Getting a tattoo is a big decision, if you don’t like the design you chose after it has been done then your only options are expensive and painful removal procedures or trying to cover it up somehow. A good artist will be able to cover over your tattoo if you don’t like it, but that is a difficult process and you may not like the result of that either so it is much easier to just choose right the first time.
Below are 3 tips to help you avoid some common tattoo mistakes that people make:
Make sure you choose the best person for the job: At the start of the page we discussed choosing the right tattoo, but it is also crucial that you pick the right person to do the work on you as well. The skill level of artists varies massively and in most countries I don’t think there is even an exam that people need to take for them to set up as a tattoo artists.
That is why when I want a new tattoo then I look at the tattoo magazines and read about some of the artists featured in there. You can really get a good idea from the write ups in there about which artists are really skillful and passionate about what they do, and you can see which have won awards etc to help you choose. Ok you are probably going to have to travel to actually get some time with one of those artists, but when the result lasts a lifetime then isn’t it worth a bit of extra effort? Also it hurts less when you have a professional doing it as they don’t go too deep, which is important if you are having it done on a really painful place, like having feet tattoos for instance.
If you have any words in the design triple check them: This is one of the most common problems that I see with people who have had tattoos done, and one that is easily avoided. Often this happens when people want specific words or a phrase inked onto themselves and they just walk in and tell the artist what they want and let them do it. The best way to go about it is to write it out in a word processing program first. That way you can spell check it to spot obvious errors, and you can double check it yourself, plus you can easily amend it if you need to as well. Then print it off and take it to the artist to have it done once you are happy with it.
Think ahead: This is something I wish somebody had told me years ago. You might not think you are going to get any more tattoos after the first one, but you probably will so spend some time thinking about the future. Think about what you could have done if you wanted to expand the design you want to get, is it easy to add to and make bigger or will it look out of place? Most people who get one end up getting at least a few more tattoos, and trust me it looks odd to just have a collection of single tattoos, the best designs are those that have a lot going on in them and cover a larger areas.