Getting a tattoo is a big commitment. Whether you look at it as a serious choice, in which you need to consider a variety of things before going and getting inked, or you get your tattoo on a whim, there are things that you need to know that will come up after you get your tattoo that you might not think about or consider, regardless of how much thought you put into the initial decision. There are things tattoo artists wish you knew after you got a tattoo that might not be secrets, necessarily, but that all too many people disregard or don't hear or consider in the first place.
Generally speaking, your tattoo artist is a serious expert and the things that they take the time to tell you or otherwise share with you are important and worth listening to. Though not every single tattoo artist is going to know all there is to know about tattoos, skincare, and related topics, particularly if they're young or relatively new to the industry, as James Maynard, a tattoo artist and owner of Last Morning Tattoos in Joplin, Missouri, tells Romper, if your artist tells you how to take care of your tattoo, what to avoid, or anything else, you should definitely take note.
If your tattoo artist doesn't give you much information, however, or if you didn't hear them or listen to them for whatever reason (getting a tattoo is exciting, after all), you might not know that there's still a lot that you need to know (and do) after getting a tattoo. From lotions to sun protection and more, tattoo artists wish that you knew quite a few different things, even after leaving the tattoo studio.