For some, it’s just another inking. For others, it’s more of a life-changing decision. Few would disagree that tattoos split opinion, and this is even more the case in New York.

However, in relation to NYC, they have become much more accepted. Once upon a time there was a law that banned people from getting tattoos in the city, but now there has been a significant period of time since this was changed it seems as though perceptions have changed as well.

This is something that Douglas Grady has stayed on top of. He knows the tattoo industry inside-out and if you are based in New York, and thinking of getting a tattoo, read on to find the best tips to help you along your way.

What are the current tattoo trends?

While some of you might have a firm design idea in mind, for others this won’t be as concrete. As such, let’s start with what’s hot when it comes to tattoo design in New York for now.

At the moment, the big trends surrounding black work. This has to be contemporary, with a lot of designs focussing around an American and Japanese feel. Sure, both of these cultures are quite varied, but as long as you fall into either your tattoo will satisfy the modern-day trend guidelines.

How can you prepare yourself for the procedure?

In terms of the process itself, this is what a lot of people fear who have never had a tattoo inked in the past.

Fortunately, it’s not usually as bad as you expect. A lot depends on the artist you choose and as long as they have plenty of experience, the pain will be minimised. In addition, if they are using high quality tools and pigments, it stands to reason that it’s going to be a lot easier for you.

Many believe that a lot of the pain is “in your mind” anyway. In other words, if you can talk yourself out of any negative feelings before the procedure, when the time comes the process will be a lot easier to conquer the occasion.

Whatever you do, don’t go to the procedure on an empty stomach. Make sure you have eaten well, and perhaps give your body some sugar as another coping mechanism.

What should you be wary of after the procedure?

If you have chosen your artist correctly, you should be given plenty of information about the aftercare. Nevertheless, the main message is to be to keep the area completely clean. To do this, make sure you use unscented products, as anything that doesn’t fall into this category might irritate the area.

You will usually have to leave your bandage on up to 12 hours, while it will take a further 48 hours before the tattoo starts the dry healing process. This process can be relatively long, and doctors for example advise not subjecting yourself to any swimming or sun exposure for the next two weeks.

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