Thinking about getting a tattoo? They're definitely in right now, everyone is getting one. But there are many things to consider.
What should I get? What's the significance? Where should I get it? Should I get it in color? Do I even want a tattoo?
It can be stressful, but exciting too. Tattoos are cool, and they can look really good and mean a lot! There are definitely benefits to an awesome tattoo. But you want to make sure you get the perfect one just for you.
For the record, I don't have a tattoo. I was scheduled to get one but unfortunately, I am a broke college student and couldn't afford it with all of the other expenses I have to pay.
Regardless, I've wanted a tattoo for years. The question was, what do I get?
I've ran through a ton of ideas and sometimes I thought that was it, but my mind always changed. However, I finally found the perfect tattoo, that is just right for me. Here are some tips on making sure you get the perfect tattoo, that's just right for you!
1. WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, and wait some more. At least a year.
One of the best things you can do when you're thinking about getting a tattoo is waiting. It doesn't hurt NOT to get one; you can always get it later.
It may be the perfect timing with summer coming up, or over winter break. But it's much better to wait, rather than have something you hate on your body forever.
2. Have a picture of your future tattoo nearby.
Do you really love your future tattoo? I know I change my mind all the time, not just about tattoo's, but about everything. A tattoo is like that new song you love. At first, you can't stop listening to it, but before you know it. It's ruined, and you hate it.
Make sure you really love your tattoo. Have it as your phone background, print it out and have it in your bedroom, above your bed, wherever. I would do this for a least a year before you take the plunge and get your tattoo.
3. Don't get your tattoo off of tumblr or google.
One of the worst things you can do is get your exact tattoo off of tumblr or google. Why? Because it's unoriginal, not you, and a million other people already have the same thing.
It's ok to get ideas for what style or kind of tattoos you like off of the internet, but your tattoo should come from inspiration or an artist you like, not a tumblr page.
4. Talk to the tattoo artist.
Once you find an image or tattoo you like, always talk to the artist about it. They are the artist, they've done plenty of tattoos and they know what they're talking about.
You might think you found the perfect tattoo but if you talk to the artist, they might have some awesome suggestions to switch it up and make it personally great, just for you!
5. Would you be embarrassed to show it to your kids?
Simple, would you be embarrassed showing or explaining your tattoo to your future kids? You should be proud of your tattoo because it represents you and who you are.
6. Don't do trendy, do you.
Absolutely, DO NOT do a trendy or timely tattoo. No "YOLO" or anything like that.
Different trends are in and get really big, and then they die, and die hard. You will absolutely regret a trendy tattoo that may be popular at the time. But what about 10 or 20 years down the road? You want a timeless tattoo that represents you!