Getting inked for the first time is a special moment in any man’s life. So, you have finally gathered the courage to get your first tattoo and now you want to feel as prepared as possible. There are a handful of things to consider in advance so doing your research is always a good idea.
The Artist & the Design
The two most crucial questions to answer are “What exactly do I want to get tattooed?” and “Who is going to do it?”. You can check local artists in your area on Instagram or just ask around. Before making a choice, make sure you see the tattoo artist’s previous work. When it comes to the idea and style for your first tattoo, you can keep it general and get a clearer vision after you meet with the tattooist.
You might find it useful to create a folder with the designs and artwork you like and look at the images later. Your tattooer doesn’t have to make an exact copy of an Instagram picture but it’s a good starting point.
Consultation & Price
Most artists offer a free consultation, which you can use to show them your ideas and determine how long it will take. You can discuss adding color and where the design will be tattooed, as well as the price. An in-person consultation is what you should aim for because you want to see the place too. Look for signs that the tattoo artist of your choice keeps a clean station, tools, and materials.
A Prep For the Day
Before the big day of getting inked for the first time comes, you should know approximately how long it will take to have the tattoo done. Prepare accordingly and make sure you have some food beforehand. Always keep a bottle of water on the side too. Alcohol is not recommended on the day before getting inked because it thins your blood and your skin might not react well to the ink.
Essentially, a tattoo is a fresh wound on your skin and this means it will itch, blister, and shed for weeks to come. It’s very important to take good care of the spot afterward. You can use coconut oil as a more environmentally-friendly substitute for after-care products and apply it over the tattoo in a thin layer. When you are taking a shower, wash the area gently with soap and water.
35+ Reddit Users Shared Photos of Some Strange Things They’ve Seen
Reddit is where you go when you want to read about the strangest encounters people have had. Today, we go through a gallery of such snaps that’ll make you say, “You have got to be kidding me!”
Equipment Found in Hell
At first glance, we honestly thought that this thing could be a prop used in horror films. Between the pointy hooks and the jagged “rope” hanging from the top, we have to admit that we were pretty spooked until we figured out what it actually is — a beam scale.
Stabby Thing on Wheels
Getting the wrong package or losing your mail can be super frustrating, but the blow is softened if something memorable comes out of it. A Redditor received someone else’s mail by mistake and it had arrived all the way from Jamaica — the neighborhood in Queens (NY), not the Caribbean country.
Upon opening the package, they found a sharp piece of equipment that they referred to as a “stabby thing on wheels.” Don’t fret, though. It’s nothing dangerous. You can actually use this unique-looking tool to get rid of weeds that grow in the crevices and cracks of your home.
A Mug Rack
Anyone who has lived on their own for a few years might have an idea of what this next item could be. The kitchen cabinet came with a hooked apparatus of some sort and the Redditor had no idea what to do with it. Enter — the internet.
It’s simply a mug rack, a place to hang your mugs after they’ve been washed (to drain the water). After all, having 18 different mugs scattered around the kitchen table isn’t wise.
Keyhole in the Wall
If you ever saw a key like this ingrained in a wall, what would you think? Years of pop culture might give us the perception that it unlocks the gate to a different world, or more “realistically,” a hidden room filled with secrets and treasure.
Don’t get your hopes up. This is a Knox box. If you’re not familiar with this term, it’s a little, wall-mounted safe that holds the keys to a building for emergency medical situations. Now, that’s pretty nifty!
The Sushi Is Great
Restaurant owners try many unique tactics to attract customers. Sometimes they’re a huge hit, like with most themed restaurants, and sometimes they fall flat on their face. It’s hard to understand what category this place falls under.
A particular sushi place exchanged its regular chairs for something no one would expect — toilet seats. While this does seem interesting for a split second, we can’t help but think that this design decision was made in poor taste. Who would want to sit on a toilet seat while they eat their meal? Not us.
Where Are You Going?
At first glance, this picture gave us a little spook. You would think, “Where are the child’s legs and arms?” The fact that this kid looks so happy is somewhat disturbing if you’re not aware of the context, or what’s actually going on.
If you carefully observe, you’ll be able to see that the child is pretty young and thus, he’s quite short. In contrast, the jacket is pretty big — big enough to envelop the entirety of the child’s body and create an eerie illusion.
