How to Find Inspiration for Your Next Tattoo


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From searching for unique designs to finding an image that resonates with you, the process of looking for your next tattoo can be a very exciting experience. Tattoos tend to hold a lot of meaning, so it’s important to make sure that you get the right one for you. But, if you are reading this, then you are probably already well aware that inspiration can be a very tricky thing to work with. It doesn’t just switch on and off like a light bulb; sometimes it can take years to finally feel inspired by something. This is why we’ve come up with some ways to help you speed up the process a little.

Go back to basics

Your first step is to work out why you want your tattoo. If you’re looking to get one for purely aesthetic reasons, then it might be better to wait until you want a tattoo for a more meaningful reason. After all, a tattoo that’s a trendy fashion statement is very likely to go out of fashion at some point or might leave you with something you might not like in a few years’ time. For example, remember the super-fashionable tribal tattoos from the 90s? They’re not looking so great these days. However, if you go for a more meaningful, traditional tattoo, it won’t matter whether it is in fashion or not.

So, take some time out to think about the reasons for your tattoo. Perhaps you’re getting some new ink to commemorate a loved one or to mark a stage in your personal development. Or maybe you have had an experience that you would like to remember forever. Whatever it is, make sure that you have a good reason.

Destination unknown

Believe it or not, plenty of people go to the tattoo parlor without even thinking about where they would like their new tattoo to be. Don’t make the same mistake and go without knowing where you would like your new tattoo to be located! Placement is key. A good tattoo artist will tell you whether or not your idea is going to work in the place that you want it to, so take their suggestions on board. After all, it works in their favor if the tattoo is flattering and well-placed.

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Caption: Once you’ve made your mind up, find the best artist in town

Narrow it down

Once you’ve got an idea of why and where, have a think about what you might like to have. This is where looking at other tattoos comes in handy. Create a mood board on Pinterest to see if a general style or image keeps recurring in your favorite pins.

If you would like your new ink to reflect your tastes or hobbies, keep an eye out for symbols in those areas. Music lovers might want to check out the tattoos of famous musicians (such as Lady Gaga) for inspiration, while sports fans could look to their favorite players to find a meaningful symbol. If casinos are your thing, perhaps look to the famous fruit machine symbols created by Charles Fey or do as Ariel Winter did and choose a symbol from a deck of cards.

Choose your weapon

Another way to go about finding inspiration for your body’s artwork is to look for your tattoo artist first. Most artists have a portfolio of their work available online, so it’s easier than ever to find the right one for you. If you have an idea of the type of tattoo you would like, type that into Google and see if there are any artists near you. It is not unheard of for people to travel the world to make an appointment with a tattoo artist, so just decide ahead of time how much money you are prepared to invest in your new artwork! You could also attend tattoo conventions to find new artists and get to know them before you decide to book your consultation.

Make that booking

Even if you are still stuck for inspiration, a good tattoo artist will help you to come up with something that you might not even have thought of. Just make sure that you are happy with your artist and the work before you agree to anything. It’s always a good idea to sleep on it before making any commitments!

We hope you love your new inking!



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