Because of their permanence, picking a tattoo can be a stressful event. What if you make the wrong decision and it haunts you for the rest of your natural life?
To help shoo away the specter of regret, there are a number of factors to consider before you make your final decision.
- Design style and placement
With everything that’s entailed, it’s important that you take your time and get as much information about tattoos as possible. To make it easier on yourself, consider the following tips:
Why Do I Want a Tattoo?
- The first thing that you want to do is think about the reason why you’re getting tatted in the first place:
Is it a lifelong dream?
Do you want something that commemorates a special event in your life?
Are you doing it for to please someone else?
Are you just happy that you are finally old enough to get a tattoo without parental permission?
Answering these questions (and any others that you may think of) will help you determine how serious you are about getting a tattoo. You don’t want to get tatted on a whim.
Will Getting A Tattoo Affect My Employment?
Not everyone looks at tattoos in a positive light and, although self-expression is a personal thing, going ahead with this step may affect you in the workplace and other important areas of your life.
No matter how strong your desire to get tatted, it’s most likely not worth losing your employment. And, the buck doesn’t stop there – you should also check to see if the organizations you are involved in have any rules that prohibit tattoos. You may be surprised. Whether it’s a pleasant surprise remains to be seen.
Picking Your Design
Tattoos are incredibly personal, so it’s vital that your chosen design accurately reflects who you are. The best tattoos represent something that you are attached too, enjoy, and/or love. It may even be in honor of someone else.
If you already have a specific idea in your head but can’t find any good representations online (or in books for that matter), consider putting pen to paper. Although you may not be the best artist in the world, this may be all that’s needed to give your tattooist a better idea of what you are trying to accomplish.
Also, if you want a word or a phrase inked on your body, you must do even more research. Think about it – how many times have you seen tattoo fails (words spelled wrong, Chinese characters that don’t mean what the tat recipient thinks they do) on the internet? It is for this reason that you must get a good understanding of the meaning of the words you want to be inked on your skin, their origins, etc.
Finding the Perfect Location for Your Tat
Another important consideration when picking out the right tattoo design is its location. Do you want everyone in the world to notice your tattoo or would you prefer that your ink is a little more discreet? Consider the clothes that you wear, how your hair is usually combed, and the things that you love to do. Will these factors affect how often your tattoo is seen?
To help you pick the right spot:
- Get a printout of the design you are interested in and ask your tattoo artist to recreate a temporary version on your ideal location. This will help you get an idea of how the final product will look.
- Consider getting a henna tattoo. These types of tats are temporary (they tend to last for anywhere between a week and a month.) But, it’s important to note that, the color options with this choice are limited, usually to brown.
Going through with either one of these options will give you an idea how your tattoo will look in a certain place as well as the size that’s best for what you are trying to accomplish.
Picking the Right Tattooist
Do you want your tattoo done in the black and gray realism style? Do you want a portrait? Picking a tattooist that specializes in the type of ink you want is just as important as your ink’s design, size, and placement.
All artists are not created the same so this is where the advice of others can come in really handy. Don’t just go into any studio, make sure that the tattoo artist that you are interested in has lots of good reviews from both current and former customers. Also, take a look at his or her portfolio to see if he can indeed do the kind of art that you want.
Getting a tattoo isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. Give yourself enough time so you can do your due diligence and pick the right tattoo for you. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you are happy with the finished product. Good luck!