Tattoos are a lifetime symbol on your skin. People use these symbols and images to speak about their personality and express a message about their point of view or feelings. Tattoos are not just pictures; they also make use of words and phrases in other languages such as Latin Japanese characters or Sanskrit symbols are also used which when designed wrongly can convey a different meaning. Here are ten top tips for avoiding custom tattoo design disasters that you should take note of before getting inked.
If you are interested in other cultures languages and symbols, make sure that the artist draws a precise duplicate of each symbol or character. Some of these symbols and languages are quite tricky to work with; just one misplaced dot or line could alter their meaning.
What you should do is verify the meaning of these symbols from an expert in the language. Find a tattoo artist that understands different fonts and symbols, and you can ask him or her about any background experience they may have in working with these characters. You wont want to make a mistake and then had to have it removed or covered up.
The location on your body for the tattoo should be carefully planned. There are areas of the body that are painful to have needles in them, like the ankles, and some areas of the skin are soft, like the stomach and you may not get the result you want. Also avoid the parts which will stretch further because the image of your tattoo will alter. Again, ask the tattoo designer where the ideal place would be for your custom designed tattoo.
Choose a design that has a deep meaning to you. Avoid picking a design on a whim or because it was recommended by your friends. What may look good on them may not work out as well for you. A tattoo design is something personal; it is an expression of what you like and dislike. You are unique and so is your tattoo.
Keep in mind that when you are tattooed, a needle is used, so there is a healing period. Swelling, itchiness, redness and fever might occur due to infections. Learn to take care of your tattoo; it is a part of your body. Keep it clean, use antibiotic creams and then moisturizer after it is healed.
Make sure that the tattoo artist gives you good advice on how to take care of your tattoo. It is your responsibility as well as the artists. Find a tattoo artist with a reputation for quality work, check out their portfolio and conduct a series of interviews to get an insight of whether he or she understands what your custom tattoo design is all about.
Although tattoo designers might provide technical details about your tattoo design, do not compromise your own individuality in the process. A good tattoo artist does not find an image too complex if they have the skill to back it up. Do not base your choice of tattoo on price alone.
Choose an artist that practices good sanitation and hygiene for themselves as well as their work area.
Stencils are important in the tattoo world. Even the most seasoned tattoo artist rarely draws freehand onto the skin of their client. This is to avoid any mistakes. With a stencil, you can get a preview of what your tattoo should look like on your skin. Avoid choosing a cheap stencil. The colors you choose should also suit your skin color.
Lastly, you should understand the meaning of having a tattoo. Most tattoos are permanent so they last a lifetime. They speak volumes about who you are as a person, so do not just get inked because someone else thinks its a good idea; only get tattooed for your own personal satisfaction and for the right reasons. If you cannot make up your mind, try temporary tattoos instead. They are less expensive, less painful and best of all, not permanent.
Kristen Dunn is a tattoo enthusiast and professional tattoo designer who has created thousands of thought provoking, elegant, and funky tattoos for her clients. She has a vast collection of custom designs to her credit. Winner of several awards and accolades, Kristen is now a founding member of the world's largest custom tattoo design community at CreateMyTattoo. View her tattoo collection or read more on her blog here.