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5 Life Lessons I Learned from Getting a Tattoo

I recently got a new tattoo. As the artist was working I had a lot time to think. This usually ends up being the groundwork of a new blog or me taking a lot of time to think about the philosophical impact of a lifetime of watching cartoons.

5 Life Lessons I Learned from Getting a Tattoo

Luckily, this time gave me time to think about the 5 life lessons I learned from getting a tattoo.

1. Plan Ahead

5 Life Lessons I Learned from Getting a Tattoo

Getting a tattoo is a rather permanent decision, so you don’t want to rush into it. I did research on a good tattoo parlor, read customer reviews, looked at the artist’s book of previous work, and thought a lot about what I wanted. Because I had taken time to plan ahead I felt prepared for getting my tattoo and confident in my decision to do it. I also didn’t want to get stuck on one of those tattoo mistake web pages you see all over Facebook.

This is a good approach to many decisions we’ll make. Finding a new job, getting married, and going to college are all big decisions that we should take time to research and it’s nice to be prepared. If you’re going to be making a big decision, it’s best to take some time to think about it.

2. It’s Going to Cost Something

5 Life Lessons I Learned from Getting a Tattoo

Tattoos aren’t cheap. I’ve spent $230 on the two tattoos I have. But, I very much love my tattoos and consider the money I spent on quality work to be worth it. I always knew it would cost a lot to get good work done, and there were options that were cheaper, but I wanted to pay for quality work and a good experience.

When we instigate a change in our lives we have to expect it to cost us something. It can be time, money, or something else entirely. But when we want to

3. It’s Painful

5 Life Lessons I Learned from Getting a Tattoo

There’s a certain amount of pain that comes from getting a tattoo. For my last one I sat in a chair for two hours with a needle puncturing my skin over and over again. It doesn’t feel great, but it’s not the worst thing in the world. I knew it would be uncomfortable, but I also knew the end result would be worth it.

Fomenting change in our lives can be really painful sometimes. It can put a lot of stress on us and the process is not always pleasant. But if we keep the end goal in mind it can all be worth it in the end.

4. Not Everyone Is Going to Be Supportive

5 Life Lessons I Learned from Getting a Tattoo

Tattoos are still very much a touchy subject to some people. Usually, the people who love tattoos really love them and the people who don’t like them really don’t like them. I have a fair mix of people in my life. They range from loving tattoos, to hating them, to not caring one way or the other. I wasn’t really surprise at the various reactions, but some people I know have been.

When we make changes in our lives we can get some surprising reactions from the people around us. Some people will be supportive, some will be unsure, others won’t care, and there will be people that are outright against your decision. It’s always good to talk to your friends and family and get their input on major life decisions. They may have wisdom to share with you from their own lives, and it would be silly to ignore that. But there will be people that are against your decisions for reasons you simply don’t agree with. That’s alright, but ultimately you have to do what you believe is best for you.

5. It Can All Be Worth It

5 Life Lessons I Learned from Getting a Tattoo

I’m very happy with both my tattoos. I planned ahead, I had the money to spend, I endured the pain, and I love the work I had done. ‘Nuff said.

When you change your life in a big way it might be hard and take some time, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Putting your time and resources into something positive pays off big in the long run. You just have to stick with it.


What kind of positive change are you going to make in your life today? It doesn’t even have to be a big decision, even a small start can lead to something big in the long run. Get out there and change your life for the better today!

I want to thank Kisi and Mohan’s Tattoo Inn of Kathmandu, Nepal for the great service, safe environment, and beautiful work they did. If you’re ever in Kathmandu and want a tattoo it’s definitely the place to go.

5 Life Lessons I Learned from Getting a Tattoo


About Luke Geldmacher

I grew living on an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Currently, I live in a 40 acre farm in Cookville, TX. I sometime write about life issues, but my passion is sci-fi and fantasy storytelling.

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