for the help, really want a star on either my wrist or hip area, love
the look off the star on the wrist but worried when im 90 how it will
look, thats the only thing thats worries me and has stopped me so far.
When my wifes mother saw her first tattoo, her first question was, and what about when you're old and walking around an old folks home on your zimmer with a tattoo, my wife reply was, 'mother, all the other old fogeys will have tattoos too'
Simple fact is they're more common and socially acceptable than they ever were.
Think about why you buy a picture / poster / painting / sculpture, it speaks to you, DO NOT get a tattoo becuase it's cool, you wouldn't believe the number of people with celtic bands that still hang their heads in shame due to the embarrasment of having it 'just because' or having to tolerate the millions of others, especially if they were one of the few first ones to have one becuase they genuinely liked them, i know several who'd quite happily have them removed for this reason.
Visit all the tattoo parlours in your area, immediately disregard any that look unclean and/or have no photo albums displaying work by the resident artists.
A good tattoo artist will take the time to discuss your first tattoo with you, they know how important it is, a good tattoo artist will run a dry needle over the area you wish to have tattooed before you commit so that you can assess if you'll have the tolerance, (the fine lining needle is similar to a cat scratch, if you get tattooed on an area with nerve endings close to the skin it'll hurt more, the colouring / shading is barely noticeable in comparison.
I'd recommend also that you search through copies of skin deep and such for inspiration.
Most tattoo parlours wil have copies littered about for you to browse.
On a final and personal note, i'd avoid getting tattooed anywhere that cannot be covered by everyday / work type clothes, while they are more socially acceptable there are still many people who cannot see past a tattoo and this could be problematic in potential future job searches etc
Oh yes, to add also, fading is nothing to do with being exposed to sunlight, (with the exception of fresh ink which should never be exposed to strong sunlight or salt water / chlorinated water, especially red ink, has a nasty reaction to sunlight).
It's related to your bodies acceptance of the ink used, (cheap tattoists use cheap ink BTW), and your bodies resistance to the foreign body being injected and it's insistence on healing.
On detection of the ink as a foreign body your body will create a layer of collagen over the damaged area to repair it, some bodies do this more excessively than others and it is this that gives the impression of ink fading over the years