Updated: Dec 8, 2022
So you feel that itch of getting a new tattoo, eh? But you’re not quite sure on what you want, in terms of ideas? I will do my best to get you started on coming up with an idea for your future artwork!
Ask yourself, “Why do you want a tattoo”?
The itch to get that new tattoo must come from somewhere, so think about what may be going on in your life that might’ve given you that idea. Is it boredom? Or did you reach any milestones in your life, or want to commemorate someone, or maybe an event? Thinking about why you may be wanting a new tattoo may give you the answer to scratch that itch.
Sometimes, thinking about where you want your tattoo can give you an idea on what you want. How large do you want it? Placement of the tattoo is very important as well, so take into consideration any possible limitations, such as preexisting tattoos that are near the area you want, or if you want it covered for work, or if it flows with your body, or even if it’ll go well with work you already have.
Some people already have an idea of what they want, but don’t know the kind of style they may want it in. Well, you have the world at your fingertips, so use the internet to your full advantage and do a lot of research! Google images and Pinterest are great for inspiration, and to see art that others have done. If you find an image you like, print it out or save it for your consultation with your future artist. They can use your image as reference and come up with their own awesome spin on your design for a unique look for you!
Your tattoos are a reflection of yourself, and also a way for others to get to know a bit about you by looks alone, so you may want to think about both the style of your design, and the artist you’d like you work from. Artists have their own styles of art, so you might not want to ask someone who specializes in traditional Americana for photo-realism, or you might not get what you’ve been seeing in your head.
Another way is to look at artists’ portfolios. You can see from their artwork how they interpreted other ideas and applied it to their clients’ skin, and how they work with flow, placement, color, etc. So once you feel ready, you have already perused through artists’ portfolios and have seen their style of work and know where to go!
I hope this has been helpful and informative on your journey for tattoos!