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ImageWhat do Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Katy Perry and David Beckham all have in common?

They are just some of the many fans of tattoos. Closer home, it's B-town actors like Deepika Padukone, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan, who have all got 'marked'. While the concept of getting a tattoo is very exciting, there are certain things you should know before getting one.

Be prepared
Before going in for your tattoo, you should know/remember that it is permanent, hence ensure you choose a design that you can live with. Very often, people get inked on a whim and then regret it. So, ensure you want the tattoo and are not doing it to please anyone else. Choosing a good reputed tattoo parlour is equally important. Take a shower just before your tattoo appointment. Put on some comfortable clothes and eat something before going as needles can make some people faint.

Dealing with the pain
Getting a tattoo is painful, so keep that in mind. If you have a low threshold for pain, you can opt for a numbing cream. What also helps is getting some form of distraction. Try bringing along your music player or get a friend along.

After care
Taking care of your tattoo properly will ensure it lasts you for years. Your tattoo artist should wipe and clean the tattoo carefully, and use an antiseptic ointment. It's best to get your tattoo wrapped in a bandage for a while. This will help the skin heal. Tattoos done on certain parts of the body, like the leg, require additional care, so ask the tattoo artist beforehand. Cleaning the area is important to prevent infection, so follow the guidelines that the artist has given you. Keeping the tattoo dry for the first week is essential. Avoid exposure to sun or chemicals.

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