I'm in the middle of something called an "almost mid life crisis." I think it's time that I finally get a tattoo. The thing is, I don't know anything about tattoos. I don't know how much they cost, I don't know how much it hurts and I don't even know what I should get.

I'm new to the Capital Region and I would like my first tattoo to be significant to my time and my life here in Albany. Someone said to me "get an Albany tattoo."

That posed a serious question: what is the "Albany tattoo."

I had a friend once tell me that when you finally come up with a design you're happy with to hang onto it for a year and if you still like it then it was safe to pull the trigger on that ink gun.

This sketch is my "Albany tattoo." I'm going to hang onto it for a year and see if I still like it.

In the meantime, what are the best tattoo parlors in the Capital Region?