A tattoo is a form of art work that is put on your body with a permanent ink. Many people use it to symbolize loved ones who have passed or haven't passed, cover scars, to symbolize a time in their life, etc. There are many reasons people get tattoos.
They come in all shapes and sizes. You can get tattoos that are as small as the tip of a nail or ones that are so big they can cover whole parts of your body, if not the whole thing. Tribal designs, butterflies, and names are some top tattoos that people get.
To become a tattoo artist you have to have the talent to draw. You buy your own equipment and have to practice to become good before most places with hire you. It's best to practice on fruit with tough skins or leather before you do it on real people. Tattoo equipment is sold at many stores, it's best to go to a local tattoo parlor to get the best information on where to get equipment and how to get started.
The reason that tattoo's are permanent is because they use a little needle with ink on it that repeatedly pokes your skin. It pokes so deep that it is permanent. Most times tattoos do fade a little bit but it will always be there. There are some ways to "remove" them these days. Some processes can be painful and very expensive.
Tattoos can hurt especially if you get them done on parts of your body where there are bones or muscles. Most times you will bleed when you are getting it done also but that will stop. It normally only takes a couple of days for your skin to heal after getting a tattoo. As long as you take care of it and do what your artist recommends you do, you're tattoo will be vibrant and healed within a matter of days.
Picking your artist can be a tricky task also. You definitely want someone who has a good artistic background. When looking for tattoo artists ask to see their portfolio. If they are any good they will have a book of tattoos they have done. Take a look and see if it that person is what you are looking for!
I hope you have learned a little bit more about what tattooing involves. People get tattoos for so many reasons and it is such a beautiful form of art work. If you are planning to get a tattoo then don't hesitate to look around for the best tattoo artist for you and make sure the design is something you want to live with forever, because it is permanent!