with wanting a tattoo or having one! If it is something you feel strongly about doing then don’t listen to what other people think. I have one tattoo so far and have plans for more in the future. Here is my advice, take it or leave it:
Put careful consideration into the design, after all it will be permanent. After you settle on something print a copy and put it somewhere you can see it everyday. If after six months you still like it then it is fair to consider putting it on your body permanently.
Choose a location wisely. Mine is on my side so you can only see it when I’m in a swimsuit. If down the road you want something more visible then go for it, but it doesn’t hurt to start conservatively!
Pick something very meaningful, the tattoos I think most people regret are the hearts and butterflies they picked off the poster at the tattoo parlor. Choose something unique. Many tattoo artists love to design tattoos, tell them what you’re thinking and see if they can draw something for you. My tattoo is an abstract dragon, I chose it after a really difficult period in my life and it reminds me everyday that I am strong and can get through anything.I spent two years selecting and designing this tattoo and not a day goes by that I regret it.
Yes, some tattoos are ugly but many of them are beautiful art. What better canvas than yourself, you can carry your art with you daily! They are not evil & getting one does not mean you don’t respect yourself. I know so many wonderful, creative and amazing people with body art. People who are so completely against them are discriminating and close minded (and I try not to judge these people as much as I expect them not to judge me). Just because tattoos could be associated with certain types of people does not mean tattoos label you as that type of a person. They don’t have to like them but that doesn’t mean you can’t!
I hope that getting a tattoo is a great journey for you and that you end up with something you LOVE. My parents were not partial to tattoos but my sister and I both have some now – my mom has even told me that she thinks mine is beautiful! It might end up that your parents like it after they see what you’ve chosen. And if they don’t like it you’ll have to be ready to accept that. Here’s some beautiful art I found to share with you -
I’m planning a peacock feather for myself in the future – so beautiful!
It never hurts to look up and research the symbolism of things as well – you might find something that really represents your values or goals.
Again, I wish you all the best. If you ever have questions about tattooing in the future I’m here to help!