So, you’ve decided to get that tattoo. It’s been thought through thoroughly and you have made a solid decision. All of the important people in your life support your decision and you are ready to go. The health risks, such as hepatitis C have been considered. You know how the precautions your tattoo artist should take. You have the perfect location on your body, and have determined the size you are looking for in your tattoo. Tattoos are expensive, so you have set aside a few hundred dollars for the endeavor. Now What?
It’s time to pick your design. This is the most important decision you will make next to choosing your tattoo parlor. You need to have an idea of what you are looking for in your tattoo design.
Consider these points. Can I draw a completely unique design? If I draw this design, do I know an artist that can replicate it? If I can’t draw it, do I know where I can find a unique and tasteful design? Can I afford the design service?
If you are an avid artist, this may be a project you can do yourself. You can interview tattoo artists in your area and show them your design. They should feel confident that they can replicate your design. Ask them to draw your design free hand on a scrap paper, then compare it to your copy. If they match, and you are happy with the results, you may have found your guy. Time to bargain with him. Make sure you can afford the entire process. A half finished tattoo is unattractive and disappointing.
Not an artist? Don’t fret, there are tattoo design services that can help you get that top tattoo design. Most services will require a membership of about a year, with a small charge. The service pays for itself if you get just one unique, artistic tattoo design out of it. Remember, a tattoo is a lifelong decision, and quite an expensive one at that. Take the time to do it right, and you won’t regret it later. This is not the time to be cheap or impulsive. Look around the internet at different services, and cruise their sample designs. It should be easy to get an idea of what they are like. Look for quality website design, good photos of the tattoos, and the tattoos itself on a body, not on paper. You want on idea of how it will look on you. Once you’ve joined a top tattoo design service, start cruising the site for your design. Take as much time as you need, you may change your mind several times, this is okay. You want to be absolutely sure that your design is the right one for you. It will be with you forever.
Lastly, avoid picking your design from your local tattoo parlor. Why, you ask? Everyone in your local area will probably use the same tattoo parlor. So lets say you are at the grocery store. How would you feel if the person in front of you had your exact tattoo? Kind of spammy, isn’t it? You want your tattoo to be a work of art, not a fad. Teenagers love fads, they come and they go. Your tattoo cannot be changed when the fad is over. Choose wisely!