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TATTOOED; TO BE, OR NOT TO BE.
March 26, 2017
Not every one should be tattooed, here is a clue if wearing a tattoo is really not for you;
If during the process of deciding whether or not to get a tattoo you find yourself thinking you will some day want to remove it, you should not be tattooed at all. Do Not get a tattoo until you are absolutely sure, and you have no doubt that you can live with the good or bad results.
Don’t let anyone fool you. Tattoos are still permanent and always will be. In order to remove a tattoo from your body, the skin the tattoo is in has to be removed. Once you are marked with a tattoo, you are marked for life. Even when the pigment is successfully removed, you will still be marked with a scar for life.
Be prepared. Someone is going to tell you your tattoos are ugly, even when they are beautiful and well done. But, ugly tattoos are ugly tattoos and everyone has seen one. Ugly tattoos are very hard to live with, the cost of a shitty tattoo goes on for ever. If you don’t have the personality to deal with the good or bad criticism, you should not be tattooed.
Tattoos really are not for everyone. They hurt, and you must be prepared to handle the criticism, as popular as tattoos are, they are not accepted every where, and never will be. Which I think is a good thing.
And of course you must consider your influence on Co-worker and Clients and other people you want to keep in your life. Will the placement or subject influence those people and the decisions they make concerning you and your relationship with them? If it will, maybe you should not be tattooed on that part of your body, or maybe you should change the subject.
Now that you have decided to be tattooed, here are some good things to know about your Design! First, there is nothing new under the sun. That is right, there is nothing new under the sun. Every tattoo design has already been done, once its on you, there is nothing you can do.
Tattooing, its all done for fun, there is nothing new under the sun.
The only thing (new) about your design, is it is your version and you are the one to wear it. Hamburgers, Hot dogs and Office chairs, Maggots, Moonbeams, Sailors, Sinners, Dog feces and Princes Dianne have become modern tattoo designs. Nothing is sacred, not even a dead rats ass, It has all been done before.
In other words, most every subject makes good tattoo designs reference. All it takes is a good Custom Tattoo Artist with a creative imagination, some good tattools and your skin to make a good tattoo come to life.
After figuring out what your design will be, there are several factors that should be considered before you become tattooed. Knowing a few of these details will help you decide if you really should be tattooed with that design, right where you want it to be.
How big do you want the finished tattoo to be. The tattoo should be sized to compliment the area being tattooed, and allow for the smallest details of the design. You should “respect color” as detail, and make the smallest area to have color, large enough to have enough color in the area to be brilliant.
Another general rule of thumb is, parallel lines should be no closer than an 1/8 inch apart. And where lines come to a point, the angle should be no sharper than the angle of a sharp wooden pencil.
Where on your body do you want the tattoo placed. Not only will the placement influence size, the area will also influence the over all shape and the actual position. It doesn’t seem to matter what the design actually is, there seems to be a natural way for the design to fit the place on the body.
An experienced Tattooer can “see” the best position and size. Listen to them. Bigger is usually better, although the design can over whelm the area which may not be good. Experience is key to getting everything right.
Will the design offend any one. An offensive tattoo can cause you grief in the public swimming pool, Circuit Court, Police Check point, Job Interview, PTA Meeting, meeting your new Neighbor, Etc, etc.
Think twice before getting an offensive design where it is hard to cover with your clothes.
Will the design draw undue attention to you or the people around you at the time. There again, think twice before getting an offensive design where it is hard to cover with your clothes.
Drawing undue attention to oneself, or those around you, with a provocative tattoo will ruin the immediate fun you’re having, and may ruin your friendship with those people.
Can you conceal the design from every ones view. Tattoo designs have always been provocative in one way or another. That is what makes Tattoo work so powerful and contentious.
As a matter of fact, because tattoos invoke so much personal response from people in general, tattooing is actually a language recognized and protected by the Constitution of the United States of America as a form of free speech.
But just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should. The power of Tattoos should be respected by those that wear tattoos, and those that do them, to the point that offensive tattoos be place on the body in position to be easily covered by typical cloths any time there maybe a chance of offending the public.
