Decisions, decisions. You have decided to get your first tattoo, now comes the more difficult choice, what type of art to initiate you into the ranks of the “inked.” While there are many sources for choosing the design of your tattoo and many different genres of tattoo, the most important part of the process is choosing a design that is not only visually pleasing, but also meaningful to you. After all, a tattoo is meant to last a lifetime.
The placement of the art is also a factor. Are you going into a field of work that frowns upon body art? No matter, there are a myriad of locations on your body where only those you want to view your art are able to. Many a manager would be surpised to know the amount of tattoos that can lurk under “business casual.” If your job is not a factor in location than the only other decision you need to make is the design. While pain is of course involved, the closer to the bone the higher the level, it is not anything as terrible as one might believe. Virtually everyone can carry on a conversation while having it done and it also helps to take one’s mind off of any discomfort, so bringing a non-squeamish friend is a great idea.
There are virtually endless sources for finding designs for tattoos. You can choose anything from simple tribal designs using only black ink and well proportioned shapes to the colorful and intricate Japanese-style tattoos that can truly be considered an art form. In making a choice about the design one other factor to consider before one does put needle to skin is sun exposure. Constant sun exposure will fade many colors and designs so those that live to worship the sun should consider simpler designs if you do not want to do regular maintenance on more intricate tattoos.
There are a countless number of books for reference, magazines and of course tattoo artists own designs. When you are in the process of making choosing by all means if you see someone with a tattoo you like ask them where they had it done and who did it, the who being much more important than the where. Many times the artist interpreting the design is a larger factor than the clients description of a design. Visiting tattoo parlors to see the designs the artists have can also be a good source of inspiration and of course the artists are generally more than willing to work with you in creating your own design. To be completely satisfied with your choice in the design of your tattoo it is best to have the artist do a rendering on paper before anything permanent is done to your body. The most important recommendation that can be made is to get the best possible artist you can afford. A tattoo is not like a haircut and can not be corrected easily. When you find that great artist that can translate your ideas into images you will develop a great relationship and nine times out ten you will not stop at one tattoo, but it will grow into a love.