12 Jun If you've been thinking about getting some new ink, there are a few things to consider first (it is permanent after all). New York-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., and tattoo artist Becca Roach from North Star Tattoo, who's responsible for the unicorn tattoo on Lady Gaga's thigh, share their expert. 29 Mar Getting your first tat is terrifying and exciting, and you (and your parents!) probably have a million questions. How bad will it hurt? How do you know a parlor is safe? How much will it cost? Here are all the things you need to know before you get inked for the first time. 1. Prices vary. Tattoo parlors adjust. 23 Oct Sun exposure and water submersion can damage a new tattoo, so beach bums in particular will want to avoid getting a new tat in the summer. Spring and early autumn are the most practical. You won't burn, but you can also leave any arm or leg tattoos exposed rather than covering them up with irritating.