With this in mind, tattoos should not be placed above the neck line or below the wrist with out serious consideration on the effects that directly effect the person, the public, and/or the Tattoo profession. Will the tattoo design, the placement, or situation of being tattooed draw undue attention to the Tattoo Profession or the Collectors personal lifestyle, or the situation.
Here’s an example; An advertisement for an Online Casino, being tattooed on some ones forehead, is not in the best interest of the Client or the Tattoo Profession, or the Advertisers, or the Situation.
Here is why; The Client has to wear, or have the tattoo removed in order to maintain employment, get a romantic date, have a fair judgement in a Court of Law, talk with their children without convincing them they have a fool for a parent, and many other negative dilemmas that effect the person and/or the profession.
The Profession suffers when this type of sensational tattooing occurs because of the negative media attention given to the Tattooer and the Client. This type of negative exposure makes all Professional Tattooers and Enthusiasts look like we are -complete idiots- that will do anything for publicity, and that we have no self control or respect for our Clients.
Enthusiasts and Tattooers that use Tattoos, or the Profession of Tattooing, for publicity stunts that are derogatory to the other People wearing tattoos or the Tattoo Profession in general, are another group of people that do not respect the art of tattooing, and should get out and stay out of tattooing altogether.
Do not support these type of sensationalism, it is very bad for the tattoo business.
Back to the DESIGN.
Is the design best suited for a limited (sepia tone) color, full color , or will a Black Wash compliment the design and your expectations.
Color “is” detail and needs a place to be. Size the (design) so the areas to be tattooed with the color area is big enough for the amount of color to be brilliant. If the size of area won’t allow that to happen, leave the color out all together, or enlarge the design.
Here again, an experienced tattooers will direct you to the right size for the details to work best. If your Tattooer isn’t discussing these details, maybe you should talk with a different Tattooer.
Knowing the tattooers skills is paramount to getting what you want.
A Tattoo should also be big enough that the natural changes that will take place as the tattoo cures (changes) over time does not distort the design beyond an acceptable change.
All tattoos change, but small body changes over time have very little effect on a well done tattoo. But if you are already, or think of becoming pregnant you should talk with an experienced tattooer to see if the design and placement will be disturbed through the stretching of skin or the delivery process (c-section) etc.
And Yes, you can be Professionally Tattooed during pregnancy with out any harm to your Baby. I have tattooed many pregnant Clients and have never seen a baby born -all colored up-, or any problems associated with tattooing and pregnancy.
Talk with your Professional Tattooer, if there is any doubt they will refer you to talk with your Doctor for more advice.
An Experienced Tattooer will be able to talk with you about any other questions you may have and direct you to the right answer. Most questions you have concerning tattoos and your design have multiple answers, any one of them may be the right choice for you, depending on the circumstances. Think it through before proceeding with the tattoo process. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion.
But, most important, once the commitment has been made to be tattooed, stay until the end. Only the Tattoo Artist knows when the tattoo is finally done. The best detail and the finishing touches comes at the end of the tattooing process. Stay with the project until the tattoo is finished. Don’t waist the Tattooers time if you don’t intend for him/her to finish the work.
FYI; Any tattoo that takes more than 3 hours may need a “finish setting” to make the tattoo the best it can possibly be. As soon as the tattoo is healed, stop in to the tattoo shop and let the tattooer see what they did, they will appreciate seeing the tattoo and you’ll get the best service possible. If the tattooer sees where the tattoo can be improved they can tell you at that time.
If your design is larger than 8 inches in diameter the tattoo (should) take more than one setting. Research your tattooer, look closely at their skills and style before beginning the tattoo, not in the middle of the tattoo.
Once you hire a tattooer respect them and their tattooing process, and stay until they are finished. Multiple setting tattoos go through many different stages of completion and may not look very good during the tattoo and healing process.
This (unfinished work in progress) will draw a lot of criticism from both friends and foes. Not only will you have to withstand a lot of ridicule from other enthusiasts, but also other tattooers that don’t understand the multiple setting tattoo process.
Just remember: If these unprofessional tattooers were any good, and they actually knew what they are talking about, you would have gone to them first.
Stay strong and let your first choice Tattoo Artist do their work.
Think wisely, Shop around, and Support your Local Tattoo Artists when you can.