So, you have finally decided to apply tattoo on your body which is a good decision since you can flaunt with style after undergoing this unique procedure which is gaining worldwide popularity.. You have the right design in mind but don’t know where to give shape to your plans .

Well, the hardest thing is to find the best tattoo artists as there are many of them available in the market claiming to be the best one. Finding the right tattoo artist is extremely important as the tattoos are permanent and will be a part of your body and life forever.

The decision of selecting such an artist should not be taken lightly, instead, take your time, research more, and choose the artist from whom you get the best vibes and with whom you are most comfortable with. Consider using some of the important factors that are outlined below as they can be really helpful for you to find the right artist or shop.

Understand Your Requirements:

Before you find the right tattoo artist, it becomes very important to zeroin the pattern of tattoo which you want to don on your skin. This is because it can really influence your decision on selecting the apt artist.

Walking right into the tattoo shop and selecting a particular tattoo that is already there in their profile is something that is apt decision for the people who have already applied multiple tattoos on their body and not a good choice for the new entrants like you.

They can really it if something goes wrong as it can get camouflaged with the existing tattoo. Instead, it is advisable that you take time, research the type of design you want, take a print, and then visit numerous tattoo artists to seek their opinion.

Recognize The Best Tattoo Artists Based On Their Proficiency:

Every tattoo artist are different and specialize in a particular area. It is not necessary that if one particular artist is good in a master of particular design or
pattern, it doesn’t mean that he/she is equally proficient in another niche. Therefore you have to be sure what kind of tattoo you want and search for the tattoo artist accordingly.

Get Recommendations:

If you don’t want to try any random tattoo artist, then you can obviously ask your friends and relatives who already have a tattoo and seek recommendations about that particular shop and artist. You can ask various questions like how was your experience working with the artist, was he/she proficient to handle your design, how was the cleanliness of the shop, and lots more. Based on the recommendation of your friends or relatives, you can visit such shops and see how you feel. Here, you’ll get genuine reviews and can definitely help you to shortlist the best tattoo artists.

Scrutinize Their Work:

Scrutinize the previous and recent works of the recommended tattoo artists, by visiting their social media page, their work portfolio by visiting their shop, see them doing a tattoo on one of their clients, etc. Even the number of followers and reviews on social media pages can influence your decision significantly. This will allow you to build enough trust in the ability of the tattoo artist which can help you select the right one.

Check Out Their Equipment And Shop:

If you like the skills of the tattoo artist, fine, but it is equally important
for you to check out the ambiance of the shop and equipment used by them. Is the shop clean, do they use medical-grade use and throw needles and tubes, how do they sterilize the equipment, etc. are some of the important points which should also be considered before you get yourself tatooed?

A tattoo is a way to express your thought process and ideas to the public and no one would like to ruin their body by applying useless diagrams or reprsentations, therefore searching for the reputed, experienced, and the best tattoo artists is always advisable.

By: Nivi Watson

‪I still can’t get over how long it took me to be seen by my GP (even though I had a pre-booked appointment), combined with the waiting time at the hospital (which was running TWO HOURS behind schedule), yesterday.

The whole process took FOUR hours, but could’ve been done in two. The NHS is doing its best all things considered, but there’s no denying it deserves better.

How will you be voting next month?

Remember: the NHS is currently understaffed, undervalued and underfunded. It’s going further and further downhill. Our health, and the health of our nearest and dearest’s relies on it. The emergency services, hospital and care staff deserve better.

I’m not going to tell you how to vote, I don’t have it in me. But, I’m just trying to make you better aware (from a personal experience) that the NHS is on its last legs. Something’s gotta give! Do the right thing.

‪We assume our parents’ lives will mirror ours. If our parents split up when we were young, we’d split up with whoever we are with later in life… Wrong.‬

‪There are parents out there who’s love stood the test of time, but ended up giving birth to children who ended up getting a divorce. Love is a personal experience, it isn’t hereditary.‬

‪Love sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t. In the same way that ‘not all love works’, not all love doesn’t not work (in other words: ‘works’).

