What's it really like to get a tattoo? Our own editor Jeremy Glass volunteered to show us by adding another to his growing collection. Tattoo No. 17 honors his family dog—who's alive and well, in case you were wondering.

We headed to Gnostic Tattoo in Brooklyn where tattooist Leaf Chang created the detailed piece you'll see in the photos. Before you scroll, check out the video below, where Jeremy tells us more about his tattoos—and why he started getting them in the first place.

You decided to get a tattoo. Hurrah!

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

You found the right shop.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

Still searching? Here's our handy guide.

First you'll fill out some paperwork and agree to the shop's policies.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

The artist will sketch your design or show you what he or she already sketched.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

You'll finalize and approve your design.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

You'll select the placement for your tattoo.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

The artist will sterilize and shave the area.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

Then place the stencil on you.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

You'll get one final look.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

The artist will make sure all the tools are ready.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

You'll get (semi) comfortable in a chair or on a table, depending on the tattoo's placement.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

The artist will add ink.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

And start tattooing. No turning back now!

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

It won't hurt (much).

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

And before you know it...

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

You'll have a shiny, new tattoo.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

Lastly, the artist will wrap it up and provide aftercare instructions.

Jeremy Tattoo - Gnostic Tattoo

Shot on location at Gnostic Tattoo. Special thanks to Leaf Chang, the staff at Gnostic, and Jeremy Glass

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