It’s pretty amazing how open and accepted tattoos have become, right? Comparing twenty or even thirty years ago to now, it’s amazing how much acceptance of having a tattoo has become. It’s even gotten to the point where employers are more open to having their employees show them off. So, are you planning to get a tattoo? 

The idea alone is pretty exciting, isn’t it? Tattoos are not just a form of self-expression but a commitment to an art piece that stays with you for a lifetime. But before you dive into the ink pool, it’s important to take a step back and consider a few essential questions. Seriously, tattoos are something that should never be taken lightly. They’re expensive, there’s upkeep, and even tattoo removal alone is painful and painfully expensive. 

You have to ask yourself some questions because doing so ensures your tattoo journey is exciting, fulfilling, and free of regrets. So, with that said, what are the questions you should ever be asking yourself?

Why do I want this tattoo?

Pretty much this is the foundational question you need to ask yourself. You have to have a solid understanding of your motivation behind getting a tattoo, as this can help ensure that your decision is rooted in personal significance and not a spur-of-the-moment impulse. There are a lot of tattoo trends out there, such as getting a realism tattoo, an infinity tattoo, and those 2011 mustache tattoos, just to name a few examples. 

So, do you want it to follow the trend, or is there a profound reason for it? Whether it’s to commemorate an important life event, honor a loved one, or simply adorn your body with art that speaks to you, knowing the ‘why’ can help sustain your affection for the tattoo long-term.

What design do I want, and why do I want this?

So this goes back to the first question above: Why? So, with that said, once you know why you want a tattoo, think about what you want to be inked on your body. This goes beyond just picking a cool design off the internet. Again, is it for a trend, the fact it’s cool, or is there another purpose? 

You should consider what designs resonate with you deeply. Does it reflect your personality, beliefs, or interests? Is there a specific style or tattoo artist’s work you admire? Seriously, remember this: a tattoo is a piece of art that will live on your skin, so choose something that will continue to hold personal value.

How will the placement affect me?

It’s not just about the tattoo itself but where. Honestly, placement is key. Some areas of the body are more sensitive, prone to stretching, or likely to fade faster due to sun exposure and friction. For example, if you get one on your stomach, there’s the chance that, over time, it could warp (such as due to weight gain or pregnancy). 

So you’ll want to think about how the tattoo will look as you age, and how it might affect your professional life. Are you okay with it being visible during work meetings, or would you prefer a more discreet location? Your comfort with these aspects can significantly influence your satisfaction with the tattoo.

Published by HOLR Magazine.

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