Choosing the Subject
Choosing the subject of your tattoo is the first step to take. What is something that is important to you? A person, life event, or just something you love? Many people choose to incorporate the names of loved ones and special dates, such as an anniversary, while others go with a favorite cartoon character. The possibilities are endless! The subject can be anything you want, but keep in mind that tattoos are permanent and getting them removed can be painful and costly. Don’t pick something unless you are sure you want to see it on your body for years to come.
Deciding on a Style
The next step is to decide what the style of your tattoo should be. This doesn’t have to be directly related to your subject – your favorite baseball team’s logo can be transformed by choosing a different style, producing a unique design. The most traditional tattoo styles include realistic, tribal, Celtic, nautical, pin-up, traditional American, new school, and traditional Japanese. Look at different styles and see which one best suites your preference.
Selecting an Custom Tattoo Designer
Once you’ve decided what you want your tattoo to look like, it’s time to do some research and find an artist who is up to the task. A good idea is to find an artist that specializes in the style that you want and look through their portfolio of previous tattoos. Do the finished works match the look that you want with your tattoo? If so, contact the artist or tattoo shop to arrange an appointment to meet with the artist. It’s necessary to walk through every piece of your vision for the design so that you and the artist have the same understanding of what you want. Your job is to describe your vision and exactly what you want to the artist in as much detail as possible. If you don’t do your job, the tattoo artist cannot do theirs. After you describe your ideas, the artist should tell you about any worries or concerns about what you’ve described.
Designing Your Tattoo
After you meet with your artist, he or she will complete a concept sketch for you to review. This is where you’d point out any changes you’d like to be made. The artist will make the necessary changes and have you reviewed it as many times as it takes for you to be satisfied with the design. It will them be finalized and again reviewed by you before starting the tattooing process. Don’t be afraid to make known any edits you’d like to make before the design is finalized. Remember, this is a permanent piece of art, so it’s important to get it exactly right. You want to create something that you will enjoy and be proud to show off to others – it’s your right to be picky!