5 Questions to Ask Before Getting a Tattoo

What Tattoo Design Should I Choose?

One of the first things you have to decide is what the design of the tattoo is going to be. This is probably the hardest part of the process because there are so many designs to choose from. You are almost going to be spoiled for choice amongst the myriad of designs available at the tattoo parlor of your choice.

People normally have tattoos done as an expression of their personality or feelings, or to reflect their love for somebody or something. The names of wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends and children are always popular.

If you are going to get somebody’s name, especially if it is a boyfriend or girlfriend from a fairly new relationship, you might want to consider only having the first name, rather than the first name and second name for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a bit more personal, and secondly, tattoos are extremely hard to remove if the relationship does not last.

You might want to reflect your dedication to your favorite sporting team or your favorite band or celebrity instead.

Celtic tattoos are very popular, as are eagles, mermaids, butterflies, flowers and angels, depending on whether you are a male or female.

There are even people who like to have tattoos related to their favorite books or films, such as spells or sayings from the famous Harry Potter series of books and movies for example.

You should certainly do some research before you go to the tattoo parlor for your appointment so you know exactly what you are going to ask for. There are lots of websites on the internet with galleries of designs and photos of other peoples’ tattoos for you to browse through.

You might even want to purchase a template of a tattoo that catches your eye and appeals to you, so you can take the template to the tattooist who will do the work for you.
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What Color Should My Tattoo Be?

The color or colors of your tattoo will be down to personal preference. For example, if you have a rose tattoo, you do not have to stick to red. Roses can be any color, and black is a very common choice. You might want to do some research on the internet as to what each color of a rose normally indicates and make your choice according to what you want it to mean.

Celtic tattoos tend to be just black or charcoal in color, but designs such as butterflies will generally give you a bit more free rein when it comes to choosing the colors. On the other hand, an eagle for example, will really need to stick to the colors of an eagle in real life for it to be effective.

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Where Should I Put My Tattoo?

A tattoo can be put on almost any part of the human body so where you have your tattoo is going to depend on a few factors. For example, do you want it to be visible to everyone or do you just want a discreet tattoo that only you or the people you choose to show it to know about?

You may also want to consider whether your employer would approve of the tattoo, because that would likely influence where you decide to have it, in a visible spot or somewhere normally covered by clothing.

Some people like to have their tattoos in strange places such as the top of their head, under their chin or even on their most intimate body parts.

Women seem to like having tattoos on their lower back, their hip, on the back of their shoulder and on their ankles. Popular places for men are the upper back, the upper arms, their chest and their calves. There is really no right or wrong place to have a tattoo, whether you are male or female, it is completely up to you.

One thing that might influence your choice of location is the pain factor. Some parts of the body, such as the hands and feet, are more sensitive than others because of the depth of the skin and vicinity of bones.

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How Long Will It Take?

The time it takes to complete the tattoo will very much depend on the design you have chosen. Obviously the size of the design that will affect the length of time you can expect to be in the tattoo parlor. The bigger the design, the longer it will take, but if you are just having a small, simple design on your ankle for example, it will be a relatively quick process.

The type of design will also have an effect on the time the tattoo will take. For example and angel or devil tattoo design tends to have a simpler structure with bold colors, whereas a tribal design, for example, can be quite complex with many sections and colors. Butterflies too can be either very simple or very complex designs, just like they can in real life.

How Much Will My Tattoo Cost?

The cost of your tattoo will depend on the size and complexity of the design you choose. The longer it takes for the artist to create the tattoo, the more it will cost you because he has to be paid for the time it takes him to do the work.

Using a template you might have purchased online could save you money in the long run, because the tattoo artist will not have to design a fresh tattoo from scratch.

Custom tattoos are more expensive than pre-made designs you choose from a catalogue. If you really want a unique design that nobody else is going to have, then you will need to pay to have an artist design something for you personally. This is going to cost more so you might want to think about a smaller tattoo for somewhere like your ankle rather than going for something right across your back for example.


Having a tattoo isn’t something that should be taken lightly. You should really be serious about your decision, and sure that you are prepared to live with the tattoo for the rest of your life. Removing a tattoo is very difficult and can be very painful so think carefully about the points mentioned above.
Hopefully the questions we have discussed above have made you realize the sort of questions you should be asking yourself before you go ahead. You can talk to your friends and loved ones about the tattoo, and get their opinion on where you should have it, which design and other things you are not sure about.

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