Good First Tattoo Ideas
A first tattoo is much like your first love, hard to forget no matter how many you come across in your lifetime. It is the first outcome of your feelings and deepest emotions that you choose to show through a well inked design or quote. It is the first image of yourself and you should never rush into getting one just for the sake of it or because others are getting one too. Take your time to ponder over whether you would really like to have it on your body for an entire life time; and if you do - what and where you would like it to have on your skin.
Age for First Tattoo
In most states of America, young men and women must be at least 18 years of age to get pierced or tattooed. Although some states require you to be only 16, most others abide by the 18 year-rule. Check with the authorities of your state or your lawyer to know what the minimum age limit is to get tattooed in your state.
Whether you are going for your first or fiftieth tattoo, it is important to stay true to yourself and understand yourself as a person. Unlike most things, a tattoo is going to be a permanent art on your body that none but you have to sport for a lifetime. So it better be a good one and something that has a lasting effect on you rather than something that is likely to lose its significance with the passage of time.
Choosing an Idea for a First Tattoo
When you are a first-timer, everything is a reason for anxiety for you. The same goes for tattoos. As a first-timer, you are likely to have several anxious questions regarding a tattoo that you wish to have. Will it be painful? Will it be costly? Is it safe to get one? Are you going to regret it later? Rest easy, for many others have gone through the process before yourself and many others will - long after you have come smiling out. However, it is important that you go through the following steps before actually getting yourself inked.
· Study a range of different styles and designs for tattoos. Tattoos come in varied styles and not all of them would suit your personality or body type. There are words, designs, symbols and pictures – and you should pick one after careful consideration.
· Tattoos, above all, are a form of self-expression. That is precisely why the skin spot where you get one matters much. Whether you get one on the wrist, chest, foot, neck or shoulder is your call. If you are a rather private person, get inked on a region that would usually remain hidden under clothing – such as the ankle. If you would rather have it on display, the wrist or the neck is a good location.
· Your pain threshold matters. If you feel you can tolerate physical pain, you may keep spots like neck under consideration. If that is not the case, you should rather go for the wrist or the ankle where it hurts less. The last thing you would want is to come running out of a parlor screaming in pain and swearing never to try getting inked again.
· Your gender is also an issue that you should take into account. What is good for the woman is not good for the man. In other words, men and women have different tastes and it also matters when it comes to body art. A cute flower or butterfly on the ankle is a great first (and even last) tattoo idea for a girl, but hardly a guy thing. On the other hand, a skull or a crossbone is not the sort of impression that a girl would like to have on her beholders. Think what suits your gender the best and choose accordingly.
· Impulsive decisions are a no-no as far as tattooing is concerned. Many people ink themselves with the name of their current love interest, a cult that they believe in, or the next best thing that comes to their mind - only to regret their decision later. Unless you are sure that your belief or relationship would last forever, never make it the subject of your tattoo.
Ideas for First Tattoo
While selecting the topic for a tattoo for the first time, you are bound to be in a fix. That is especially in cases where you would love to get tattooed out of your attraction for this form of body art, and not because you wish to make an idea, a belief, or a person a part of your life forever. If that is the case, you may consider choosing any of these hottest ideas for a tattoo.
Word tattoos are increasingly getting popular and one of the most favorite options for tattoo-lovers. There are single words, phrases or lines of poems, religious verses or names (of you or your loved one) that are appealing to young and old alike. If you wish something mystical and mysterious, Asian characters (in Japanese or Chinese) can be a perfect option.
The flag of your nation, the sign of your cult or an organization that you have founded, or a religious token (such as a cross or a rosary bead) – can work as great symbols that you would like to sport on your body. It is not a good idea for you to ink yourself with something like the logo of your current workplace – for that is likely to be a temporary pride and a permanent embarrassment for you.
As a first-timer, you can choose from a number of motifs that are popular among lovers of tattoos. If old-school designs are what attract you, you may consider getting a star, compass or anchor on yourself. Tribal designs, with stylized inks, are mystical and believed to grant protection to those who sport them. Birds of prey, flowers, dragons and weapons make great tribal art. Ask your tattooer for reference.
A pictorial tattoo of your favorite political leader, movie star, or a hobby that you have can be a great one. If you are into gardening, get an image of your favorite flower or plant inked onto your skin. Open up about yourself to your tattoo artist and ask for suggestions.
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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