We don’t need to tell you that they’re forever – we all know that. What we’re offering is a list of things to consider that will help to prevent you from looking in the mirror and seeing a tattoo you wished you’d never got.
Deciding On Your Design
Please, don’t go into a tattoo shop and choose an existing design from the wall or a book. Unless you’re looking to be branded like umpteen people before you with the exact same design, think originality.
Sit down and write a list of everything you’re passionate about or have a keen interest in. This can be literally anything, from football to mythology to photography and everything in between. Write pages of things if necessary. Then, once you have an extensive list you can go through it and cross off things that you probably wouldn’t want to have inked onto your skin, narrowing it down to a good list that you can take in with you when you’re looking for your artist.
Looking For An Artist
While there are a whole lot of artists to choose from, they’re not all worth your time or money. Each artist will have a technique or design specialty, so if you have a design type already in mind (Japanese, portrait, etc.) then be sure to source someone with that particular speciality. If you’re unsure what style you’re looking for but have some themes in mind, the first thing we suggest is, if you have any, speak to friends who have tattoos you like the look of and get their recommendations. Otherwise, take a look at a few artists from several different shops and check out samples of their work. Speak to the artists and get a feel for them, too. Make sure you ‘click’ well – it’s important to feel comfortable with them. Once you’ve decided on an artist, you can take your list of interests or your idea in to them for a consultation. They’ll then draw something up for you and you can work with them to work towards the best design.
Choosing The Location
Although these days it’s more socially acceptable to have them, it may be a good idea to place them where they can be easily hidden in an office environment. Another thing to keep in mind is the pain level – ask your artist about the differing levels of pain depending on the part of your body you’d like to get inked.
The first thing you may be considering is the cost. Don’t. A cheap tattoo will be tattooed cheaply. As it’s something you’ll be keeping forever, why wouldn’t you invest a fair amount for the work done? Pricing fluctuates a great deal throughout the world, and if you’re paying by the hour (as opposed to a flat rate) it will totally depend on the size and amount of detail involved as to how much it’ll cost. Be flexible.