So your ready to make the big step: I want a tattoo, and I want it NOW!
Besides reaching the decision to have a tattoo at all, the next big decision is what design to choose. Tattoos can look really cool, provided a lot of thought has gone into choosing your design, and based clearly on the understanding that this is a permanent marking on your body.
Removal is expensive, painful and not always effective; thus, it's best to make the right choice from the outset, to avoid tears and regrets later. Why do this to yourself, your wallet. Trust me, this blog is not to put tattooist out of pocket, if anything, we are doing you a moral favor as we respect the art of tattoo and custom design and do not want it to fall in vein to bad decisions.
Hopefully you won't just wake up and think to yourself, "yeah, let's get tattooed today." If you do, then rethink, and fast. The more planning that goes into your design of choice, the more likely that you will enjoy your tattoo now, into the near future and through to much later in your life.
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing, what is common knowledge, but is usually a clouded blur that isn't considered when getting a tattoo. There will be: Over 9 things to consider, there will be tips, there will be warnings there will be straight truth, because we at Flax Roots Tattoo actually give a SH*T!!
You can thank us later.
1: Avoid making any hasty decisions
Any tattoo that looks like genitalia. Think about that, very carefully but not too long because the answer is simple: Just don't do it.
Anything misspelled (mostly because you were too drunk or high to notice till later).
Anything to do with high school or college (you do realize that it's over soon enough, right?)
Anything that mars your wedding dress, upstages your honeymoon, or gives your children an odd impression of you...
Anything written in a language you're not fluent in. Those Chinese characters might look sexy until a native Chinese speaker tells you what it really means is "object for sale", "I like mold for breakfast" or "horny goat"
Anything with the current squeeze's name on. It might feel like the two of you will last forever but if the tattoo has more chances of success in lasting the distance than the pair of you, this is plain dumb. The number one tattoos that artists are asked to cover up, after homemade tattoos, are names. If the person is not dead, or your child, names are usually not the best idea.
Anything faddish right now. A band, TV show, cartoon or comic book character you love today may not be something you want to carry around forever on your skin. It could date you more than your Botoxed skin will ever give away...
Please tell me by now, that you totally get where we are getting at here...Relax, take your time. :)
2: Slow Down
Think about how big of an impact the design has on you. If you've fallen in and out of like with other designs like this before, then wait a few years before you decide to get it.
On the other hand, if a design you're thinking about is something that represents or has given you hope in a rough time in your life, perhaps helped you find out who you are, or something along those lines, then it might be the right choice, as that monumental self-change is going to guide much of the who you become for the rest of your life.
3: Consider where you want the Tattoo
Consider how likely it will be that you will need to cover the body area where your tattoo is to go with clothing, or otherwise, at some point. For example, if you're a female, will you feel comfortable wearing evening wear such as backless or strapless dresses if you have a back tattoo?
Morally, with every artist that works here at Flax Roots Tattoo, you can be sure, the discussion will always be advised when it comes to location, we are proud to say we will be truthful and honest when it comes to locations such as hands, face, neck and sometimes areas on the foot, some of us here are able to show you the effects of having tattoos in these areas, with more than 1 reason to give you a better informed decision before making your location final.
Think about future career options. Is a tattoo likely to be an issue or even a liability if it's showing with the expected work clothing or uniform? This may well depend on what industry you intend to work in but remember that with increased fluidity, people are changing careers constantly, so you may not ever be able to be sure what you'll do down the track. Keep this in mind when choosing placement of a tattoo.
4. Refine and make your tattoo meaningful
Stay away from the art (known as "flash") shown in the studios, except as inspiration. It is better to go with a unique and original design than a mass market design - "flash" is designed by excellent artists then sold to tattoo artists around the country and around the world.
Are there any particular artists whose style really impresses you? What about their work has such resonance for you and is likely to be classic over the years to come?
Writing, in any form or language, should be thought over twice as long. Check and recheck the meanings of any words or ideograms of a language you aren't fluent in. Choose quotes carefully. If using writing, also be sure to search for a font you like, or create your own. Not to forget, spelling
5.Draw your own Representation
6. Find a Tattoo Artist/Designer and ask them to design a tattoo for you
Better to know with a giggle, than to be laughed at later with a design that won't come off.
Here at Flax Roots Tattoo, I can assure you, to give the artist complete trust gives them the freedom to create amazing masterpieces. Check out recent designs, ask if they have already sketched up designs, these gems are always available within there portfolios. You will be more pleased as they are just as please you are wearing one of there masterpiece custom designs.
7. Try to get a Print Out of the Final Design
Pin the design up on your mirror and look at it daily for a few days. Is it growing on you or do you have a nagging feeling that it's either not the right design or that it's close but not quite there yet? Follow your instincts; there is still plenty of time before it's tattooed into place.
8. Try a rehearsal run of the tattoo
If even a henna tattoo is out of your price range, try the Sharpie option. Crude but still effective for knowing how it makes you feel to have a bold design inked onto a part of your body.
9. And last but not least...Think before you INK!
Which outcome will you choose?