I love Channel 4’s Tattoo Fixers… I mean love it.
The show has been given some criticism lately, and to be fair, it’s not a genuine representation of how a tattoo parlour runs, or the sometimes lengthy process involved in a good cover-up (as far as I can tell – I am definitely not an expert!), but it does make for good telly.
Anyway, putting aside the controversy, here is a list of things that the show has taught me through the
totally reliable medium of reality TV (ok, I admit it – some of these are just common sense really):
- DO NOT let your friends tattoo you (unless said friend is actually a tattoo artist in a studio and not a random person with a tattoo machine)
- DO NOT tattoo yourself – I mean really, why would anyone do this?!
- DO NOT let your ‘friends’ influence your decision to get a tattoo – see point below
- DO NOT get a tattoo when drunk (especially when on holiday in Magaluff, or wherever, where there are, apparently, heaps of tattoo shops who’ll do any ridiculous design for really drunk tourists)
- Getting an ‘edgy’ or ‘funny’ rude tattoo is a bad plan – the joke will wear thin and you’re left with a permanent design that you’re ashamed to get out in front of the children…
- Never get a partner’s name/portrait tattooed – relationships change unexpectedly; sad but true
- A tattoo can reflect who you are, but sometimes things can change and said tattoo can become a reminder of who you once were – luckily, there is something you can do about it #PutASkullOnIt
- Get your tattoo done in a proper parlour where hygiene is taken seriously
- Before you choose a tattooist, check out their previous work – look at quality of the lines and shading, check out their style to make sure you like it. Hopefully that way you won’t end up with a disaster on your skin.
- and finally, in at number 10… think before you ink!