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Tattoo Design Choices

Tattoo Design Choices

Too many people decide to immortalize their boyfriend or girlfriend by having their name permanently tattooed on their body. If you have been considering this, please stop and consider the options. You do not want to come to regret your tattoo, so let’s talk about the design.

The most common response at this point is “But I am in LOVE!” Even so, you may want to take just a few minutes to really consider this tattoo. This is going to be a permanent fixture on your body, generally speaking. Plus tattoos hurt when applied and hurt even more if you get them removed.

Tattoo decisions should be made after careful consideration and not on a whim. Look at this decision as one you will have to live with for eternity and then think about whether you will still enjoy the ink forty years from now. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before settling on a tattoo design.

1.) Why am I getting a tattoo? Is it self expression, marking an important life milestone or turning point, paying tribute to an important element in your life (perhaps your love of antique cars or cats)?

Love is the most common reason for one person to put another’s name on their body permanently. When it comes to your children, parents or grandchildren this is not such a horrible idea. However, when you are thinking about putting Mr. Right’s name across your back and he turns out to be Mr. Wrong you are stuck.

If you’re getting a tattoo because all of your friends are doing it, please reconsider. The only reason anyone should get a tattoo is because they want a tattoo. If you want to get a tattoo as a personal challenge or something new and different, that’s okay, too. Just choose the tattoo design carefully.

2.) What do I love now that I am absolutely certain I will love in forty or fifty years? If you’ve loved cats since you were a little kid, or you’ve shared a love of antique cars with your dad since forever, you’re probably good.

If you want the names of your children or grandchildren tattooed on your body, this is a safe choice. So is expressing your cultural ties, for instance a Chinese dragon for those with an Asian connection, either of these are not likely to lead to regret.

What about an Olympic Symbol? Hey, if you are an athlete go for it! See it is all about what personally rocks your world, both today and tomorrow. Some people even choose an insanely cool tattoo simply because it is cool, but that is their personality.

Do not forget one important note, over time your passion and interests will change. A tattoo that carries great meaning today may not carry the same weight in just a few years. That does not mean you necessarily regret the ink, as long as you still feel good about what it represents you are okay.

3.) Finally, ask yourself, “Am I going to be embarrassed when I explain this to my grandkids, parents or the curious neighbor down the street?” If you think you might feel stupid explaining your tattoo (and by the way, you are not required to explain your tattoo choices to anyone), you may want to rethink it.

Now, go looking for ideas. All tattoo shops have books full of “flash.” Flash is just a word for tattoo designs. You can look through tattoo magazines, art magazines, or come up with something on your own.

Many good artists can take your rudimentary ideas and use their artistic skills to draw something that is uniquely yours. Just remember when choosing your design to ask, “What am I trying to express? Why do I want a tattoo? What’s important to me?” If you ask these questions, you will ultimately find your perfect design. The article is strictly for educational or entertainment purposes only and should not be used in any way, implemented or applied without consultation from a professional. Please read our Terms of Service for more information.