Re: Tattoo idea for my 20th birthday
on 03-14-2008 04:41 PM
<Personal Opinion> I'd say not to design your own...as in don't draw it yourself and get a tattoo artist to do it for you and don't get it with the idea that it means something. I've got two big pieces, entire left arm sleeve and right leg half sleeve...both are custom made by the tattoo artist and both, in my opinion, are well done. Neither of them mean absolutely anything...i just wanted pretty tattoos. I approached the artists with a rough idea / theme, we sat down for a consultation meeting where the rough sketched the elements, after some conversation, I came back to view the final sketch and they were both awesome. If you can't have faith in the artist to design a tattoo for you, you probably should trust him to tattoo you for life [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
At my last session I actually talked to my artist about this (after a conversation about Miami/London/LA Ink and how ridiculous they are) and he gave me his point of view. The better tattoo artists are formally trained and want the artistic freedom that you probably do with your work. Giving them a good balance of direction and freedom will get you a wicked piece, trust me. Thinking of an idea you really like and just allowing them to use their abilities to design the tattoo is the best approach, in my opinion. They know what they're doing and they'll probably design something better than you could..i mean...that's their job.
Based on the fact that you're asking for input ideas gives me the impression that you're pretty open minded about what goes on your body. As weird as it sounds, I think that's a great mindset. I think that people who regret their tats are generally people who asked for specific things at specific times in their lives and turned out to be disappointed or have matured. If you can just think of a cool idea, think of key elements you want and just allow the artist to work his magic...you'll be happy, i bet.
As for ideas, I dunno, it's your body. If it's specifically for your birthday though..what about a set of gears and an old clock face with the hands pointing to your time of birth? You could maybe incorporate a mechanical heart/valve system and get it on your chest....?
Any idea what artist you're going to go to? After you have a rough idea, I'd strongly recommend browsing around and finding an artist who's usual style matches something you'd like. If the artist usually does small tribal pieces, don't go to them for a big colourful custom piece...if you want a big greyscale, mechanical piece..don't go to the guy with only coy fish in his folio.
Anyways, hope it all works out for you man. I really love my tats and plan on having the 4 limbs covered. It's definitely not for everyone, but if you really want one, the experience is awesome. </Personal Opinion>
<edit> after realizing plenty of people typed a response while i was ranting...I could've just said what rooster and saladin said [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]