I have 17 different tattoos between my arms and chest and save for the one on my ring finger to replace a wedding band (work related choice) they aren't visible when wearing a long sleeve shirt. This is a rather common thing in the military and seems to be growing in the civilian sector as Vets try to reintegrate over the last 10 years along with just becoming more acceptable. Whatever reason you choose to get one it's (generally speaking) permanent so... 1. Be mindful of where you want to put it. While it's becoming more common, it can still negatively reflect on you at work. Safe bet is to have it in a spot that is covered by typical work dress. Keep in mind that after it's done, you're going to need to put some cream or ointment on it for a bit every day, it's going to scab and it will be covered for the first day or to. Depending on work clothes, that can be a pain to deal with. 2. Don't get something that comes off the "flash art" wall. That's all the little pictures of preset designs. They are a dime a dozen and odds are, someone else is walking around with them. Spend the time and money with an artist to have them sketch something you come up with that's personal. It costs more than just pointing at a wall or in a book and saying, "That one" but it's more than worth it. 3. Whatever you have done will fade. It fades more quickly if you expose it to sun or if you don't take time to put some kind of cream or lotion on as a regular thing. Personal choice. Fading means fine line work can look smudged after a while. You'll either have to deal with this or deal with getting it touched up. I don't get mine touched up but that's for my own personal reasons. I'd think twice before deciding on something with a bunch of thin lines or shading/shadows. They'll degrade or look "blown out", which is that smudged look. 4. Don't get something based on an emotional decision in the moment. It has meaning for you at the time but those emotions in the moment also fade. You're going to have this ink till you're buried unless you have it removed. You think you'll feel the same way 1 year from now about something emotional? How about in 20 years? People usually ask about ink when they see it so consider having to answer those questions and how it might sound. Or you can just tell people "It's my tattoo" and leave it at that. 5. Take the time to pick an artist. Doesn't matter if you get a simple circle or something that takes multiple visits to finish; check their portfolio. Do not just go in, pick something and sit down with the first person who greets you to get ink. Usually shops have folks who specialize in some stuff more than others. Don't get the guy that likes doing squares to give you a circle.