First of all, if you decide to get a tattoo, you better have a good idea about what you want. The picture you put on your body is meant to stay there forever, that’s why it has to be meaningful, to remind you of people, events or decisions that have changed your life.
Here are some things that will help you make a choice:
I have a friend who tattooed a chinese symbol, and didn’t even know what it meant. So, she might be walking around with a sign: “I’m a cow” on her back. Which is ok if that’s was her way of honoring cows or vegetarianism, but I doubt that’s the case. Do your research before going to the studio.
Generally, portraits are not that interesting. It’s like showing someone a picture you carry in your wallet. Not actually imaginative. But, if you decide to do it, you should choose a good picture – with that person smiling, for example. And be sure that the tattoo artist you have chosen does portraits perfectly. You will be disappointed if you end up with something between a skull, a dog and a woman, when all you wanted was a portrait of your grandfather.
Once again, not very imaginative. When I asked a guy I liked about the other guy’s name tattooed on his forearm, he told me it was his brother. But then I asked why would he get a name of his alive-and-well brother in ink, he looked shocked, but he answered anyway: “because I love him.” Such an obvious answer. That was the last time I ever saw him, life’s too short to be wasted on boring people. We all love our siblings, but I also love my parents, boyfriend, my three dogs and a cat, my laptop, orange flip flops…. I don’t have enough space on my skin.
4. Words and Quotes
If you have decided to get a famous quote painted on your body, make sure you know where it is from and who said/wrote it. Because someone might ask you, and might think you’re an idiot for tattooing something you don’t know anything about. And if you want to get something written, think about how it’s going to look to other people. For example, if you have the word “lonely” showing under your shirt, be prepared to deal with a bunch of indecent offers. And imagine a woman with words: “This is where I poo!” on her behind, a real princess. Finally, check the spelling! “Never don’t give up!” is something you don’t want on your body, unless it’s intentional.
5. Fictional Characters
If you are getting a tattoo, that means you are a grown up, and a man with Tweety on his chest looks ridiculous. If you want to honor your childhood, I’m sure you can find a better picture, like your favorite toy car. The same thing goes if you’re a woman. Imagine yourself growing old, an eighty year old woman with Tinkerbell on her arm. Unless a fictional character saved your life, don’t put it on your skin, because it will stay there forever.
6. The Right Tattoo for You
A friend of mine wanted a tattoo honoring his son. After a dozen bad ideas: a pacifier (his son will turn fifteen eventually), a blue teddy bear (he doesn’t even own one), his favorite toy car (got broken after two weeks), I remembered the day his son was born. His wife called from the hospital asking for coffee. She haven’t had coffee her entire pregnancy, but that day, she could have killed someone for it. A beautiful cup of coffee on my friend’s back will always be a reminder of the day his son was born. Think about the thing you want to remember or share with the world, and then think about the symbolism. Your tattoo shouldn’t be too obvious, it should make people wonder what it represents. At the same time, it should look good and you have to like it. So, find your artist and talk to him/her, ask them if they have any ideas and work together, until you feel you have found the perfect thing.
Finally, you are the one who will look at that tattoo every day for the rest of your life. So, only if you choose wisely will you be proud of your new accessory and love your body even more.