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• Even if you have something specific in mind, take a look at a large variety of options and different images. Remember that this is going to be a permanent part of you, so take your time and look around.
• The internet is a great resource for finding tattoo art. There are many sites dedicated to various forms, but it's best to find those sites that have a large variety of tat designs in one place from a variety of artists. If the image inventory is large enough it can be a sort of "one stop shop". The key is to have a good variety from different styles.
• The method used to create your tattoo hasn't changed too much over time, even if the equipment has. Remember that tattoos can be painful when the work is being done, but they generally heal quickly. Before deciding where to get your cool tattoo, consider the more sensitive areas - the sternum, ribs, hands and feet. Of course everyone has different levels of tolerance so don't automatically assume it's going to be very painful.
• Once you find some cool tat designs, make sure you can explain the one(s) you want clearly to the tattoo artist doing the work. One great thing about looking online is there are many sites today that allow you to simply print the design so you can take it with you.
• You can always use what you see online for ideas to create your own design. Some sites will even allow you to design the tattoo yourself. However, if you have an idea what you want, most tattoo artists will be able to work with you to get the end result you want. That's a big part of their job.
• Consider the different varieties or styles of tattoos - tribal, artistic, languages such as Chinese characters, stars, images of animals, and the list goes on. While the ones listed here are some of the more popular today, the great thing about looking at an online resource is the sheer variety of tat designs that can be viewed from a very diverse group of artists from all over the world.
• Finally, consider your skin tone and your build when looking at all your options. Certain colors may look better on some people that on others. The tattoo artist you choose should be able to help you with this.
Tattoos have existed for thousands of years, and due to their popularity in recent years, we are only seeing this art form expand. Do remember before getting any tattoo to do a little investigation on the shop and make sure you see some of their other work. Then show them your tat designs and don't look back!