Considering getting my first tattoo in a few months… any advice/tips?

I originally didn’t plan to blog until next year, but I have the biggest urge to get a tattoo of a simple quote in my inner left bicep (don’t worry, this is not on impulse, I’ve been thinking of getting on for a while and now just worked up the courage to do so) aaaaaaaaaaaaand, I need advice/tips from those who got inked!


Design / /
I’m planning on getting the quote “be at peace, not in pieces.” tattooed in either Arabic (تكون في سلام، وليس في قطعة) or Punjabi (ਅਮਨ ਤੇ, ਨਾ ਟੁਕੜੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੋਣੀ). Right now, I’m in the process of getting the phrase translated by my friends that are native speakers of the language; I originally found the Arabic quote on Tumblr but seeing all those horror of mistranslation of languages tattooed, I’m making sure it’s getting translated by a native speaker instead of trusting the internet/Google translate.

Size / /
Not extremely small. Perhaps, like picture #1 (below) or picture #4 (below) but in a clearer script. So, I guess a medium size?

Tattoo parlor and artist / /
I’ve already found my ideal place to get tattooed, and I trust the staff at the store because I’ve gotten pretty much most of my piercings done there. The staff is super friendly, knowledgeable and calm. I’m planning to head down there sometime in January to get a consultation.

Approximate ideal location / /



Experiences & Pain / /
This is my first tattoo so I don’t have any experience whatsoever. However, I have multiple piercings (cartilages, ears, nose, tongue and navel) and none of them was painful whatsoever. I don’t know my pain tolerance, I’ve always thought it was low but the fact that I’ve gotten a lot of piercings without flinching proves otherwise?? I’m not sure. I enjoy getting immunization shots too… so it’s safe to say I don’t have a fear of needles. I’m a fairly skinny girl but my biceps does have some meat to it, lol.

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Any tips for reducing nerves, pain, or aftercare process? How was your first tattoo experience like?

Also, pleaseeee help me choose between Punjabi or Arabic. The phrase was originally written in Arabic so it looks beautiful, but I love (and everyone knows this) India and the Punjabi culture which is why I’m considering Punjabi. I feel like I’m leaning towards Punjabi more but in terms of the design and look, I feel like Arabic is slightly more beautiful and creative.

11 thoughts on “Considering getting my first tattoo in a few months… any advice/tips?

  1. I really like how you're thinking through about this. And I think thats a really nice quote to have. I'm too scared for needles to ever brave though that. And I guess after this one you'll actually have something to write in your experience section 🙂


  2. In my opinion the most important thing you need to think about is does the tattoo have a meaning. I think that you are less likely to regret it in later years if it does. But as I said that's my view.As for the pain….I know it's different for everyone but from my experience and I have two tattoos, it is painful. From what you said about having piercings, and them not hurting its a different sensation, with a piercing it's over quite quickly, but with a tattoo depending on the complexity of your design and the size (and in your case) how thick you want the text the needle will be going over the same place multiple times. That's what I found hurt the most. Especially with my first one. I'm not saying that to put you off though I just wanted to tell you my experience :)After care depending on where you go they may give you something or tell you what to use. Whatever they do make sure you finish it. Since you want it on your arm it should be fine, because with my 2nd one I couldn't reach it properly so there's one section that didn't heal as well as the rest.Also, I'm sure you've read it places but as they heal they really itch and it can get really annoying but I found that if I put on the cream/gel when it started itching it helped loads.Umm sorry this is such a long reply but I hope I've helped even just a bit. If you'd like to ask me anything else you can find me at : xx


    1. Don't apologize for your long reply, I love reading about your experience! I agree, having a tattoo with a meaning is the most important thing. I've been through so many designs but I felt like nothing suited me in the long run until I found this one. I'm super nervous about the pain but I then again, I can understand having a needle going at your skin a billion times will be painful nonetheless. Thanks for your advice on the gel!


  3. I love the quote!! I have 9 small tattoos and arms is one of the least painful places to get them. I personally compare it to a very sharp pencil being dragged against your skin, it hurts but it's over pretty quickly. As for the aftercare just make sure it's keep washed and gets some air sometimes, not always covered, I never buy the expensive cream they sell at the shop, just a decent moisturiser to keep it from getting dry or flaking off to soon. Good luck with the tattoo, I look forward to seeing it.


    1. 9 tattoos?! I'm already jealous and I haven't gotten my first one yet, haha. I know tattoos hurt, but from what I've read online, there's a lot more people saying the arms aren't painful compared to people saying it's painful. Thanks for the advice of not buying the expensive cream, the tattoo parlor's tattoo prices begins at $75 and an hour is $150 already so I really don't want to buy anything else after that, haha.


  4. I have one tattoo and I got that back in October 2012. I don't have any piercings besides my ears and those were done at age four. I didn't do really anything to reduce the pain during it. It did hurt, but I have heard other places hurt more than others. Mine was on my back shoulder.


  5. I love the placement of the tattoo! I would really like to get a tattoo there after I get married. I don't want any of my tats showing in my wedding pictures, but I do still want them! I like the Arabic one! Though I am partial because my boyfriend has some friends that are Arabic and I'm fascinated by their lifestyle. I have one tattoo, and I thought it was going to be painful, but it wasn't. I'm not in love with my tattoo anymore, but I still like it, and I do want more! Mine was on my lower back, and I think it's more painful if you think it's going to painful. After awhile, it starts to just feel like someone poking you over and over. It's always good to have someone with you who will let you squeeze their hand though, just in case it does end up being painful. I don't know how that part of the arm will feel; it depends on how much muscle and fat you have there. The more you have, the less painful because it won't hit the bone. Good luck! I am a huge fan of tattoos (not in an excessive way, but in a meaningful body art way), and I can't wait to hear your story once you do it!


  6. I have one tattoo and I'd have to say that I think you pretty much have things handled. You know what you want, where you want it, how you want it, I think now you're just anticipating the pain lol and I don't blame you. I was so psyched out because of all of these horror stories people told me about how painful a tattoo is and I got mine on my ribcage so it was double the stories. I think it depends on the individual. My artist was really cool and we laughed and swapped photography stories while he did mine. It literally felt like falling on pavement and scraping your knee, that stingy feeling you get – it felt like that over and over again. So, for me, it wasn't that bad. I think you'll be fine. I've heard of some people taking over the counter pain meds beforehand but I don't think it's recommended lol


  7. I loooooooooooooooove the idea! I think I like it in Arabic more, it just looks nicer…as horrible and vain as that sounds haha. I have two tattoos – one on my shoulder and one on the back of my thigh and hey, I actually fell asleep (both times) when I was getting mine done. Legit. I'm a weirdo. Both of mine kind of just felt like someone lightly pinching me. Obviously not bad at all, since I fell asleep and everything 😉 Can't wait to see it petal!


  8. I've never heard of that quote before but I LOVE IT. It really speaks to me and I'm excited for you to get it tattooed! I have 5 tattoos all in different places, and I actually have a pretty decent sized tattoo (of a film strip shaped like a heart) in the place you're thinking of getting it. Everyone told me it would hurt like a B*TCH but it actually didn't hurt at all when I was getting it tattooed. HOWEVER, the next day it felt like someone had laid a hot iron on my arm. I think that was just because I had a very detailed, shaded one. If it's just words you should be fine!


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