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Tattoos are becoming an increasingly popular method of self-expression, and I have several. In fact, a 2015 Harris Poll found that 47% of Millennials and 36% of Gen Xers have at least one tattoo. But if you’re getting your first tattoo, you may be fearful of the life-long commitment that comes with tattoo ink. So how do you choose a tattoo that you won’t regret for the rest of your life? Well, let’s explore a few simple tips to follow before you choose your first tattoo.
The most important step in planning a tattoo is choosing a reputable artist. Without a good artist, your tattoo has no chance of turning out well. So before you make an appointment, actually research potential artists. Check out their portfolios of past work, talk to people who have gone to certain artists, and above all else, choose someone you feel comfortable with. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing an artist: their experience, their style, and how confident they are in tattooing your chosen design. It’s crucial to not simply choose an artist because your friend went to them or because they have lower prices. This piece of artwork is going to be on your body forever, so choose someone you feel confident in.
You should spend a good amount of time choosing your artist, but you should spend even more time thinking about your design. You shouldn’t walk into a tattoo shop and just get the first thing that comes to mind. Putting some serious thought into your tattoo is essential. Now, there are quite a few aspects of tattoo design to consider. First is the placement. If you have a fear of commitment, you may want to choose an area on your body that won’t be shown often, like your back or ribs. You may not want to jump right into getting a sleeve for your first ink. When thinking about placement you should also consider how tattoos will be accepted in your line of work. And remember, there are certain parts of the body that will hurt more than others.
My second tattoo
Along with placement, you need to think about the overall design, including color. While color is important in many aspects of life, like how it can increase brand recognition by 80%, it’s one of the most important elements of tattoo design. Think about how certain colors will look together, especially if you’re getting an extremely colorful piece. You should also ask your artist about how different colors fade so you can plan long-term. Aside from color, you need to think about the design and meaning of your tattoo. Make sure you like the idea you’ve come up with — really like it. It may be a good idea to wait a few months after you come up with the idea to ensure it’s something you really want. You also need to think about the meaning behind your tattoo. While not all tattoos need to have deep meanings behind them, you should think about simple meanings, like how red carnations symbolize deep love while yellow tends to represent dejection. Thinking about why you want this tattoo and the meaning behind it may help to make sure it’s something you really want.
Getting inked for the third time here!
Getting your first tattoo doesn’t have to be a scary experience. If you put a lot of thought into the design, color, and placement of your tattoo and choose a reputable artist, you’re going to be just fine. So keep these tips in mind and you’re sure to have a new tattoo you love in no time.