There are different places on the body that hurt less than others… the meat on your arm or back shoulder where there is more fatty tissue will not hurt as much as a tattoo that sits on the spine.
Where needle can hit bone, it will hurt more.
Originally, I only wanted 1 tattoo… but tattoos, they get into your blood. Once you get one, you’ll want more. I already have thoughts on my next 4. Yes… I’ll be getting at least 4 more. I can almost hear Papa shudder.
There are several different types of tattoo guns. If your artist, or should I say in this case Tattooist, only uses one, then you may not be getting the best tattoo you can get. It’s far better to go to someone who’s an artist and trained as an artist first that then becomes a tattooist. You can’t train in natural artistic talent.
My best suggestion in looking for an artist is to Google it. You can go by reputation but you also need to look at skin. A good tattoo will look like a piece of art, a bad tattoo will look like a tattoo. You can, as my piece of work shows, have a nice piece of art on your body that doesn’t even remotely look like a tattoo. You want the word “Tattoo” to be the 2nd thing a person thinks of when they see your ink.
You want a piece, that when people see it, they gasp and say “Wow!”, which is what tattoo covered guys did when they looked at my ink while in the process. That’s a good tattoo, when people in the business say WOW.
You want to view a tattooists work on skin. NOT in a photograph, tho in the case of great tattoo’s they will still look great in a photograph. A bad tattoo will look like “just a tattoo” on skin. If your going for a tattoo for the sake of a tattoo, then ok. But if your going for art and for something that’s dedicated for just you, then you need to do your leg work and home work on this.
When you finally pick your artist, then take some concepts or pictures and images of what you like, but fully expect and ask for artistic freedom. You’ll want him to create a piece that is just for you and you’ll be the only one wearing it. In this tattoo, I told my artist the following information:
- I like Amy Brown
- I like this Fall Colors in this piece
- I like the tree with faces in this piece
- I like the branches in this piece
- I don’t like the way the fairy is sitting in this piece
He then did some web research and drew out a sketch. He showed me the sketch and told me what he’d be doing with the color scheme and I was thrilled. We went from there and this piece is one of the best ones he’s done, in his opinion, and the opinion of his colleagues.
Also… Tattooists get awards. Ask them what kind of awards they have. If they don’t have any awards, look for another tattooist. My tattooist has a lot of awards. He only has one displayed, but he has many many awards. Ask the names of the awards and research the awards. If he’s won them, his name in conjunction with the award will be in Google somewhere. You can even call the group that provides the awards to be sure.
So you’re probably wondering what a bad tattoo looks like. Here’s a few examples:
The last one looks like a good tattoo… until you start really looking… the Shading on the wings is not that good… you can see that it’s blotchy and the outline of the wings is also awkward. Also, some of the shading is outside the lines, yikes!
Heres an example of a great tattoo:
This should get you pointed in the right direction, if you’re interested in getting your very own tattoo!
© “Fizz” 2009