Choosing a meaningful tattoo takes time, patience, and a keen understanding of who you are and what you want to wear for the rest of your life. While it’s always fun strolling into the tattoo shop on a whim when you’ve got that wild wonderment, tattoo regrets are most common when the tattoo placement, artist, and design ideas aren’t given proper consideration. Here’s what you should ponder if you want to choose a meaningful tattoo that you’ll cherish forever.

While it’s always fun strolling into the tattoo shop on a whim when you’ve got that wild wonderment, tattoo regrets are most common when the tattoo placement, artist, and design idea isn’t given proper consideration. Here’s what you should ponder if you want to choose a meaningful tattoo that you’ll cherish forever.

Design

What designs inspire you? From old school tattoo flash to portrait tattoos, there are endless ideas when it comes to body art. If you’re stuck on a decision, a reputable and talented tattoo artist can create a custom design based on your interests and what you like. Think about what you want your body art to ‘say” to the world, and avoid trendy designs you might soon grow tired of. Flowers, pin-ups, hearts, mermaids, and astrological symbols are practically perennial and never got out of style. Cupcakes, dreamcatchers, and feather tattoos verge on trendy, and although they may be stylish at the moment, you may regret diving into a tattoo fad years later when those feather tattoos have flown right out of the fashion world, and your body art just looks dated.

Flowers, pin-ups, hearts, mermaids, and astrological symbols are practically perennial and never got out of style. Cupcakes, dreamcatchers, and feather tattoos verge on trendy, and although they may be stylish at the moment, you may regret diving into a tattoo fad years later when those feather tattoos have flown right out of the fashion world, and your body art just looks dated.

Make it Meaningful

Once you have a design in mind you should think about how you can make it more meaningful for you. Are there loved one’s names you want to include (careful with a lover’s name) birthdates, significant ink colors, or any other details that might make your tattoo design more meaningful? Sharing the backstory of the idea with your tattoo artist can spin ideas that make a basic tattoo customized just for you.

Find the Right Artist

Not every tattoo artist specializes in the same art style. Learn the different types of tattoos (portrait, black and grey, biomechanical, old school, realism, etc.) and then search the internet for an artist that focuses in that niche. Once you’ve found the artist you should take a careful look at their portfolio to see if you’re happy with their work. If you see someone wearing the type of art you want, be sure to ask them who their tattoo artist is. Tattoo artists appreciate the referral, and many tattoo enthusiasts do become loyal to their work. The tattoo artist selection is your final step in designing a meaningful piece of body art that will stand the test of time.

 

 

 

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