‪The right kind of love is invincible and lasts the test of time. You just have to find the person worth putting up with. ‬

‪I’ve learned not to expect to be the person who is being put up with (because not many people can put up with me), but to actually be the person who puts up with it. Since adopting this mindset, I haven’t been disappointed.‬

‪Not all love is meant to end in a breakup, hatred/animosity. The right love lasts forever. That is what we all deserve, whether that’s individually or not. We all (individually or not) deserve better.

I’m, as I’m sure you are, tired of the same old shit. The same old story. The same old broken record. The same old circles.

Let’s all agree to accept our fears, our demons, and our limitations, because nothing will ever change unless we do.

Acceptance is the first step to ‘change’.

We’re all stubborn, nervous and lack the capability to communicate in situations. So, it is what it is, it’ll be what it’ll be.

We will always remember our first and/or deepest loves, regardless of the circumstance.

‪‪The internet, for me, is not about the amount of connections I have, it’s about the ones I know in real life.

I know I can’t talk on the subject because mine is more modest, but I’d like to think that even if I had loads, I’d still maintain the same belief.

My belief is that unless you are a brand, a business, or a well-known/recognised figure in the public eye, you shouldn’t worry abou the amount of likes/comments/connections you have. ‬

‪I blog, but I don’t blog for followers. I blog because it’s a diary (or my chance to talk about things that matter to me, or review products).

The online realm, for me, has over time become a mere distraction… It’s a filler for the lack of responsibilities I currently have.

I’m lucky in that I’m still living at home, planning on getting my first house, going to work… That’s what I live for. I don’t have the responsibilities of other people my age who might already be married or parents.

Once I marry, I’m getting straight off it because the internet does more damage than good. The online realm would’ve served its purpose in entertaining me for as long as it needed. Life is a journey. We hold on to things until we no longer should. Everything serves its purpose eventually.

So, if you take away anything from this post let it be that I cannot stress enough how unimportant it all is. Of all the online connections I’ve made, how many can I call in a crisis? Have I tried to bring certain online connections into my real life? Yes. However, none of the ones that have chosen to remain strictly online will be aware.

Also, do you really think I will allow Mark Zuckerberg et el to have photos of my future children? Facebook is the first platform I’ll remove myself from.

I don’t need the online realm. I just choose to want it for now. There’s a difference. [Yes, I went through a phase where I thought I needed it, but I had an epiphany and haven’t since – wisdom is a beautiful thing.]

Like I said, I‘ve always used the online sphere to connect to people I don’t know IRL and even as my diary. I’m so grateful for the connections I’ve made, and will continue to make – for sure. But, I used to use it as a platform to showcase my happy times, but would disappear off the face of the earth when I wasn’t happy or in a good mood. (I’d even delete posts that made me look like I was going through a hard time.)

Eventually, that mask started to slip. Because, NEWSFLASH: I am human and not happy all of the time – in fact, probably most of the time. (That’s the truth, not a sob-story. We all go through shit. I just have quite extreme mood swings. It doesn’t help that I’m a woman with hormones and periods).

I genuinely was embarrassed of my mood-swings and erratic nature, so I’d tried to hide it. But, I’m proud to announce that 28 years in, I’ve finally accepted myself, even if most don’t choose to.

I’d say that overall, I’m happy 10-20%, unhappy (in recent times) about 30-40 and an equal mix of angry, insecure, and confused with a hint of neutrality the remainder of the time…That. Is. Me. I make no apologies and won’t hide that. You shouldn’t either.

Look, the last thing I want is for people to have the wrong perception of me… Although, I’ve learned that if people are addicted to seeing us in a certain way, they’ll do it anyway, even if we go as far as dissecting ourselves in front of them…

Followers will choose to follow us regardless. People will choose to be around us IRL regardless. The followers who we know IRL are a bonus. That’s what we have to understand.

There is nothing that can keep a true person from us. What’s real can never fade, regardless of how hard we try to push it away.

To conclude, how many of our online connections can we call in a crisis? Not the ones who we don’t have IRL, right?

The web really isn’t everything – unless it’s something our career or public image depends on, in which case we’ve no choice. However, even then, we do. We’re selective about what parts we show and how we’re being marketed.