At Least it Works
How stingy can you get? If you’re a veteran, you might remember the American TV show from 2012, Extreme Cheapskates. The concept of the show was to display the lives of people who would go to extreme lengths to save even a penny.
While being sensible with your expenditures is a great thing, sometimes, it can end up taking an unhealthy form. In this case, the driver here didn’t have or want to hire any mover, so they took matters into their own hands.
Zoom Zoom Zoom!
We all know and love the fastest superhero the world has ever seen — Flash. His specialty, like his name suggests, was being able to move within a flash. Of course, it would be physically impossible for a human being to acquire his skills, but you could surely give it a try?
With that said, who even has the time to train when you can imitate Flash with the perfect pair of socks. It even has the superhero’s signature earpiece emblems.
What Is Your Favorite Color?
Colors are important parts of our surroundings. In fact, they’ve been known to regulate moods to a certain extent. We all have a soft spot for a particular color that we try to incorporate into our daily lives.
Whether it be the shade of your room or that of your shoes, your favorite color exists within you somehow, someway. Not for this lady, though. She’s very clear on what her favorite color is and has done almost everything to express it — apart from screaming it out loud, of course.
Two Socks and One Shoe
If you don’t wear socks with your shoes, we’re sorry, but you’re a monster. Socks protect our shoes from sweat and bacteria that build up on our feet, reducing the chance of that ghastly odor that erupts when someone takes their shoes off.
However, we do recommend only wearing one sock at a time. There simply isn’t the need for a second pair and this woman should understand that. Aside from the pantyhose, this woman is also wearing a pair of sock-stilettos. Yes — apparently those are a thing now.
A Different Christmas Tree
What defines the spirit of Christmas? The smell of a delicious feast wafting through the air? The decorations adorning every house, every streetway, potentially every nook and cranny? Or is it the shiny tree illuminating the house when the lights dim? If you love a good Christmas tree, you will definitely hate this.
One Redditor posted this picture in which an office was forced to get creative because they didn’t have a Christmas tree. All those inflated latex gloves, plus the fairy lights are really something, huh?
She’s Into Daisies
Hairstyles are easily one of the key elements of a look. You can express yourself using your hair — whether it be your mood, the occasion, how much effort you were willing to give in that moment, and more. It’s completely fine to decorate your hair with any accessories you want regardless of your age or gender.
If you like to keep your hair down even when it’s 40° outside, do it. If you have a designated hairstyle for every occasion, great! If you want 200 daisy clips on your head, that’s cool — whatever floats your boat
It’s Completely Ecological
Global warming and environmental pollution are raging topics these days. If humanity isn’t careful, we could end up with an inhabitable planet quicker than we think. Government and private-owned businesses are constantly innovating to bring more eco-friendly products to the market.
However, this car’s owner has taken the meaning of the word “green” to a whole new level. Carpeting your entire car with fresh blades of grass is a bold move. On the bright side, it doesn’t need to be watered.
Still a Fair Warning
Imagine you’re casually standing on the side of the road, waiting for the bus or your Uber to arrive when suddenly, an entire carcass falls on your head. For any normal person, this would be one of those moments where you slip into a minor cardiac arrest.
Why on Earth would a random animal carcass drop on you? What sort of weird black magic is this? No, they aren’t raining from the sky. And while the company behind this did leave a fair warning, we can’t help but wonder why this is a thing that people need to watch out for.
Falling Into Nature
In times where everything is weighing down on you and there’s no way left but to unwind, it’s time to be one with nature. The tranquil environment with its radiant greenery and the damp-mud fragrance is enough to transform anyone’s mood in seconds.
However, how far would you go to be “one” with nature? Your answer could be a hike or a trail but most people probably wouldn’t answer, “I would relieve myself in nature.”
Works for Pets Too
New Year’s Eve is a stressful time. It can be enjoyable if your schedule is jam-packed with fun activities involving friends and family, but it’s still a ton of pressure. Waking up the next morning with a throbbing headache, your body giving off a stench of smoke and drinks — not the best feeling.
And we’re sure this pup will agree considering that he looks like he just had a wild night out. At least he looks better than we would after partying until dawn.
Always Be Extra Careful
Locking your bike in extra tight — we’ve all been there and done that. Losing a precious vehicle to a petty thief can single-handedly ruin anyone’s day, even if only a piece was stolen. Take this bicycle, for instance.
