I want to get a tattoo on my hip, and another on my rib,
how badly will it hurt? how intensely will I have to take care of it, is it worth it? and where is the best place to get it done?
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Do your research carefully and check out the studio and the artist before you go. I asked for recommendations from friends and looked for places that were approved by my local health unit. I spent about a good year doing research and kept the design around for that year to make sure that design was what I wanted. Pick an artist that does work in a style you like, I had to do some searching until I found what I wanted. Quality will cost you more but its worth it, as is travelling if you find an artist you really like. Great tattoos are not cheap and not done quickly either. If you are afraid of the pain, don't get one, if you have any doubts, don't get one.
I have one on my ribs, about 2” by 2”, took over an hour. The pain wasn't that bad, felt like a cat sinking its claws in a sunburn. I felt it the most on the less bony parts of my ribcage. They use two depths of needles, one longer for the outline (stings a bit more) and a shorter one for the shading. It was a bit tender for a few days. Also figure out where you carry your weight. Most hip tattoos will stretch at some point, ribs less likely so. Get an eyeliner and draw the rough sketch on before you decided to see if you even like the location. Henna works too.
After-care was simple, just time-consuming. No swimming until it is healed (2-3 weeks, they recommend waiting 8 weeks). You must never pick at the scab even when it itches like crazy. Wash and treat it carefully. If it's on your ribs and high enough, you can't wear an underwire bra for a few days. Follow the after-care steps from your artist religiously and its no issue. You might need touch-ups either shortly after it heals or a few years down the road, so realize that as well.
If you are questioning if it is worth it or not, don't do it. I love mine, it has meaning to me and it was worth every penny.0