4 key things to consider before you get your first tattoo


As you’ll already know if you’ve spent any time exploring the freshest threads we have to offer at Dead Legacy, we’re not averse to a bit of body art. In fact, it’s fair to say the guys who so slickly model our designs know exactly what they’re talking about when it comes to going under the needle. Around 30% of Britons between the ages of 25 to 39 have a tattoo, and if you’re thinking about joining them, there are a couple of things we have to get straight with you first. For example, you should definitely be thinking about…

1. Taking your time

Getting a tattoo means marking your body for life. It’s a big decision, so not one to hitch onto on a whim after a Friday night bender. (In fact, important point – never get a tattoo when you’re drunk. Alcohol thins the blood, which is not what you want when you’re being stabbed by a needle thousands of times a minute.) The design is the most important step, so make sure to collect as much reference material as you can. Any pictures, colours or symbols that look like – or are exactly – what you want, make sure to take them in with you.

This is especially true for portraits or faces – like those you can see on the arms of our top guy modelling our Dead Legacy Gold Skull T-Shirt!

gold skull

2. Your tattoo artist

Arguably just as important as the design of the tattoo itself is the skills of the dude (or dudette) who’s going to be doing it. After all, you might have the best design in the world, but if your artist hasn’t got the talent to render it onto your body, all of that goes to waste. (This is particularly true if you’re going for something as ambitious as our man modelling our Navy Copacabana Swim shorts.) Choose your shop and your artist based on their skills, experience and health standards, and don’t forget to check their portfolio well in advance to make sure you like the look of their work.

Even better, get yourself into the shop in advance and ask questions about their processes. If they don’t answer to your satisfaction, or if you can’t get them on your level, maybe reconsider your shop!


3. The placement of your tattoo

For your first tattoo, you might not want to choose an area that’s hugely visible, like your neck, face or hands. It’s a big commitment and depending on what industry you work in, it could even affect your employment chances. True, in an ideal world it shouldn’t, but there’s no denying that it could. If you work in a creative or people-oriented industry, though, and you’re planning on staying there, they might be more forgiving. Newer companies with younger management probably won’t be as fussed, either. But if you’re planning on taking a sideways step into a different industry, you’ll definitely want to think about having it in a place you can easily cover up.

4. Your pain threshold

Alright tough guy, we know you’ve got a soul of iron and bones of steel – but let’s be real here for a second. We all like to imagine we’ve got a high pain tolerance, but tattoos hurt, period. If you’re going for one on a meatier area like your thigh or bicep you’ll have less to deal with than if you get one on a bonier area like your wrist, ankle, spine or chest (like the one seen here peeking above Dead Legacy’s Until The Sun Comes Up Vest). Not only is this worth taking into consideration when it comes to placement, but when the time comes to finally settle into that chair, be aware that it’s going to hurt and don’t be afraid to ask to stop. Your artist will always give you plenty of chances to take a breather.

until the sun comes up

To be honest you could fill a book with good tattoo advice – and quite a lot of people have – so we’ve summed ours up into these four basic points. If you’re planning on going ahead with it, don’t be afraid to do more research! In the meantime, why not check out the legendary style featured in our holiday edit?

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