How to Choose a Tattoo?
Choosing a tattoo idea is always difficult. Whether you are going for your first tattoo or already have many, choosing the topic of a new one is never easy unless you already have something in mind as a subject. The fact that you cannot change a tattoo, and only remove it with many painful and expensive procedures, makes the process much more important. It is always recommended that you spare a lot of time and thoughts to your tattoo before finally settling for one. Get valuable guidance to choose a tattoo for yourself and useful ideas about the design and placement of your body art.
Choosing a tattoo - for beginners and old hands
A tattoo is the reflection of your thoughts and personality. It is a representation of yourself in the form of a motif, quote, design or picture that you find appropriate for your tastes. In short, your tattoo is the vehicle of your thoughts and silently represents to the world the image of yourself you like to portray. Naturally, it requires lots of thinking to avoid acting in haste and repenting later – in this case, for the rest of your life. While choosing a tattoo, these are some important things you should keep in mind.
Do not copy others. An anchor, a flower, or a tribal motif may be looking great on your colleague or buddy. But chances are rare that it would look half as good on your body. What looks good on Beckham or Jolie is not surely going to work wonders for you and vice versa.
Study a lot of designs and styles for days, talk to tattooed people you know in your circle and ask for suggestions from tattoo artists in your vicinity. Ponder over them and choose one only when you are sure you would really want to sport it for a lifetime.
Draw a tattoo on yourself with a pen and surgical ink, exactly on the spot where you would like to have it. Look at yourself in the mirror. Do you like what you see? Check, double check, and ask for opinions from those who matter in your life. Go ahead only when you are sure about the results. Else, backtracking is always an option.
Choosing a Tattoo Design
A design as a tattoo looks just great and can be a pride for you, if done the right way. However, selecting a design demands some careful consideration on your part. The best way to avoid future regrets is to devote time and thoughts on your present actions. Here are some rules you should keep in mind while looking for that perfect design for your body.
· If you have a design in mind, or have settled for one after hours of studying, think one more time. Does it stand for a momentous event in your life or a phase of transition? Are you sure it has something to do with your journey as an individual and would inspire you rather than remind you of some misfortune? Go for it only if it is truly significant for you. Otherwise, it is good to step away from what is only going to enhance your appearance and serve no other purpose for you. An enhancing as well as significant design is what you should look for.
· Consider the body spot where you would like to sport it. The size and shape of the location can significantly affect the type of design that you wish to have. For instance, a ship or a winged bird would require more space that a wrist can afford. Think beforehand and then step into the parlor. It is really unwise to choose a design once you are inside the parlor and would regret going back without getting yourself inked over with at least something. That is the cornerstone of a lifetime of regret.
· Browse through the many images and designs available on tattoo magazines and books. You should also check out the various websites, such as Tattoo Finder and Tattoo Johny, which show online flash designs for tattoos. Try to know about the meaning of these designs as well, to avoid later embarrassments. Pick a design with a meaning that resonates with the events of your life and is going to be as significant even later.
Deciding on Tattoo Placement
Choosing the location of a tattoo is as important as the topic that you want it to portray. Keep these points in mind as you finalize the placement of your tattoo.
· If you are a corporate professional, you might want your location to be a discreet one. Some jobs require workers to hide their tattoos and not put up overt displays of body art – or any art for that matter. Remember this while choosing placement for your tattoo.
· While a body art is a form of self-expression alright, you might find it a little annoying at some point to attract more attention than you would like and be an object of a million gazes. Getting inked on semi-exposed locations such as the wrist or the arms would let you show or hide them at will with just a change of your apparel.
· Consider your body type. If you have a particularly good physique, a tattoo on one of your more private areas - such as the chest or the rib - would let you show it off without a worry. On the other hand, an uninteresting figure would make you like to stay all buttoned-up and let the fabulous decoration wallow in self-pity.
· Get the design or motif tattooed temporarily on yourself first before you make it permanent. Ask your tattooist to create an airbrushed or temporary tattoo for you that is likely to last only for a few days or weeks. If you change your mind suddenly, this would be a wise decision for you. You may change the location at a later date and make it permanent, or have it airbrushed again before taking the final call.
While getting inked, there is always the temptation to follow the herd and choose a spot that is currently enjoying popularity. Keep in mind, however, that fads would come and go while your tattoo would not. So it is always sensible to think over and over again and choose the right design in the location that is appropriate for yourself. It is your body art and it is ultimately you who would have to sport it for an entire life.
The Craft of Tattooing by Erick Alayon.
Advanced Tattooing Techniques: A Guide to Realism by Joshua Carlton.
Tattooing A to Z: A Guide to Successful Tattooing by Huck Spaulding.
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