I love tattoos. Probably more now than ever before. I find it interesting how our view on life changes as we mature.
If you asked me about 6+ years ago my thoughts on tattoos (or even just life in general), my answer to you would be very different from what I would tell you now. I have found that throughout the last 5 years, I have really came to learn a lot about myself. Most of my self realized discoveries occurred in my early 20’s. Now I am currently 24 and I can probably list off all of my strengths and weaknesses. I can now distinguish between who I would like to be and who I truly am in the present. They say that the human mind is fully developed at age 25, but I think that there is always room to grow.
Do you have any tattoos? What do you think about them? If you want a tattoo, what would you want and where?
W a i t — Before we move on, if you aren’t at least 22 or 23, I would say you probably shouldn’t get a tattoo, yet. Honestly, you have your whole life to love your tattoo, so don’t rush into getting one for the wrong reasons.
If you don’t have a tattoo yet and you’re not still in your teens, I do recommend that you try getting a tattoo at least once in your life. I’m all for trying new things and living life to the fullest (in most cases), so even if it’s a tiny tattoo that no one will ever see, who cares! I say do it for the experience.
I still want a tattoo on my thigh, hip, and back. Currently, I already have tattoos behind my left and right ear, lower abdomen (new!), and left wrist. Maybe I’ll show them all to you in a post someday.
Tattoo Inspiration & Research
These are images that I’ve found on the web. I picked these images based on either design, tattoo placement, or idea. Most of them only satisfy one criteria. When picking your own tattoo, its a great idea to see what’s out there but of course, don’t limit yourself to what you see online.
On all of my computers, I have a tattoo folder where I drop images that I like into it. These are the most recent ones, all found sometime this year.
I’ve been really into thigh tattoos lately. I used to hate them actually, but as I see more and more tattoos on thighs, I realized that some of them can be quite beautiful. Not sure if I will ever be able to get one though, because my boyfriend is against it being on my thigh…
Planning Out Your Tattoos
- First decide if you want color tattoos or grey scale
- Decide what sort of style you are interested in (old school, new school, asian, etc)
- Map out where on your body you would like to get tattooed (behind the ear, nape, hip, etc)
- Once you have your mapped out your plan, think of what you would like tattooed and the best place to put it on your map
- Remember to always do lots of research until you feel confident in your decision before you commit
- Never get someones name tattooed unless they are dead or your parents/family/kids name
- Choose something that is timeless (not your current favorite tv show, but maybe that saying that your mom used to always tell you when you were a kid)
- Really consider the location of your tattoo and if it is appropriate for your future job (don’t forget that many people change jobs within their life time), family/kids, etc
- Print out the tattoo design that you like and tape it up on your bathroom mirror and look at it everyday for a couple of weeks to see how much you really like the design
- If possible, get a henna tattoo or even sharpie a mock up of your tattoo design and keep it for as long as you can to see if you life it
- It’s worth it to find a good tattoo artist and spend the extra money if needed
Anyways, if you made it this far in my blog post, thanks for reading! Lol, I know it’s all a bunch of jibber jabber. I’m just kinda thinking out loud through a blog post. Btw, sorry for the lack of posts and for all of them being somewhat untimely. I try to post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, but sometimes it’s hard!!
I’m in a bit of a busy patch in my already busy life, and also there have been lots of other issues that have came up that makes me a little depressed. But its ok, with a little time, all things shall pass.
See you again in my next post!