Tattoos are personal and there are no two ways about it. It is very important that while choosing your first tattoo you do not just pick a design that looks attractive.
While that might get you quick rave reviews from your friends, in the long run, the real utility of a tattoo is usually lost. It will not be symbolizing something that you passionately relate to. While getting a permanent tattoo done, do remember the fact that it will stay with you lifelong and you must also like it as you get older.
So, the design must have a timeless appeal that will not outgrow your taste, which you will not come to dislike as years go by. Not what others think, but what you think matters, because it is your body.
It is easy to fall prey to latest fad and get swayed away by it, but one must not be hasty. Choose your design carefully and with deliberation, know of the various options that you have and pick accordingly. One might forget to consider that tattoos are means of expressing something that an individual wants to associate him/herself with and random selection is a very poor idea.
So, you take your time and settle on something that will seem the most ideal. Moving on, the next most important thing is certainly the location of the tattoo. You can flaunt it or keep it to yourself, the choice is entirely yours.
If you will not mind having it done at a place where people can observe, go ahead. But if you are an intensely private person and want no one else looking at it, strategically placing it is the thing to do. Also, face is an area that should be usually avoided for all practical reasons.
Since, this will be the first tattoo, decision making might be tough. Make sure you really want it and then have it the way you exactly want. You tattoo is your own, and your love for it is more important than anybody else liking it. Get inked and start your tattoo journey with a bang.