For the past few months I have been seriously mulling over getting a tattoo. Nothing massive, just something like a Celtic swirl around my bicep, or some tribal thing on one of my forearms. I don't really want to talk to anyone I know about it, as I feel I want it to be a private thing, so I have questions for those of you forumites who already have tattoos. I'm aware of the need for the parlour to be reputable and sanitary etc, and have narrowed it down to two places near where I live. I also know that I'll have to talk to the artist beforehand and can get any concerns I have out of the way, but I thought I'd mention it to your helpful people
How much are we talking, ballpark, for a design that I mentioned above?
How much pain am I likely to feel?
How long does the procedure take?
How long before the tattoo starts to fade?
What if the artist bungles the design and I dislike the end result?
How long before it heals and can be sported openly?
Cheers in advance...