A Redditor shared a painful image of his bike with a missing tire. After attempting to break the lock multiple times, the thief must have gotten tired and decided to take the entire wheel. Next time, maybe lock the bike from the wheel.
The Pringles Monster
Pringles — the stackable potato-based chip snack that is easily one of the world’s greatest gifts. We won’t lie about the fact that we’re salivating a little. Perhaps the person who opened this Pringles can had the same sensation and couldn’t contain their excitement, or impatience.
That still doesn’t excuse how they mutilated the packaging. The silver foil seal is there in order to keep the chips fresh and believe it or not, but it can be easily removed with a gentle tug. We don’t understand the culprit’s need to stab a hole in the foil, rather than simply peeling it off.
Melting the Plate
Buying your favorite artist’s music is always a good feeling. Apart from the happiness associated with owning a piece of merchandise, there’s the satisfaction of knowing you showed your support. One Redditor brought home a record released by rock group Mayday Parade.
A vinyl record, it can be played using a record player or simply framed and hung on the wall. Unfortunately, the universe had some very different plans, according to this photo. It’s difficult to say how this happened (we assume extreme heat), but the record melted and crimped beyond repair. Then again, though, this could make a cool bowl or dish now!
Gave Him a Haircut
Groom your pets, people! These animals deserve the care, plus it helps keep them healthy and clean. A part of the population prefers to bring their pets to a professional animal groomer while others would much rather save on the coins and do it at home.
If you’ve mastered giving your puppy a haircut, kudos to you. If you’re still learning, make sure to steer clear of mistakes like this. A Redditor’s mom tried cutting their dog’s hair and it was a hairy disaster.
Safe and Sound
Delivery services are either super careful when it comes to handling your packages, or they completely disregard simple instructions and throw your order around as if it’s a baseball. If you use a service that falls under the latter section, here are our condolences. While the delivery person usually leaves a package at the doorstep before knocking to get the recipient’s signature, this particular delivery guy decided to switch things up.
From the looks of it, the box is quite thin although it’s larger in length. Not only was it leaned up against the wall but it was then “covered” by the welcome mat. Our only guess for doing this was perhaps the recipient specifically asked for the package to be placed under the mat? But then again, didn’t they know how big the package would actually be?
Let’s Go for a Ride
Car art is a real thing and it can get creative as heck. The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is a tourist attraction in which you can see 10 evenly spaced Cadillacs buried halfway into the ground and covered in graffiti.
Inspired by that, many try to bring some aesthetic elements to their car, whether it be stickers or accessories. There’s a lot going on with this car but the elements live in a harmonious balance.
London Cheese Cake
We didn’t mess the spelling up — we know it’s cheesecake and not cheese cake, but this is no cheesecake, people. The famous New York cheesecake is a dessert staple everyone must try at least once in their life.
The soft, fluffy creamy cheese mingled with the crumbly graham crackers crust offers a delectable treat, but the chef who made this had no clue. They might have snuck their way into the job. Shredding up mozzarella cheese on a piece of cake doesn’t make it a cheesecake.
Let Kermit Out!
The Eric Andre meme of him banging at a gate and screaming, “Let me in!” is an internet favorite. We use it in a lot of contexts — when your family won’t open the door after you’ve knocked 11 times; when you’re in line at the movie theater to get the tickets to a premier; when the teacher won’t let you into the Zoom class.
However, Kermit feels the opposite as he’s actually stuck inside the car. As Kermit the frog clings to the windows, we can’t but hope he has since been released.
One Unique Holder
It would take an antiquity expert or an older person to recognize this contraption at first glance. A Redditor found it with a bunch of old tools and couldn’t understand what it was from the looks or functions. We bet you can’t either.
It doesn’t attach to anything, it can lock in place, and the middle bit can rotate to unravel two straps of fabric. Any guesses as to what it is? It was made to carry books. With the straps acting at handles that go around the book pile, you carry with the wooden holder.
Interesting Wooden Hairpin
To us, this wooden piece resembles a pair of forceps at first. The author of the post mentioned how they’ve had it around for a while, plus the fact that it’s lightweight and wooden but very smooth despite that.
