The stigma behind body art is quickly disappearing and making creative tattoos a norm rather than an anomaly. As tattoo artists gain recognition through channels like Instagram, it’s easy to get inspiration for your own ink. If you are thinking of getting your first tattoo, you need to take into account more than just the artwork though. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of 10 steps to ensure the tattoo you choose is one that you’ll love forever. Don't get a tattoo too early in life. Getting a tattoo before the age of 18 is almost a guarantee for regret. For one thing, it's unlikely that a professional tattooist will do it, so you'll have to take a risk with an amateur. If you are young and want a cartoon character tattoo, picture one of your parents with a Yoshi tattoo and think again. It is worth it to wait. There is no rush. Don't be cheap. As they say in life, you get what you pay for. At the end of the day, remember that it's the art that you want, not a bargain. Don't go to just any tattoo shop. If you don't do your research, you may end up with an artist who does poor work. Don't tattoo a person's name on your body. Not even your child's. Don't leave a tattoo unfinished. Save up and make sure you can pay for the full tattoo at the outset. It is not cool to walk around with an unfinished tattoo. Don't get a tattoo by a random tattooist. Even if you're on vacation and the tattooist is on the beach. Not a good idea. Don't take tattoo aftercare advice from friends. Get your advice from a reputable tattooist. Don't get a tattoo from a friend. Letting someone practice on your body is very kind of you, but it's a recipe for disaster. Don't get a tattoo while intoxicated. Although it's unprofessional, some tattooists will do the work as long as you pay. Don't take anything that will cloud your judgment or delay your healing, or you'll be sorry. Never tell the tattooist to do whatever they want. You are the one who will wear it, so think for yourself. If you see something you don't like while they're working, don't wait to say something. The mess will only get bigger and more difficult to fix.