When you are thinking of getting a tattoo you are likely to encounter the same advice time and time again. People will always tell you that you need to think carefully about what you are going to get because it will be with you for the rest of your life. However, it is important to build on this relatively superficial advice that many people just find irritating because it has become so throw-away.
Perhaps the first thing you need to think about in terms of the suitability of your tattoo design relates to how specific it is to your current circumstances in your personal life. It is an unfortunate fact of life that things that seem certain at any given time later seem much more uncertain and sometimes cease to be the case altogether.
For instance, getting the name of your current girlfriend or boyfriend tattooed on your arm may seem like a great idea at the time and an even better idea when you get married, but if things change later on then these tattoos can become a painful reminder of something you’d rather not have a permanent physical memorial to.
Is it worth thinking of something that stands as a metaphor for how you feel about your current girlfriend or boyfriend rather than getting their name? Sometimes using metaphors and images that can be manipulated in terms of their interpretation is a better idea because it enables you to show off something very personal but the sentiment behind the tattoo does not have to be as permanent as the ink itself.
Another thing that you ought to think carefully about in order to make sure that you remain pleased with your tattoo further down the line has to do with originality. Is your design something that countless other people have or countless other people are likely to have in time? If the answer to this question is yes then it is worth having a re-think. Sometimes the proliferation of a certain design makes individual examples of that design less special.
Of course, you may decide that even a very common design is just perfect for you because it fits your personal style and tastes and it conveys a message that you relate to. In this case, it is obviously fine to go ahead with your design – although it may be worth seeing if you artist can find a way to make it your own so that you retain a sense of originality even if the idea is a prevalent one.
Author Byline: Lorraine Dawson enjoys writing articles on body art, often writing articles for Killer Ink Ltd