If you’re about to get your first tattoo, (or are considering it), you must watch this video first. Pro tattoo artist John Mesa sits down to give his insights into everything you need to know before getting a tattoo.
Mesa is full of practical, non-judgemental advice from the perspective of an artist. For example, Pinterest is a respected tattoo inspiration source! (Just in case you felt sheepish about your pinboard).
Coming prepared is key; drink water, bring snacks, be clean, and come well-rested (i.e. NOT with a hangover). Speaking of alcohol and drugs, if you’re high or drunk, you may still be inked; “If you come in the right mood, I’m okay with that”. Good to know!
Mesa discusses tattoo placement in relation to the different parts of the body. He advises to “let go of the reins” when you’re getting a sleeve, as some people tend to micromanage the artist. He then gives sage advice about neck and throat tattoos, warning that they will change your life.
A must-watch video for anyone considering stepping foot in a tattoo studio. P.S. don’t bring all your buddies.