It turns out that this thing is actually a hairpin — to be more specific, a hairpin with prongs. Both ends go into a bun and hold it in place. There are versions with just one edge.
Green Plastic Scissors
From the get-go, it’s obvious that what we’re looking at is a pair of scissors, but the construction and material have us stumped. The plastic body features plastic teeth and metal loops with no identifying marks. From the looks of it, we’re thinking that this could be some sort of herb trimmer. And we’re right!
Springs are pushed into the loops, the teeth are closed, and then the stalks are gradually pulled out. Given how obsessed the world is with introducing new and “unique” products into the market, we aren’t shocked someone thought of this mechanism.
One-Sided Iron Contraption
This iron contraption seems to be something out of a historical drama or movie. We could totally visualize one of the characters of Game of Thrones having one around their finger, using it to pass orders. To our great dismay, its purpose is not half as cool.
The interesting tool opens on one end and is a cast-iron whip holder/buggy. Whip holders are generally made of leather, which leads us to believe this might be from the ancient times when humans jumped into battle with horses and silver swords.
Treasures From the Kitchen Drawer
When moving houses, people tend to leave some belongings behind. It might be a large item like an actual cabinet, or it might be something stuffed inside the kitchen drawers. A Redditor found two unusual gadgets in their newly-bought home and wanted the internet to break down what they were.
The green one is used to peel bananas whereas the blue one is an orange peeler in the shape of a beaver. The tail can scrape the peel off while the tooth cuts lines in the outer shell.
Finding a Fossil
Stumbling upon an ancient relic isn’t an everyday occurrence. These special instances need to be recorded, and what better way to do so than snapping a picture? And that’s exactly what this particular Reddit poster did after he retrieved an old mechanical device from a dumpster.
Looking at it, we can tell it’s heavy. Confused as to whether this monster is a mechanical calculator or a cash register, the poster turned to Reddit (and Snapchat) for help. Their hunch was close. This device is an Odhner Model 1049 – a mechanical calculator from the ‘50s to ‘60s.
Ancient Egyptian Scripts
Grandmas should live for a hundred years. Not only because they love us unconditionally and are somehow the best cooks in the world, but also because they hook us up with cool vintage — or historical — items from time to time. A Redditor got this scarab from his grandmother who believed she got it from Europe a long while ago.
The hieroglyphs scribbled on the underside and significant shape give it an overall Egyptian vibe. You can get it too if you ever visit the country. Apparently, it’s a paperweight tourist trinket.
Magic Magnetic Sand
It’s all fun and bronzy at the beach until you notice a patch of magnetic black sand. One Redditor found some “magic” sand on a beach in Ecuador and was floored by its magnetic properties. Don’t worry — this isn’t any form of wizardry. Known as ironsand, this kind of sand contains a high concentration of iron and features a grayish hue.
It’s mainly made of magnetite as well as traces of titanium, manganese, silica, calcium, and vanadium. It heats up under sunlight, and it can get hot enough to the point that it’ll burn your skin.
Beauty Tools From the Past
A true blast from the past, this hair curler is what you would expect to see twirled into the hair of a stereotypical 50-year-old lady who’s sporting a nightgown. After a Redditor found this in their garage, they were able to make out the small, intricate bits of the gadget.
A tube with brass-made notches and a copper rod equipped with wooden handles. These were used as overnight curlers back in the day. If you’re interested, these beauty tools are still available today at a shockingly high price.
Grandma’s Mysterious Gift
A grandmother decided to play some serious mind games with her granddaughter when she gifted her this odd object from Tiffany & Co. She refused to explain what it was. Approximately four inches long, this tool was most probably bought in the ’30s or ’40s.
The grandma left a small clue that the couple could use to decode the mystery — she herself used it as a young woman but doesn’t have much use for it anymore. The answer is “drink muddler” or “telephone dialer.” You stirred drinks or called people with this little tool.
Three-Wheeled Rotatable Poles
These three-armed poles are situated near a bike stand located outside a tower block in London. The arms rotate, so the Redditor thought they must have a serious purpose that they’re just not aware of.
In reality, these poles are an art installation – property of the Dumont Apartments, Albert Embankment. Art comes in countless shapes, sizes, and concepts. While we can’t analyze this piece, we acknowledge the abstractness of it.
