7 Must Knows Before and After Getting A Tattoo

7 Must Knows Before and After Getting A Tattoo

All of this is very important, so listen up before you walk into the tattoo parlor

Tattoos are like potato chips, once you get one, you have to get another. Getting your first tattoo can be scary, but I promise, as long as you're not in some random guy's garage with a dirty needle that your friend recommended you to, nothing will go wrong.

1. Visit the Instagram or Facebook accounts of each tattoo studio in your area and look at all of the artists

Each artist has their own style and you want to make sure that you don't hate your tattoo. Even if you get something simple, their style will come out in your tattoo. You don't want to walk out of there with something you completely hate.

2. Go in to the tattoo parlor and actually have a conversation with the tattoo artists of your preferred store

Bring an adult with you, someone you trust and someone that has a clue about tattoos, they will know what to look for, you want to make sure that it isn't dirty, you can ask to see their needles and they will show you. Do not bring your friend who is your same age and who has never gotten a tattoo themselves, chances are you will both be nervous and not know the right questions to ask.

3. Please take the artists advice as to what to do for aftercare

Do not listen to your friend who can't even take care of an infected earring, they most likely do not know what they are doing. And do not ask someone who got a tattoo 30 years ago, everything aftercare wise is different now and if those people care about you, they will tell you to listen to the artist.

When they tell you to use a certain type of topical ointment, use it, make sure you clean it properly, and most parlors will give you a detailed list of instructions, you can usually find it on their websites also (if they have one).

4. Do not be afraid to tell them that you don't like something

This thing is going to be on your body forever, so make sure that placement is correct, size, everything. They are just the ones doing this for you because you can't do it yourself, it isn't their fault if you tell them something incorrect because they ask you about 10 times to make sure that it is correct.

5. Do not itch it or pull off any scabs

This should be self-explanatory, you do not want to pull off scabs because you could mess up the ink, let the scabs fall off naturally and the itchiness is just from the new skin forming, DON'T ITCH.

6. Eat something light and bring snacks and water with you

Especially if this is your first tattoo and especially if you are prone to fainting, you'll feel a lot better if there is something in your stomach, and definitely do this if the tattoo you are getting is going to be a long session.

7. Look up your state's tattoo guidelines and make sure that you are following the rules

A lot of states have guidelines for getting tattoos, this includes placement, some are not able to tattoo on the head, face or neck. So make sure before you decide on a place that you are able to get it there.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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California Is Officially Banning Animal Testing, This Is A Hop In The Right Direction

What many people fail to realize is that cruelty-free makeup is a huge deal to animal rights activists because of the terrible things that occur to the animals that are being used.


As of September 4th, 2018, California became the first state to ban animal testing for beauty products. The ban will be in full effect after 2020, but this is a huge hop in the right direction for animal rights activists and animal-friendly beauty lovers alike.

Although plenty of brands have gone cruelty-free, the vast majority of companies still test their products on animals before releasing them to consumers. This is obviously problematic and an example of how we as humans tend to treat the lives of animals as if they aren't worth as much as a human life. What many people fail to realize is that cruelty-free makeup is a huge deal to animal rights activists because of the terrible things that occur to the animals that are being used.

First off, these animals are often in captivity for their entire lives, and contrary to popular belief are not just rodents and bunnies; plenty of puppies end up being tested on as well, particularly beagles because of their size and relatively passive nature.

Plenty of animals have been killed after having products tested on them, but the methods are rarely humane, especially after the torture the animals must deal with in order to be test subjects.

Beauty product testing is often done on the skin to see if it reacts well or causes a reaction. In many cases, a reaction does occur, leaving these animals to deal with their condition or be killed in favor of a "clean" test subject.

Hopefully, other states will follow suit and ban animal tested products and put an end to the suffering of these animals. The official bill states that after January 1st, 2020, no products will be sold that were knowingly tested on animals, allowing more transparency between brand and consumer, as opposed to the sometimes tiny and cryptic symbols that have become the norm in telling whether or not a product is cruelty-free.

Remember: until this is in effect, and until all states put it in effect, look for the little bunny symbol on all of your beauty products (or better yet, switch to a vegan brand, such as the Fanciful Fox, Jeffree Star, or Kat Von D) to ensure that your routine is not at the expense of an innocent life.

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