Thinking about getting your first tattoo? Any ink enthusiast will tell you that there are a lot of rules to consider — it's not something you do on a whim. Getting the exact artwork you want is a process that starts long before you arrive at the parlor. So we've created this comprehensive calendar. It includes everything you need to know: tips for finding the right artist, safety measures to follow, and aftercare instructions.
Tattoos need appropriate treatment, both in the immediate days after getting it and over the long haul. Failure to do so can create complications; in a best-case scenario, lack of care can lead to dry, damaged skin that affects a tattoo’s appearance while in a worst-case scenario, neglecting immediate aftercare can create an infection around the tattooed area.