What to think about when researching tattoos
With my own experience as the reference-point to the below, I have discovered that it is massively difficult to find exactly the right style and sub-style for my tattoos, finding an artist that is talented and passionate about the specifics of the tattoo.
I would like to say that I would be one of the people who have both old an newer tattoos, and the last 10 years i have been very meticulous when picking getting my tattoos. The tattoos I had done when Iwas both fresh out of high school, and during college, is something I more or less regret to this day because they do not resonate with me any more.
I hate to admit that I am of the generation where Tribal tattoos was considered cool.... for a short while so that will be one off my personal projects to cover up in the near future.
I would have to say that there is a whole lot of things to highly consider, and I know that I might sound like a grumpy old man, or possibly like your father, if you are in your early 20s.
Knowing what i know today i would probably look into these styles.
1. What to think about when researching tattoos
When I was 22 I got the previously mentioned tribal.... on my back... over the shoulders.... and it have a small "mad" smiley in the middle. Don't ask about it, since I have no idea what I was thinking with that combination, but I do regret that today.
2. Researching tattoos
Since there is a lot of different main styles and sub styles that are available out there, it is hard to get a clear bearing on what you should get. You are probably exposed from friends, family, media and social media on both this and that tattoo or type of tattoo that looks really cool.
But hold your horses there cowboy... just because a certain style look good on your favorite actor/actress or on David Beckham it does not mean that it will look good on you.... Researching tattoo designs or style takes time, and patience is my most sincere advice.
Factors that you need to take into consideration is your complexion, what type of skin you have, how well the ink stay and risk of fading.
3. Research about where on your body you are getting the tattoo.
As I was writing under the previous paragraph, I highly recommend that you talk to someone that know about tattoos, and have both good and not so good experiences with their previous tattoos on their body since they know what they are talking about.
Why? Simply put I think it is massively important that a tattoo sleeve as an example follow the natural lines of the body. In the case of my sleeve and the artist that have poured over 50 hours into it, and only being half done, explained to me, that if they components and certain areas of the tattoo will play well with your natural physique, such as muscles and tendons, it will look better.
4. Research your possible artists.
Today there are almost as many tattoo parlors as there are bars in Ireland... Okay that might be a slight overstatement, but that also mean that in addition to researching tattoo designs, styles and placement it is massively important that you research different artists. The reason for this statement, is that I can go back to my own experiences when wanting to make my first sleeve.
I went talking with no more than 7 artists, and was contemplating 3 different styles and a bucket full of sub categories.
Do not hessitate to reach out to us, if you are in any doubt what to think about when researching tattoos.
It took me three years just to decide and to get started with my sleeve, and yes I might be an extreme case, since I want my tattoos to be perfect.....
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