How to Choose the Perfect Tattoo Quote

By | February 11, 2014

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Tattoo quotes are just as popular as pictures. People like to wear their mottos and beliefs on their skin so they can remember and show others. Many people will get a tattoo quote with a picture, turning their tattoo into a complete work of art. Choosing the perfect quote for a tattoo is just as important as choosing the right art. The words have to mean something to you in the future just as it does now.

What type of quote should you choose?

Since the tattoo quote is going on your body there is limited surface space. A long quote could go on your back or chest, but only small ones will fit on arms or ankles. A reputable tattoo artist will not shrink the quote down into really small font if they feel it will ruin the tattoo later when your skin stretches and the ink wears down. They know, you listen. Keep in mind where the quote you choose might fit while searching for the perfect tattoo quote.

Should you choose a quote from the Internet?

You could search online quote sites like Brainy Quote or Quote Garden. These sites list tons of quotes and are usually sorted by topic or author. There are even a few sites that list quotes meant to be made into tattoos. There are a few problems with these sites. For one, there is no guarantee that the quote is the original, and not one that has been reworded over the years. There is also the chance that the quote is attributed to the wrong speaker or writer. The second problem is that everyone reads these quotes and is thinking of using them for tattoos. You want to be a bit more original than inking a quote that you just happened to read and really know nothing about.

Where should you look for the perfect tattoo quote?

Tattoos are an artistic reflection of who you are. Look at your life, loves and the world around you to find a great quote. Pick your favorite books, music or movies. Each of them is bound to have a sentence that you love. Think about the words that you find yourself quoting to your friends because they ring true for your life. Think of the quotes that you write down in a notebook so you won’t forget. By looking at the original source of a quote(book, movie, etc), you know you will have the correct wording and that guarantees the correct meaning and respects the originator’s words. Also, the tattoo quote will have special meaning to you because the book or song has special meaning to you.

Should you be careful about getting a tattoo quote?

Please make sure that the quote is completely correct before getting it permanently tattooed on your skin. Don’t just make sure the spelling is correct, but guarantee that the quote is the original. That way, someone won’t read your amazing quote and tell you that it is worded wrong, the meaning has changed because of the change, or that your new hero never said it. In the same way that you should know the translation of kanji tattoos, you should know the original quote and the author’s intention when they wrote it. You don’t want to regret those words.

“You may lose your most valuable property through misfortune in various ways. You may lose your house, your wife and other treasures. But of your moko, you cannot be deprived except by death. It will be your ornament and companion until your last day.” Netana Whakaari of Waimana

Sources:

Tattoo Quotes, Sayings About Tattoos, The Quote Garden

Tattoos Quotes, Brainy Quotes

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