Tattoos can be a marvelous work of body art or they can end up being one of the worst mistakes you’ve ever made possibly resulting in many hours of pain and much more money then you’d imagined to have removed.
FACT: Most people who have never had a tattoo before simply walk into any tattoo parlor, rush to choose a tattoo design from the flash on the wall, and don’t give much thought at all the the fact that they are permanently altering their bodies.
Personally, I love tattoos, but this is the absolute worst way to choose a tattoo design that you will be living with for the rest of your life. Whether this is the first time you are getting a tattoo, or you’ve sat in the chair a time or two, there is a much better way to choose your tattoo design. Don’t make the same costly mistake that countless others have made before you! If you take a few moments and follow this simple plan, you will know that you are making the right choice for yourself.
Consider why it is that you are looking to get tattooed. There are many different reasons, but most fall into the top 13:
1. Self Expression – a picture is worth a thousand words. Everything from the whimsical to the horrifying
2. Tribal Identity – one of the original sources of tattooing. In modern times it can have a positive connotation such as the emblem of a Navy SEAL, or a negative connotation such as a “prison tat.”
3. To Mark a Spiritual Passage – for example to mark a speci