04/17/2014 02:40 pm ET Updated Jun 17, 2014

Things You Need To Know Before You Get A Tattoo You'll Regret

A well-thought-out tattoo is a beautiful thing. An impulse tattoo? Not so much. We sat down with professional tattoo artist Billy Gray and found out the top 10 things you should know before getting your first tattoo. Whether it's choosing the right shop and artist or picking the right design, he'll help guide you so you know what to do and what to expect for your first tattoo experience.

What's the number one thing you need to know according to our expert? Be prepared.

Tattooing is a painful process, so make sure you're ready for it when you go to get one. Depending on the size of your piece, you might be sitting in that chair for many hours and the last thing you want is to be in the wrong state of mind. Get yourself psychologically ready for it and you'll come out on top.

Also, make sure you're healthy. Being drunk, hungover or sunburnt is never a good idea when getting inked -- it will make the whole process that much more unpleasant. You want your skin to be in tip-top shape before you start. Being physically healthy will help make it a much better experience.

For our 9 other tips on getting your first tattoo, click here.