Almost a quarter of all Americans have at least one tattoo somewhere on their body. Unfortunately, 17% of those people regret getting at least one of their tattoos. Getting a tattoo is a big decision. And, unless you’re psychic, choosing a tattoo style that you’re going to be able to live with for the rest of your life might not be the easiest decision to make.
If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo then it’s worth putting in some thought ahead of getting inked. In this short guide, we’ll take a look at how you can choose a tattoo that you’ll be sure to love for the rest of your life.
Why Do You Want a Tattoo?
Before you start considering designs and calling up tattoo artists, you need to take a second. One of the most common reasons people regret their tattoos is not the tattoo itself, but the reason behind it.
Sure, we get caught up in the fresh excitement of a new romance or we read an inspiring quote that resonates with us at the time. But tattoos last forever, and people change.
Before you get a tattoo, make sure the reason you’re getting it is something that will be important to you for the rest of your life. I’m sure your new partner will forgive you if you don’t get their name tattooed on your chest!
Search for Inspiration
Once you’re sure about the meaning of a tattoo, it’s time to start looking for ideas. Going to a tattooist’s and picking a random flash tattoo because you like it, is a sure-fire way to regret a tattoo. It’s worth taking some time to find the right tattoo for you.
The internet is the best place to start. You should find designs that you like the look of and specific tattoo artists whose work you admire. You can check out this tattoo technique guide to get a better idea of different types of tattoo styles.
Build yourself a little portfolio of all the tattoos you like and start to identify what you like about each one.
Make it Your Own
Once you have a good idea of what you want to get it’s time to make it personal. If you’re artistically gifted then you might be able to design the tattoo yourself. You might know someone who can help you.
If not, don’t panic. You can consult with a tattoo artist to personalize your tattoo until it is exactly what you want. A good tattoo artist understands that you’re getting something for life, so they’ll be happy to take the time to make sure you’re happy with it.
Now You Know the Perfect Tattoo Style for You
Once you’ve decided on the perfect tattoo style and you’ve found an artist who can produce it the way you want it’s time to get inked! If you’ve taken the time to follow the advice in this guide then you can sit back in the chair and relax.
Remember, if you have any doubts about getting your first tattoo then it’s probably a good idea to wait.
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