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How to Find the Right Tattoo for You

How to Find the Right Tattoo for You

Finding the right tattoo for you may not be as simple as you think. There are many things to consider while you are searching for the piece of art that is to accompany you through the rest of your life. Be assured, though, once you find the one you are looking for you will be showing it off for years to come. The first thing you want to do is realize that it is permanent. Sure, right now, you would kill to have Taz on your arm sporting a Dale Earnhardt number 3 below it. But later on down the road do you think that you will want that branded on your skin? Honestly, is that what you really want? Yeah, there is such a thing as tattoo removal but the process hurts a heck of a lot more than getting the tattoo and it’s a lot more expensive. Just remember, once its there, good ole Taz ain’t going anywhere.

The second thing you want to do is figure out something that YOU want and not what your buddy or your girlfriend wants you to get. It’s YOUR body not theirs. You never know, they could be long gone down the road while you’re sitting there asking yourself, “Why the heck did I get that thing tattooed on my arm?!?” Does what you want mean something to you, is going to be a memorial, does it hold any significance to you? These are some of the questions that you need to ask yourself when you are trying to figure out what you want.

After you decide what you want, the next step would be to have your idea manifested into a picture. Is there a specific style you like? Would you rather have an old school style tattoo compared to the bold lined, bright colors of a new school style? Do you even want it to be colored or would you rather have it greywashed? Or both? It should be something that you’re proud to show off. You could either find a piece of flash that is what you had in mind, have a tattoo artist draw it up for you or, if you can, draw it yourself. I would be hesitant to let your friends or children draw it for you. Let’s say you didn’t like it at all, it’s not anything that you would ever want. If you tell that to them, well, they could give you a guilt trip into getting it anyways. And for some reason, if you have the design you absolutely want and the tattoo artist wants to modify it for any reason, trust their judgment. That is what they do for a living and they probably know a thing or two.

When you have the design that you want you want, take it to a tattoo artist that has a clean shop and does good work. Don’t be afraid to ask if they use an autoclave, if they have passed a blood born pathogen test and most importantly ask to see some of the work they’ve done! If you don’t like their work, go somewhere else. Don’t just “settle” for it, it’s your body we’re talking about here. Sometimes an artist may be booked for a while and can’t find you in immediately. Don’t run to the guy around the corner that can do it right now. Be patient, if there is a long list of people before you, which may be a good indicator that they are a good artist. Also be leery of artists that will do it for dirt cheap. If you want a tattoo of an oriental dragon wrapping around a geisha girl and a guy, working out of his kitchen, says he can do it for $20 and you say “heck yeah” but you end up with something that resembles a worm eating a piece of steak, remember that you get what you pay for.

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