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When it comes to deciding on a tattoo, ask yourself the following questions. What does this mean to me? What am I getting the tattoo for? Will this image mean something to me ten years down the road?

All too often, in the world of tattoos you see people come in spur of the whim. But, in an honest opinion tattoos aren’t something you just do. Take the time to think about what you are getting, if you plan on getting other work make sure there is a continuity between pieces so that your body doesn’t look like a hodge podge of pictures.

If you find that you keep coming back to an idea in your mind, over and over again. Chances are that it is something that you could live with. Tattooing is one of many ways to permanently alter your body. Again, I can’t stress enough that this is something you will have to live with forever.

While deciding on getting a tattoo, if you find yourself thinking “ I can just get it removed if I don’t like it.” Just stop there, not all pigments can break up under the laser. It is not only a painful process, but will most definitely cost you thousands of dollars more, than the original tattoo.

Through the past few years, I have found that many “tattoo virgins” want massive tattoos.
As an artist, I often suggest starting with a smaller piece that they are thinking of getting later down the line. Starting small isn’t a bad thing, if you can’t tolerate the pain at least you can get through the 15-20 minutes it would take to complete something small, and be proud of the finished product. I can’t count the times I’ve seen people writhing in pain while under the needle. Most, don’t even make it through the first hour. They often leave with line work, and possibly a shade or two here or there, which in anyone’s mind isn’t attractive.

Looking for inspiration for tattoos is at your fingertips. The internet is now used by client and artist alike. It provides a quick, and easy reference. Using search engines such as, and is a good resource for anyone looking for meanings behind images, or something to reach out and grab you.

If you find an image you like, print it out and bring it into your local shop. Most artists will be happy to assist you in making sure your tattoo comes together the way you’d like. One of the best tattoos, is one where the client gives the tattoo artist creative control. Most artists, when given the opportunity to express themselves come up with breathtaking work. Trust your artist, if you can’t, ask yourself if you are truly ready for this step in your life.

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