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How to choose a tattoo that is right for you

A tattoo is forever. Unless, of course, you want to go through the pain and expense of removing it. So, think long and hard before you get one. You’ll need time to research options and self-awareness. If you follow the following steps, you can make the process real simple and easy.

How to choose a tattoo that is right for you

Step 1

Before you even consider the what and where of your tattoo, really think about whether you want that commitment.

Steps 2

Consider your values, personality, beliefs and aspirations. A tattoo is  an expression of who you are and how you want the world to see you. So, give some thought to the kind of symbols images and words that might convey the real you.

Step 3

If you don’t care about having something unique, you can always pick from the artists flash, pre-drawn designs displayed on the wall and books.

Step 4

Get inspiration for your tattoo by leafing through books and magazines. Visiting museums and art galleries researching symbols of your own name in ancestry. Looking at other people’s tattoos. If you’re considering getting a tattoo in a foreign language, be absolutely positive that it’s correct. David Beckham had his wife Victoria’s name misspelled in Hindi on his forearm.

Step 5

Seriously considered where you put the tattoo on your body, how might future bosses and potential lovers feel about it. Consider getting a temporary tattoo before you get the real thing to make sure the look and placement are right. Talk to people who already got tattoos. How did they make their decision and what they do anything differently if they could?

Step 6

Pick a sanitary licensed parlor. Look for single use needles, sterilization device called an autoclave and ink from a disposable container. Get proof that your artist has been vaccinated for hepatitis C. and that is a member of the alliance of professional tattooing.

Step 7

Follow all care instructions. Which should include washing a tattoo with warm soapy water and covering with an antibiotic ointment? Learn more about the best way to take care of a new tattoo.

Step 8

Enjoy showing off your new tattoo.

Did you know the most popular tattoos including butterflies, flowers, moons, flames, crosses, wings, angels, stars, tribal designs and Celtic symbols?

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