Beard Shaving Toolkit

  • Arrange a curvy gripe safe ergonomic sharp razor which is hand-driven
  • Shaving cream with a brush for skin exfoliation
  • A cup of lukewarm water to disinfect shaving tools
  • A bottle of black cumin seeds tincture for healing up wounds and bleeding
  • A small scissor for beard trimming
  • Cotton balls or clean clothes
  • A small wall mountable glass/large mirror to see
  • First of all, observe your face before driving your razor
  • Check whether your face has also zits, or pimples
  • Avoid the infected areas when you start removing beard with sharpened razor.
  • It is better to trim dense beard hair to make it easy for you
  • Then hold your razor carefully to steer clear of bleeding and cut
  • Drench your face in water and then apply shaving cream to brush up both sides of cheeks including chin using a soft brush.
  • Start straight from the top.
  • Slow but steadfast razor moving is beneficial to teenager
  • Beard on cheeks should be cut slowly without leaving deep dent
  • When you let your razor drive down to drill on chin, you must safeguard throat. Mobility in razor controlling is necessary.
  • Manage your tension
  • Go for complete beard shaving.
  • If you receive mild injury, you must not forget to apply topical anti-bacterial oil or spray on the wound. Don’t scratch or do hard rubbing. It will make the wounds severe.

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Usually, dudes are interested to do double beard shaving to enhance the skin fairness. There should not be anything left incomplete on your face. For this reason, you must rub your face with fingers to measure the degree of smoothness. Finally, in the case of skin infection, pre-existing inflammation and allergies, guys have to use biodegradable antibiotic lotion/gel and cream to take care of the face. Modern guys must become handsome to entice women. They should learn techniques to shave wild beard for physical aesthete.

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