Choosing a Tattoo Area: Beginner's Guide to Placement

By | January 13, 2014

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Are you thinking of getting a tattoo for the first time? You’re not alone. In fact, body art is still a very expressive way to display artwork as well as; personal accomplishments, views, and opinions. In this day and age body art is much more socially acceptable than in decades past; so the thoughts of your art being accepted by your peers should be one of the last things on your mind. However, since you are new to body art, you probably have a lot of questions.

One of the first of many questions you probably have is where you will put the new tattoo. You will most likely boggle around different ideas about where it can be seen or where it will look ‘cool’. Chances are you will step back and take a good look at your body for the ‘not so appealing’ spots that you would never want anybody to see with the exception of, your doctor or a close friend or relative. You know, the pesky bus driver arm flab or that unsightly cellulite on different parts of your leg. No blemishes? No uncomfortable, shaming places on your body? Well then you are lucky and should have a little bit of an easier time with the location you choose. Those that need to find a more visibly pleasant area may need to think outside the box.

Tattoo positioning in this day and age, are a far cry from your grandfather or father’s anchor tattoo on his bicep. Designs are showing up in a wide variety of areas on both men and women. Basically, tattoo pigment can be placed on any part of the body covered in skin. Amazingly, they can also be placed in some areas not covered by skin. Some more uncommon places you may find tattoos might include; the neck, fingers, toes, hands, feet, and even some on the face. Getting a tattoo on your face however, would not be recommended for your first experience in a tattoo shop.

Another thought that should cross your mind, when looking for a spot to put the tattoo, is finding a place where it will be most accessible so you can take care of it. This is very important especially if you have no one to aid you in the aftercare process. For example, if you get a tattoo on your back in a region that you cannot reach; applying the ointment will be very difficult, if not impossible, without the assistance of another person. Another downside is that you will not have a constant visual of your tattoo. This will impair you from making sure the healing process is going as it should. The ideal situation is to get the tattoo in a spot where you can perform the aftercare and maintenance yourself. The aftercare process for a new tattoo is very precise and important. The way you handle this process can affect the color, clarity, and overall look of the tattoo now and in the future. So finding a self-accessible area for your new ink can make a world of difference in the finished product. Positioning the tattoo in this way also gives you the luxury of being able to enjoy the art yourself.

The last suggestion for making a good decision on placing a tattoo is to simply ask the artist. The artist in the shop where you are getting the tattoo done should have a very trustworthy opinion. .Chances are the artist has many years of experience. They should be able to assess from your body shape and size where a tattoo would fit well or accent your physical features. Remember that the tattoo artist is there for your every need concerning this decision. If you decide to make the choice yourself keep in mind that this is a decision that should not be made lightly. This is permanent and it will be on you for the rest of your life. Hopefully you make good decisions so that you can enjoy your new ink for years to come.

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