Make Your Own Tattoo
We’ve already told you how to make your own fake tattoo, but what do you do if you want to design your own? Becoming an artist takes years of practice, so you may not have what it takes to immediately draw out a masterpiece. Plus, picking a design can be difficult when there are hundreds of thousands of designs to choose from. This article breaks it down into nice, easy steps anyone can follow.
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First, to make your own tattoo, you need to pick out the design elements. Think about why you want the tattoo—is it to express yourself, to honor a loved one, or simply to enhance your beauty? Think about what kind of elements match these things. If you’re expressing yourself or a loved one, you should already be aware of some ideas. Whether it’s a favorite animal, plant, game, or otherwise, anything that’s associated with your person of choice would make a fitting design. For more beauty-oriented tattoos, abstract designs work better. This is why tribal tattoos are so popular—they accent the curve of the body quite well. However, there are many other ways to accent curves. Flowers, vines, flames, and any design with defined edges will work well.
Once you have themes in mind, get to drawing! Learning how to draw takes years of work, and that’s not something I can summarize in a single article. Thankfully, you don’t need to have a perfect grasp of art to do this. Look up tattoo designs for your themes ahead of time to get some ideas about what kind of style you want. Then, look up photographs of your target. In example, if you want a tattoo of a tiger, go ahead and look up photographs of tigers from many different angles. Practice drawing tigers a few days, copying what you see in the images. Once you’re comfortable with that, you can pick your own poses for the design. If you have trouble with this, you can look up the musculature or the skeleton online. This applies for every other design under the sun. Combine all of your elements, and voila, you have a design!
But, since you probably don’t have a degree in art, you may still be unsatisfied. Many tattoo artists will do custom art, and since you have a base design already, it should be cheaper than usual. Ask an artist to remake your design and see if you’re satisfied with the new result. You can also commission artists online to remake it, which tends to be very cheap. If you don’t have that much money to dedicate towards a full-color tattoo, black and white tattoos are much cheaper to commission, and you can tell your tattoo artist to fill in the blanks with color at a later date.
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The only time you’ll want to splurge is if you’re getting a human figure tattooed onto your body. It’s very easy to mess up on faces especially, so you’ll want to commission your tattoo artist specifically for that one. If your tattoo artist isn’t able to imitate a photograph of a person, you need to know that ahead of time! Switch artists until you find someone who can perfectly capture your tattoo. Yes, it might take a little bit of money to commission all of those designs, but the design is something you’ll have to look at every day for the rest of your life. You want it to look as good as possible!
Another important thing to do is to check the spelling of anything involving letters. This includes foreign language words! Always check in with a native speaker to see if the meaning of foreign language tattoos matches what you think it is. The internet is an excellent place to do that, since you can communicate with people across the world instantly! Although Google translate is a reliable tool to translate web pages for us to read, it is not a substitute for proper fact checking. Many words can have innocuous meanings in Google translate, but actually end up being slang for something obscene. To avoid this permanent error, do your fact checking!
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Now, whether you chose to make your own tattoo drawing or have it commissioned, you should have an excellent design by now. All that’s left is to have your artist okay the design and get it done permanently! Keep in mind that not all artists will do custom designs. What’s more, even if they do custom designs, they may not want to do yours. When an artist turns down your design, be sure to ask them why. If they think the design isn’t good enough, it might be in your interest to ask them to improve it. Pay attention to any critique a tattoo artist gives back to your work, since they’re the expert on it. If they think it’s too complicated for a tattoo design, then it’s time to look elsewhere. Depending on the complexity of your design, it might end up expensive to get it inked. Larger tattoos and detailed tattoos take longer to ink, which means more time out of their day, which means a more expensive price tag. No matter what kind of design you chose, there’s sure to be someone out there that can rendition it perfectly. Don’t give up if you have trouble finding one, and just remember that the end result will be worth it.
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Ultimately, designing tattoos is hard work. That’s why tattoo artists get paid so much—not only do they have to design tattoos every now and then, but they also have to replicate it exactly and avoid making errors. The best way to ensure your design is as good as it can be is to practice drawing ahead of time. It takes some people years to learn how to draw, and others months. The difference between the two groups of people has nothing to do with talent—it has to do with effort. The more time you spend working towards your goal, the more experience you will gain, and the better the result will be. This applies to more than just tattoos. Anyways, good luck with your designs, and feel free to send us your custom designs if you want to show them off!