Thailand is a dream destination for tourists from all around the world for a lot of reasons. We have burst-with-flavors cuisine. We have beautiful beaches, lush green mountains, bustling city life and golden serene temples. Smoothly and intricately woven threads of multicultural influences will wake up all your senses and bring them to life.
One of the things people like to do when they come to Thailand, is to get tattooed. With our history of sak-yant tattoos, the auspicious ancient symbols, tattoos became the perfect souvenir. The tattoo industry is growing fast. In touristy cities, you could almost find one in every corner.
Here are a few tips that can help you plan and enjoy your “tat-cation” to the max.
1. Choose places you’d like to go.
There’s so much to see in Thailand. There’s the mountains of the North and beaches of the South. There’s also Bangkok Metropolis, which in itself provides endless possibilities. Landing in Bangkok for a couple of days of the Bangkok experience before you hop down to the South for some beach time and then the more mellow but vibrant time in the North is what a lot of people like to do. Some choose a region and spend all their time there. Either way, you’re bound to have a good time.
2. Beach first or beach last?
Ideally, getting tattooed should be the last thing you do before you leave Thailand, especially if you plan to hit the beach. Tattoos, when freshly done, should not be exposed to direct sunlight nor soaked in water. Beach without sun and sea would not be much of a beach, would it? Be mindful though, sunburn will also eliminate your chance of getting tattooed. So screen up and moisturise your skin.
3. Budget your tattoo in ahead of time.
With the vast availability of information in our internet world, you don’t have to wait to shop around for the right artist. Especially if you’re looking to get a big piece, contact your prospect artist and discuss your ideas ahead of time. This will allow you to budget for the piece and not end up cutting yourself short on a quality tattoo.
4. Plan on meeting with your tattoo artist before your appointment.
This will allow you and your artist to talk over and finalise your design as well as allowing you to check out the studio/shop. You’d want to make sure you’re dealing with a reputable, clean and professional shop and not be surprised to find out otherwise on the date. It also allows the professional, reputable artist the time that is needed for proper planning for your tattoo. Then, putting down some deposit to confirm your spot is customary and recommended. This guarantees your time slot and eliminates unwanted surprises for both parties.
5. Prepare yourself for a good experience.
You can do so by getting good rest and eating well before your appointment. Do not drink alcohol and minimise coffee intake before your session. Bring along some snacks if you’re having a long session. Refueling makes you feel better.
6. Follow the after care instructions.
No one wants to deal with infections while on vacation. With proper after care, your tattoo should take 2-3 weeks to heal. What you do during that time makes a huge difference in the quality of the piece.