The art of tattooing, which includes henna design and its derivatives, has become an integral part of the world’s culture and tradition. When colonizers arrived in different territories, they noticed that even pre-colonial people in different territories with their full body painted with tattoos.
As an important part of our collective culture, the art of tattooing has symbolized the unique identity of many indigenous peoples and tribes in many parts of the world from India to the Bahamas with each tattoo representing different aspects of the peoples’ lives, especially men’s masculinity and women’s roles being played in the society.
Also, over the course of the history, tattooing has had a negative connotation across the world. It came to a point when people who have had plenty of tattoos were seen indifferently by the society, especially being as a criminal.
But despite this dark part of the history, the number of people who made tattooing as professional as possible has increased, which makes the entire industry of tattooing more professionalized.
Indeed, tattooing, which includes henna and other tattoo-related body arts, is a great experience if you have done your homework. But if you’re still unsure of your decision, there are quick tips that can help anyone decide whether having a tattoo is really something that you want to have.
One of the most common reasons why people regret having a tattoo done is because they made the decision out of impulsivity. Since a tattoo is permanent, one should not just decide to have a tattoo without giving it a thought very well. Once just can’t go into a tattoo shop and decide right at the moment that he or she is getting a tattoo done.
Don’t decide on having a tattoo done just because it looks good on other people such as your friends. You have to remember that you will be carrying that tattoo for the rest of your like. In order to avoid having regrets in the future, you need to make it a point that the design is something that’s personal and has a personal meaning to you.
Make the design personal
Whether you want to have a traditional, modern, oriental, or realistic tattoo, you have to have a clearer direction. The choice of style is your starting point for design selection. Provide the specific style or theme, which will determine the direction of the tattoo, in terms of design.
Some people prefer older and classic designs while some would go for newer ones. For starters, it would be best to start by having a more modern design rather than go for older design, which may be outdated already. Choose a tattoo that represents a part of your personality that’s totally unique of you. You might want to consider a design about your parents, your love for music or art, or your love for adrenaline rush. The end goal is to have a tattoo that says something about you or your different passions.
It’s not a joke that one more perk of having the right tattoo is that it tends to transform anyone into a better version of him or herself. A tattoo that inspires an individual is something that can create positive changes to a person’s life. A tattoo on a wrist that can trigger someone to be more imaginative can propel anyone to become a better writer.
Other words that can inspire anyone to become a better version of themselves are designs with a theme such as to become “happy” or something that propels positive vibes. This is also a great reminder for anyone that life’s too short to spend it with hatred towards others.
Finding the right artist
Having the right motivation to have a tattoo or having the right design in mind will all be wasted without the right person to render the design and bring the design into reality. At the end of the day, a tattoo is still a form of art which beauty is dependent on the person giving life to that work of art.
In your area, you can find different tattoo artists who specialize in different types of tattoo design or specific genre. For example, some artists are better in rendering portrait tattoo design while some are more comfortable in tribal sketches.
Whoever designer you’re eyeing to choose to give life to your design, what’s important is that that person is certified tattoo artist and has been tattooing professionally.
Also, please do not under-estimate the power of referral. Facebook is your main access to underground pool of talented tattoo artist. All you need to do is to ask the right people.
Yet another important aspect to consider when having a tattoo design done. It’s really not cheap to have a tattoo done, especially since coming up with a creative idea is not an easy task more so the processes of making that idea come into reality.
In fact, a large chunk of our money that we pay when having a tattoo made only goes to the design itself, if you come to think of it. As much as the process is painful for the client, the whole process of rendering the tattoo design is not an easy job for the tattoo artist. Thus, paying the design what is due for his talent is a way of showing your respect to the craft and to his talent.
Taking care of your tattoo does not only rest on the tattoo artist making the design. The majority of the work lies on your part. Since, again, having a tattoo is a lifetime commitment, one should also remember that having a tattoo involves after-care responsibility.
Having a tattoo does not end on having the design rendered and that’s it. It has to be well taken care of for as long as you have the tattoo, which means, for the rest of your life. So this is another area that interested individuals should look into when thinking of having a tattoo. Is it something that you are ready doing for the rest of your life? Or the do you think that your desire to have a tattoo done will fade as time goes by? If you answered yes to the first question and no the second one, then having a tattoo is really for you and should go for it.