If you are considering a tattoo for the first time you may have some questions about how to pick out a tattoo design. Finding the correct design for you is really important as tattoos are basically permanent unless you want to pay to have them removed. So for your first time here are some things that you should consider about what type of design you should have, where you can find ideas for designs, and if you can create your own.
When giving tips for choosing a design for a tattoo the best advice is "what do you really like?" You should pick a design that really expresses something you feel strongly about or something that when you look at it you smile. A good example of this is many that are in the military often get themselves tattooed with very American symbols such as the eagle or if they are marines the "devil dog" or bulldog mascot. On the other hand you may love butterflies and consider having a butterfly design done in a place where you can see it and it makes you smile.
You can find a design that you will like almost anywhere. You can search online and you will find some that will let you print out the designs for free and other will allow you to download them for a fee. The choices are unlimited online so that is a good place to start. Another place you can look for a good tattoo design is at the tattoo parlor where you are planning to have yours done at. They will have lots of books full of designs and each artist will have their own portfolio full of ideas.
If you have not found any tattoo ideas that peak your interest you can try to design your own original work. This is especially ease if you have an artistic ability. You can just draw it up and take it to the parlor where you will have it done and they put it into a special copier that will print out the design on tattoo paper, and you have your own unique tattoo. If you are not artistic you can cut picture out of a magazine and take it into the artist, not all pictures can be copied but a good artist should be able to make a nice rendition of it for you.
The next thing you should consider is how big you are going to want your chosen design and where you are going to have it placed. Many artists will recommend that for the first time you select a design that is smaller. This way you can test yourself and see if you can tolerate the pain, most people are fine but there are some that are extra sensitive and may decide not to proceed. The other question to consider is where you want the tattoo. Make sure that the place you work does not have any restrictions as to visible tattoos and many people think it will be neat to have the tattoo design put in a discrete area but just remember, in order to get it there, someone will be looking.