It helps to consider significant dates and events, such as birthdays and wedding anniversaries, when choosing a meaningful tattoo design, according to cosmetologist and skincare advocate Jodie Michalak of About.com. These dates can be written in various characters, such as Roman numerals.Continue Reading
Michalak also recommends zodiac symbols, which are constant and important marks. Birthstones also hold a personal significance. Each birth month has its own animal and flower. The Chinese horoscope and the particular animal that represents a person's birth year also makes a good tattoo design.
A person who values his family can choose portrait tattoos of a family member. These tattoos look classy when inked in black and gray combinations. A person can also frame his portraits with filigree decorations that produce a Victorian cameo style. For a lovely jewelry-inspired tattoo, he can put pictures in a locket design. A person who wants to express his favorite sentiment can pick verse and lettering tattoos that serve as a daily affirmation of his beliefs. These tattoos are best placed on visible areas, such as the inner wrist and forearm.
It is important to find a talented and experienced artist, especially when getting a portrait tattoo, notes Michalak. The artist should be an expert in this particular style of tattooing, as portrait tattoos can come out badly when done by an inexperienced tattooist.Learn more about Tattoos
There are two main ways to approach a Native American or American Indian tattoo design, including traditional tribal designs associated with specific tribal groups and general iconography that is associated with Native American culture, including feathers and dream catchers. Tribal tattoos may require some research, particularly if the individual wants to get a tattoo design associated with a specific tribe. For example, the Cree tribe is associated with linear facial tattoos for women, while members of the Mohawk tribe may have had tattoos of animals such as turtles, wolves or bears, according to The Vanishing Tattoo.Full Answer >
Any reputable tattoo artist is capable of applying your desired design onto your body. The key is to know exactly what you want, so research images of footballs and similar tattoos prior to your appointment. More importantly, find a tattoo artist whose portfolio reflects the style you have in mind.Full Answer >
It is considered appropriate to tip approximately 20 percent to a tattoo artist, even more if he is creating a unique design. If creating the tattoo takes more than one session, it is good etiquette to tip after each session.Full Answer >
The traditional Samoan tattoo is called pe'a and consists of a symmetrical design of straight lines and blocks. They are done with only black ink and extend from the midtorso to the knees.Full Answer >