This is a great step-by-step plan to follow if you’re thinking about getting a tattoo and want it to turn out as good as it possibly can!
Secret #1. Find a purpose or a meaning
Nothing is wrong with getting a tattoo “just because it looks good”. But if you want a tattoo that you’ll be sure to feel proud of and love for the rest of your life, you’ll want it to have some kind of “deeper meaning”.
Why is this important?
Well, first off it makes the odds that you’re still going to be happy about that tattoo a few years down the line that much greater.
It has a cool little side-benefit too (especially if you’re single): When you have a deeper meaning behind your tattoo and you share that with other people they often instantly tend to look at you as a more interesting person.
You’ll probably also find that people walk up to you more frequently at the street, at parties etc. wanting to compliment you on or ask questions about your tattoo. If you’re a naturally shy person, this is a great way to have girls/guys approach YOU, instead of the other way around!!
Ok, enough of the “dating stuff”…
So how do you find that “special meaning” for your tattoo?
Here are some ideas…
Have you experienced a tragic/happy event or moment that you’ll never forget?
What are your values and beliefs?
Is there a person in your life that has a special place in your heart? (be careful here…you know what I’m talking about!)
What are your aspirations/goals?
Secret #2. Come up with a *killer* idea
This is often the hardest part…But a lot of people often make it a lot harder than it has to be.
Once you know what you want your tattoo to represent, all you have to do is figure out what it is that is going to symbolize that memory, value, event or whatever it is.
One mistake I’m seeing a lot is people looking around forever for that PERFECT tattoo design, but there’s always something wrong with the designs they come across. Be it the colors, that something is missing, the size, or that it’s just not the right “style”. As a result, they end up frustrated and never get that tattoo they wanted.
It’s highly unlikely that you’re going to find a tattoo design that’s a 100% spot on no matter how long or how hard you look for it.
BUT, it’s very possible that you’re going to find a great design that can be slightly modified, added to, combined with another design, or something that’ll just spark an idea.
The real secret lies in realizing that we are willing to make any changes you’re asking for.
Here are a few tips on what you can do that will hopefully get your ideas flowing:
If you simply can’t find ANY design, photo or whatever that you can bring to your artist, you’re pretty much left with one option and that is to try to communicate to us exactly what it is that you want and have us draw a custom design for you!
Niels & Ana