Getting a tattoo can be an artistic expression, a spiritual experience, a rite of passage, or just a fun way to commemorate an event. But it wasn't so long ago that sporting body art in western culture carried with it an element of taboo or negative connotations. These days, however, ink has become decidedly more mainstream. Even if you're totally stoked to take the plunge, you might be surprised to know there are quite a few signs you're not ready for a tattoo, according to tattoo artists themselves.
If you truly regret the work you've gotten done, you can always invest in tattoo removal. Unfortunately, that's not the most budget-friendly option. In my experience, you're better off waiting until you are 100 percent sure about the style, location, and size of your tattoo instead of hastily getting inked only to leave the shop with a heaping dose of buyer's remorse. I have my fair share of ink, but I can assure you that all of my pieces were discussed heavily with the tattoo artist beforehand to ensure I'd be happy with the final result. So if you're considering going under the needle, check out these signs that you aren't ready for a tattoo just yet.