Tattoo: A big decision

Choosing a tattoo can be stressful because it is a long-term decision; a tattoo is permanent. Making the wrong decision can be painful and expensive.

There are many factors to consider before you make your final decision, including size, colour, meaning, style and placement of the design, as well as the artist you choose to help you get the tattoo you want.

The bottom line is to take your time and get as much information as you can about tattoos and designs before you decide.

This article gives you a few steps I’ve put together for choosing your tattoo design and tips before you make your decision. The information in this article is based on what I think is very helpful based on my years of experience as a tattoo artist.

I love my tattoos and I hope you love yours in the end! Please take the time to learn more about tattoos.

Tattoo Tips

  1. you can change any design you find anywhere. Maybe you just want a piece of the image or you want to change the colours.
  2. tattoo artists are there to draw for you if you want… don’t be afraid to ask for help in creating a design.
  3. your imagination is the only limit!
  4. think about how your tattoo will be perceived in different cultures. Will it offend anyone? Does your tattoo symbol mean something bad to others?

5.Choose Asian characters wisely. Not only may your idea of what a character means be wrong, it may have a double meaning or some other aspect. Don’t trust the interpretations on the walls of your living room.

  1. think about the kind of tattoo or design you would have got 10 years ago and ask yourself if you still want it now. If not, maybe don’t get a tattoo.
  2. The #1 type of tattoo that people want removed or covered up (besides homemade tattoos) are names! Unless it is a dead person’s name or your child’s name, they are too difficult to deal with!

8, You may want a tattoo with another family member (friends may be too temporary to risk) that matches or goes together. You may also want a tattoo with a family symbol such as a coat of arms or surname.

9 Your tattoo doesn’t have to have a deep meaning. Don’t be afraid to get a cartoon character if you really love it!

  1. it costs more to get foot, hand and face tattoos because they require more touch-ups and more time and attention to heal. Some artists may also refuse to do these types of tattoos unless the person already has tattoos in more visible areas.

Start deciding!

Follow these steps before you make your final decision:

  1. ask yourself why you want to get a tattoo. Do you want to have something you love on your skin forever? Are you doing it for someone else? Are you glad you’re old enough to get a tattoo without your parents’ permission? Are you getting a discount? Think about each reason why and why not.
  2. Ask yourself if a tattoo will affect you at work or in other scenarios. It’s probably not worth losing your job. Also check if there are any rules against tattoos in other organisations you are involved in, such as sports or volunteering.
  3. choose your design:

Make sure the design is meaningful to you and that it is a reflection of who you are. It should be something you love, enjoy or hold dear. It can be in honour of someone else. Why are these things important to you?
Think even harder about word tattoos. Make sure you know and understand the meaning of the words, their origins, etc. When you choose a design, make sure that it fully represents you. Don’t forget to choose the perfect font (or make your own)… fonts create moods and feelings.
Look at other tattoos and designs that are already out there, but don’t limit yourself to what’s already out there. Look at books, posters, stationery, stickers and everything else, not just the designs on the walls of tattoo parlours.

Choose where you want it:

The placement of your tattoo on your body is very important. Do you want it to be visible every day or do you want to cover it up for whatever reason, be it work or leisure? Think about the clothes you wear, the way you wear your hair and the activities you take part in and how they affect your tattoo.

  1. colour choice: do you want your tattoo in black or grey? Do you want it in full colour? White? Will the colour fade more quickly on certain parts of your body? Think about the pigmentation of your skin and how well the colour will match.
  2. create the design:

Be creative. Sometimes it just takes a little practice to draw your own design.
You don’t have to do the design yourself. You can ask a tattoo artist to do it for you. Many are conventional artists who can at least copy an image that you might want to use as the basis for your design. They can also temporarily reproduce it on your skin and redesign a drawing they have made.

How big do you want your tattoo to be?

Think about where it will go and whether you want to show it off at all. How much will it cost?

Choose an artist:

Think about the style of tattoo you like best and find a tattoo artist who specialises in that style. Although many can achieve a wide range of looks, they usually have specialities. There are realistic, Asian, black, white and other types of looks to consider.


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