Peru South America

What You Need to Know Before Getting a Tattoo During Your Travels

There is so much excitement when it comes to visiting a foreign country. Where you don’t speak the native language and you’re unfamiliar with your surroundings… but what else can you do to create an adventure?

Committing reckless deeds tend to make a trip more memorable… So what about getting a tattoo as a permanent reminder of the wonderful memories created during the journey? 😉

It didn’t take much self-convincing before I went down to the front desk of my hotel for nearby tattoo recommendations. I checked out a few shops in Miraflores before I settled with Danny’s Tattoo shop on Schell Street. There was an English speaking staff member that helped me with translation.

Getting a tattoo overseas is adventurous, but it doesn’t mean it should be risky. Have fun but also be safe. Here are some things to keep in mind after you’ve decided to get a tattoo in a foreign country:


1. Find a translator if you don’t speak the language. If you don’t speak Spanish and you find yourself in a tattoo parlor in Peru, make sure you have a translator with you. Whether it’s a good friend or Google Translate. You don’t want to use sign language when it comes to getting a permanent mark on yourself… You don’t want to ask for a rhino and end up with an elephant on your thigh.

2. Learn the currency and figure out how much you’re willing to pay. Take the time and do the math. Convert to foreign currency to your own so you know how much you’re paying for what you’re getting. If the price given doesn’t match your budget, check the next shop. Feel free to bargain, but be reasonable.

3. Check out reviews of the shops. The more reviews there are on the location, the better. If the shop has bad reviews, obviously find another place. If there are no reviews… I wouldn’t risk it, but the choice is yours.

4. Know what you want to get before you walk in. Especially if you don’t speak the language and you had trouble finding a translator… To speed up the process, have an idea of what you’re interested in. Whether you want a butterfly or a lion, just know for yourself so the tattoo artist can show you the related arts he’s done and get your own design started. Or just bring your own!

5. Make sure clean and sanitized tools are being used. This applies to anyone anywhere when it comes to getting tatted. If the tattoo shop doesn’t look the most sanitary, you might want to find another. Needles come in contact with your flesh, so make certain that they are fresh and not reused- reused needles can pass on transmitted diseases. The artist should unwrap the needle right in front of you.

Thanks to Danny, I got two tattoos (one small and one mid-size) and a touch-up for 400 Peruvian soles, that’s approximately $120. Getting a tattoo is so thrilling, and it is so much more exciting when you’re doing it in a foreign country!


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Address: Calle los Pinos 114 Of: 209 Miraflores, Lima, Peru


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