Tips On Choosing A Tattoo

How to choose a tattoo and some important things to consider before taking the plunge.

Choosing an image and location for a tattoo is a very personal decision based largely on an individuals personality and preferences. There are things however that should play a part in the decision process.

Check into your state's tattoo laws. Most states do not allow children under the age of 18 to obtain a tattoo although it is 16 in some states.Some states also will not allow the tattooing of certain parts of the body such as face, genitals, hands or feet.

Make sure your tattoo is a reflection of you.Choose a design that has personal meaning to you. Choose something that reaches back to your childhood and has a deep sentimental anchor.Think in terms of 20 - 35 years down the road. Keep in mind the changes your body will make in addition to the changes your mind and personality will under go. Be creative and draw from inside yourself. Don't get something you've seen on someone else because you liked it. Instead take the image and decide what about it that you like and how that incorporates into a design personal to you. Never choose second best because its cheaper.Never get another person's name tattooed on your body. Things happen that we never expect and relationships we knew were permanent die.

Many brighter colors (such as yellow, orange, purple, etc.) tend to fade with time. If you're choosing a color scheme with many of these be sure you are willing to return every few years to have your work touched-up.

Before placing your tattoo in a very visible spot consider your career.Tattoos have become more mainstream than ever before. People of all walks of life and education level of are getting tattooed.Some employers however will not allow visible tattoos. It may also have a negative effect with some of the clients of a freelancer.Consider the impression you will give to others. Is it an accurate depiction of who you are and what you are trying to portray to the world?

How bad will it hurt?

A big factor in some people's decision will be where it hurts the least/worst.

Some people have higher pain thresholds than others and many people say that women handle pain better than men.On general consensus it seems that the chest, spine, arm pit, and ankle are the most painful areas.The least being buttocks, arms, thighs and back.

How big should it be?

Most tattooed people will tell you to start out small and simple.Everyone's pain threshold is different and you don't know how you will handle it until you try.

Start with something very small, nothing bigger than 4 -5" in diameter. Overly detailed and intricate designs do not translate to the skin as beautifully as a simple, bold piece.

Once you decide on a design and style that you love take some time to choose an artist that is very comfortable with your style and has verifiable experience with good results.

Most importantly, take your time and don't get in a hurry. The tattoo that you get will be part of you forever.

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