6 Keys To A Great Tattoo Design

davehaines in Guides

Getting a tattoo is a decision that shouldn't be rushed into. Although tattoos are not as permanent as they once were, it is still a costly and painful process should you decide you no longer wish to have those dolphins permanently swimming down your back. Here are a few tips on how to ensure your tattoo design stands up to the tests of time.

1. Choose a design that you like. 

While this may seem like a no-brainier, many people get a tattoo based on what's "cool" at the time. Maybe they see the tattoo on someone else or get pressured into getting matching tattoos with a friend. Either way, it's a big no no. You're the one that has to live with your decision day in and day out so you might as well choose something that you like.

2. Double check spelling and grammar.

Nothing is more embarrassing than a misspelled tattoo. Have someone else double check the spelling and grammar. Don't just assume that your local tattoo artist was an English major.

3. Try it on for size.

Custom temporary tattoo's can be a great way to see what a tattoo looks like on your body in a less permanent manner. You can even order a few dozen tattoo's and apply them every week so you can get use to living with the design on a long-term basis. Companies like Strepik offer high quality tattoos that last about a week.

4. Location, Location, Location.

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5. Sit on your design for a while.

Once you have selected a design and you're ready to pull the trigger, wait. Six months, a year later if the tattoo still sounds like a good idea then go for it. Giving yourself sometime to virtually live with a tattoo can be less expensive if you decide to change your mind in the future.

6. Avoid Fads

As tempting as it is, stay away from current trends and fads. Odds are in 30 years that Gangnam Style tattoo on your ankle won't get as many laughs as it once did. Instead, focus on more timeless designs that people can't relate to no matter what year it may be.



I'm a temporary tattoo designer based in Toronto, Canada. My passion for body art mixed with a strong phobia of needles led me to start up a small temporary tattoo company.


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