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ROMPER.COM — Getting a tattoo is exciting, especially if it’s something that you’ve wanted for a long time. Like any big decision, however, there are things you need to know and consider before getting that ink permanently embedded on your skin. You’ve done your homework — you’ve considered what design you want, where you want it, and how it’s going to affect your body — but there are also some surprising things you don’t realize are going to ruin your tattoo if you don’t address them right away or take steps to prevent them from happening in the first place.