Planning your tattoo.Posted By Jo Harrison on 10th February 2015
I get asked about the best way to plan a tattoo all the time so I thought I should write a blog about it.
Firstly try to decide on your subject matter and placement. Look outside of tattoos and especially outside tattoo fashions for ideas, collect images or ideas if you want to but don’t get too set on a design you find, if you have found it other people will have and you could end up with the same tattoo as someone else! Ask yourself who you are, what are your beliefs, interests, hobbies, obsessions, whats important in your life, what resonates with you above anything else and how you want to represent yourself to others.
Second do your research on artists, this is the most important. Find someone who’s work resonates with you and someone who’s style you love. Don’t scrimp on time, money or convenience for this.
Third go big! Don’t ruin a large body part with a small design, the scale has to fit on the body not the body part. Sometimes the bigger you go the more it can be integrated with your own skin rather than being stuck onto it!
If you are not sure on the best body part to start with I would suggest the back, a lot of people leave it until the end as it is the biggest canvas but I would tackle that as early as possible because it is the central piece that everything else feeds from, it sets the mood, balance and flow for the whole body and makes it easier to get a consistent look to your body. Even if this is the only tattoo you get (and thats not likely) it is big enough to stand on its own right or to extend. It could be a backpiece that flows down one arm or leg or it could be more of a traditional Japanese back piece shape taking up the bum but in my opinion its the best starting place. Hope this helps and here are a few of the backpieces I have been working on this past year…