Solid Metal Kiss
What’s your favorite kind of chocolate? Regardless of what the answer is, we can all agree that Hershey’s Kisses are incredible. The way the chocolate melts in your mouth the moment you pop it in perfectly indicates that it is superior to other chocolates and candies.
A woman found a solid metal “kiss” in her candy packet and was naturally curious if it was machinery. The answer is no, it’s not. It seems to be a gauge used by operators to verify the portion size and shape at a glance.
Half Sink / Half Toilet
An object can do two things. After catching a glimpse of this gadget, you might be fooled into thinking it’s multi-purpose. It resembles a sink but it also resembles a toilet, so maybe it’s half-sink, half-toilet?
Unfortunately, it’s a clinical sink you can find in hospitals and treatment zones — used for dumping out bedpans. From the surroundings, we can understand this is where the hospital or clinic’s cleaning is done.
Puzzling Tool From Korea
It’s safe to say that unless you’re from Korea, you won’t be able to tell what this unique contraption is. The plastic circle is covered in blunt spikes facing outwards on the edges and inwards toward the center.
Thanks to the Hangul letters printed on the body, the Redditor was able to understand these hail from Korea. Another Redditor confirmed with their Korean wife that it’s a hand massage/strengthening kit. We’re not sure how it works but we’re assuming it places a focus on acupressure points.
What a New Baby Needs
Amongst the wide variety of people you’ll need to shop for in your life, newborn babies are the easiest. There are a set of products that are considered “good gifts” and as long as you stick to the list, you’re golden.
A Redditor was utterly confused by this gift for their friend’s newborn. Others were quick to point out that it’s a door silencer. It covers and wraps around the door’s latch so it doesn’t fully shut. In addition, the rubber aids in keeping the door silent whether you’re opening or closing it.
No One Knows
As a patient laid in bed, they noticed this peculiar circle with a small red light on the ceiling. The Redditor quickly captured a photo and asked the nurses. To their surprise, the nurses didn’t know what it was.
Before you go passing it off as a secret spy camera or something of that sort, it’s a battery-powered emergency light. When the red light is on, it means the battery is charging and the gadget has power.
Funny Looking Little Tube
These funky little glass tubes were found by a Redditor in their grandmother’s house in Germany. Sadly, they didn’t come with an instructions manual so there was no way to know what it was without the internet. Luckily, though, the web delivered.
These funky-looking tubes are used for flower decoration. A flower goes into one tube, which is then either put on a designated stand or stuffed into a piece of foam with the other tubes. Alternatively, driftwood or flower pots can house many of these floral tubes.
Unidentified Flying Object
Remember the time everyone thought they spotted a UFO from their yards and balconies? Although there isn’t any solid proof that these mysterious objects exist, it is a sensitive subject for some so we’ll just leave you with your faith.
As expected, a ton of people gathered up to capture the photo of this circle in the sky in Erie, PA. Sad news for them, though, as they didn’t really witness something historical. In reality, it’s a smoke ring blown by a transformer that’s dissipating into the clouds.
England’s Four-Way Bench
There’s never a dull moment in England. While driving across Somerset county, a Redditor spotted this peculiar structure near the River Brue. Incredulous, they snapped a photo and put it up on the internet. This apparatus of sorts is a bit tougher to figure out and is used for a very specific, niche market. Any guesses?
These benches are bird-watching points. Given the flora nearby, we understand the presence of fauna. What we don’t understand is how this is better than four separate benches. Then again, we aren’t bird watchers.
Numbered Nail in My House
Locating strange markings in your house isn’t always the happiest of experiences — unless you’re looking for “adventure.” One house had numbered nails hammered into the sides, all in the same row, about five feet off the ground. The history of these numbers is actually rather mellow. This particular home happens to be a Sears Kit House.
Sears Modern Homes were catalog houses mainly sold through mail order by American retailer Sears. These homes can be found along the east coast, midwest states, Florida, and even California.
Chunk of Seaweed
If you were scrolling too fast, this chunk might have looked like a jackfruit at first. A Redditor found it on the beach. They mentioned how it was solid and gave off a strong seaweed smell. Their nasal instincts were leading them in the correct general direction.
This large lump is a type of medium-sized green marine algae called Codium Bursa. These are quite rare, only appearing in selected places of Europe and the British Isles.