Bozeman's Tattoo Alley's Answers to Your Questions
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What advice do you have for a first timer? How big? Where?
Tattoos are a personal expression so these things are entirely up to you. A good tattoo session is between an hour and three, so think about starting with something you can finish in one sitting. As far as where, remember you will want to look at it so perhaps you don't want to get your first one in a place you cannot see. Also, try and think of places that will not keep you from being employable to start with. The face and hands might not be the place to start with. Once the tattoo is there, it is not easily coming off.
Ultimately though, get what you want, where you want it, as big as you want.