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Tattoos: DO or DON'T?

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We're not sure how we feel about Katy Perry's new tattoo, but while we continue to think it over, we thought it would be helpful to ask an expert: what are the DOs and DON'Ts of getting inked? Louise Howells, our social media manager, got her first tattoo when she was just 16 - she knows what she's talking about.
DO have an idea of what you want before you go for your tattoo. DO find a tattooist that you trust, and DO have a consultation with your tattooist before you have it done - and then take at least a day to think it over.
DO be open to discussing what you want with your tattooist, but DON'T turn up to have it down without a clear idea of what you're looking for. DO make sure that you research the tattooist's other work - he or she will have photographs on hand.
DON'T think about the pain - focusing on it will only make it worse. DON'T take paracetamol or drink alcohol beforehand - they thin your blood and can make you bleed more...
DO pick your tattooist because you like his or her style, and DO think about whether or not your tattoo will still be fashionable in a few years. Remember when the Spice Girls all had symbol tattoos? They're a definite DON'T now.
DO discuss the location of your tattoo with your tattooist - it's important to make sure that the shape of the picture works with the part of your body where it is placed.
DON'T get a tattoo just because your friend has got one. And DON'T get your boyfriend's name tattooed anywhere.
DO remember that tattoos last forever - and while they can seem expensive, that's nothing compared to the cost of having them removed!
 
Check out the work of Louise's tattooist, Liam Sparkes, here. And for another perspective, have a look at this brilliant blog, curated by writer Emily Gould, which is packed full of great stories about people's first tattoos.

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