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  1. Getting a tattoo is a big decision in your life; after all, you have to live with your decision for the rest of your life. That’s why you should not rush the process of getting one until you are absolutely sure what you want. The days of the misconception of tattooed people are a thing of the past, and now you can get a tattoo without it affecting your life or how people see you. However, this doesn’t mean that you should jump into the process without thinking about the consequences. In this article, we will go through the things you should consider before getting a tattoo. 1. The Design It is really important that you don’t rush the process of picking a tattoo design. Usually, it ends up horribly wrong, and you will regret your decision after a few years, or want a cover-up. The key to selecting the right design is research. There are lots of ideas online, and you should search until you are absolutely sure what you want. The best way is to go with meaningful tattoo design like symbols or names of loved ones, personal mantras, or anything else that has a meaning for you. Maybe you want a horse tattoo because you won a lot of money while betting on the Breeders Cup on TwinSpires? Sure thing, but be aware that you might regret that later. Remember, your tattoo design might look cool now, but you might be ashamed of having it in the future. When it comes to your tattoo design, you should also consult with a tattoo artist. Tattoo artists are great for picking up a general idea and transforming it into a unique tattoo that means something to you. Also, they will tell you about the position of your tattoo and is it good to survive for many years. 2. Tattoo Placement Since we touched a bit about tattoo placement, it is time to dig a bit deeper into this subject. The design of the tattoo collates with specific body parts. Also, the size of the design will have a serious effect on the longevity of the tattoo. If you get something too small, the chances for getting the tattoo smudged after a few years are high. Remember, your skin will not stay the same forever. If you want your tattoo to be private, you should pick a spot that is normally covered in clothes. Another thing to consider is that different parts of your body produce different levels of pain. Generally, parts covered in muscle or fat will hurt less than tattooing an area where there are lots of bones. 3. Reason for getting a tattoo There are many possible reasons why you would want to get inked. Some people do it just because they appreciate it as a form of art; others have more in-depth meanings behind their tattoos. Either way, you have to question yourself, why do you want one. You don’t have to have overly sentimental or profound reason to get a tattoo. Just make sure that whenever reason you come up with, you stand by it. 4. Timing is crucial You can get a tattoo anytime you like, but there are optimal times for this procedure. The best time for getting a tattoo is during fall or winter when you have more clothes protecting the tattoo during the healing process. Also, the sun is the sworn enemy of a freshly inked tattoo. Too much sunlight will harm your fresh tattoo by possibly causing irritations and early fading as well. 5. Skin Allergies There are many skin allergies that can occur upon tattooing. No matter how minor it is, you need to consult a doctor and talk about whether getting a tattoo would be a good idea. You never know you, your skin will react to being drilled with multiple needles and having chemicals inserted into it. The point is you need to take extra precautions before getting a tattoo. Final Words Getting a tattoo is a big decision in your life, and you have to think about the process before jumping in concussions. Also, pay attention to the requirements of the healing process that the tattoo artist will tell you. These things can affect how your tattoo looks forever. We live in times where people are getting tattoos every week, but be careful not to be carried away from the process. It is a fun process that needs a safe approach with lots of research.
  2. Many of the world’s top sports stars have eye-catching tattoos. In fact, in some sports it is becoming increasingly rare to see tattoo-free athletes these days. Yet, have you ever stopped to wonder whether this type of body art helps them or holds them back? There are a few key factors to take into account when assessing this matter. Added Confidence Whether you are in the NFL, the NBA or some other league, the need to be supremely confident rises as you get to the top of any sport. In fact, an unshakeable belief in their own ability is one of the key factors that set the big stars apart from others. Does having the right tattoo instil more confidence in them? Some studies have certainly shown that people with tattoos feel more self-confident than those without them. It might seem like an insignificant matter, but every little bit of confidence helps at the top level of the sporting world. If you take a look at the top NFL players or the latest odds of the NBA (click here to see) you will witness a lot of tattooed players at the top level. Having tattoos might not be what has got them there, but it hasn’t held them back either. The Intimidation Factor Trying to strike fear into opponents is another key concern in many sports. The likes of boxers and MMA fighters want to feel stronger and more aggressive when facing their opponents. Having a tattoo is a part of this, just like putting on a tough stare or flexing your muscles. The right kind of tattoo might inspire the person who has it but terrify another. They can also help us to appear bigger and more muscular than we really are, in some cases. If you can put some doubt into the heart of your rival then you have gained a small advantage that could make all the difference at a crucial moment. The Physical Benefits of Tattoos The previous points are difficult to prove, as they largely come from the feelings that flit through the heads of athletes as they play. However, scientists have also worked hard to find solid evidence of the physical benefits offered by tattoos. The American Journal of Human Biology published the results of a study that pointed out some interesting effects of tattoos. They found that body ink can enhance the immune system, lower stress levels and possibly even made us less susceptible to feeling pain, all of which are extremely useful for sports stars. Problems Sweating? There have been very few negative issues discovered relating to tattoos and sports stars. However, researchers at the Alma College, Michigan have looked into the matter of whether tattoos make it more difficult for athletes to stay cool while competing. Their study suggests that it can be more difficult for the body to release the sweat droplets needed to stay cool while we work out. They looked at 10 tattooed people and found that the sweat rate dropped from 0.35mg per centimeter on clear skin to 0.18mg/cm/min on tattooed areas. What Does All of This Mean? It is easy to see why so many sports stars like to get tattoos. There are several benefits to doing this, some of which are obvious while others aren’t so clear at first sight. The only drawback appears to be the fact that tattoos may stop up from sweating as freely. It isn’t clear how big a difference this makes to an athlete’s performance, if any. So it is seen as something that is beneficial overall. Taking all of the above factors into account, it is likely that athletes carry on getting more and more tattoos, to give them the increased confidence and added intimidation that can make a big difference.