Thursday, November 18, 2010

How to get Tattoo Designs

Finding the perfect tattoo can sometimes be as impossible as finding the perfect spouse or dog. One day you'll love it, and the next you'll wish it wasn't there. As with all things permanent, it would be wise to address any candidate tattoo design with the utmost scrutiny. After all, it's your skin and that ink isn't exactly going to wash off in the shower. When looking for a tattoo design, there are plenty of options at your disposal. Don't be afraid to search endlessly for the perfect design. If you ask people with multiple tattoos to tell you about their favorite one, chances are they'll tell you it took them a long time to settle on the design. Here are a few ideas for tracking down a tattoo design that you'll fall in love with:

In-House Designs

Most tattoo artists like to design tattoos in their free time. Some of them are quite talented. Of course, many of them are quite terrible as well! Regardless, visit a few local tattoo parlors. If you're impressed with the designs of the first place you walk into, think of how impressed you might be with the second or third. It is important to remember that one needn/t observe tattoo designs in parlors in rigid terms. In other words, if you spot a design that you like, but would like a lot more with a few small adjustments, talk to the artist. They aren't called "artists" for nothing! If they're worth their salt, they will be happy to help tweak one of their designs into the perfect tattoo for you.

The Internet

The internet can usually solve about nine problems out of ten, and "where can I find a good tattoo design?" isn't one of the exceptions. There are literally tens of thousands of tattoo designs available on the internet. The best part is, most of them are free! How do you go about getting a design you find online to wind up on your arm (or back, or ass, or. well. you get the point)? Simply print it off. Most tattoo artists should be capable of inking about anything you find. For exceptionally complicated designs, don't be afraid to prod around a little bit to verify that your tattoo artist knows what he or she is doing. The last thing you want is to be someone's test dummy for the most challenging tattoo they've created in their life!
If you find several designs that you like, and chances are you will, print all of them off and consult with your artist to help narrow your decision. After all, they do this for a living; you'll be surprised some of the little nuances they might be able to point out that will help you make up your mind.

Design Your Own

There's no better way to get exactly the tattoo that you want other than by designing one yourself. Of course, you may be thinking, "but, I'm horribly inartistic!" If that is the case, give it a shot anyway. Remember, your design doesn't have to be a work of art, it just has to be something from which the real artist (the guy with the painful needle thingy) can characterize what it is that you want. The best tattoo artists will happily take your stick-figure abomination of a tattoo design (that you probably drew on a napkin at Burger King) and recreate it into the vision you had all along.

Recruit A Friend

This is a gutsy way of going about choosing a tattoo design, but it can also be one of the most satisfying. If you have any close friends who are particularly artistic, ask them to help you with a design. I'm sure you'll be surprised at how willing people are to meet this request. It can be hard to visualize one's self, let alone visualize a tattoo that perfectly captures your essence. I say, leave all the dirty work to another person! As long as you trust your friend, ask him or her to create a design that they feel perfectly captures what you're going for. Many of the most loved tattoos to grace an epidermis were designed by, who else? A loved one.

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