Tattoos can look amazing on people, but when you make any tattoo-related decisions, you should bear in mind that they are permanent and that you have to be careful about choosing the right design, size and the location on your body where your tattoo will be placed. There are several factors to take into consideration before you make your final choice, which will lower the risk of regretting the tattoo down the road. Here are some of those factors.



When you decide to get a tattoo, make sure you don’t rush and give yourself some time to reflect and look inside your mind and soul. The tattoo should either be a reflection of your personality, or something that’s very important or dear to you. For example, if you’re free-spirited, you might opt for a tattoo of birds or wings, since these symbolize freedom, and if you’re a loving and passionate person, you could get a heart tattoo. Avoid getting tattoos of current fads or the name of your latest crush, since these can cause you headaches in the future. Do some research online, or if you live in a big city like Sydney, find a good tattoo artist and ask for advice.



Another thing to consider is the size of the tattoo. If it’s your first one, maybe you should keep it smaller, just to see how you’ll handle the pain, but the size should always be in accordance with the part of your body the tattoo will be on. If it’s a large area, like your shoulder, a small tattoo won’t make much sense. On the other hand, if you want a detailed image tattooed on a small area, even if you find an artist who’ll be willing to do it, it still might lose a lot of its appeal and look silly.



This is probably the most important factor of all. As is the case with most big cities, Sydney offers a vast number of tattoo studios, but just because somebody’s opened a studio, it doesn’t mean they’re a good artist. That’s why you should do thorough research online and on foot, which means you should find the reviews for the studio you’re considering, then go and visit it personally. If the studio is sanitary and it employs several artists who proudly display their original work, if they’re polite, willing to answer all your questions and take all your concerns seriously, then it’s probably safe to get your tattoo there. For instance, if you walk into a trusted Newtown tattoo studio, where there are about a dozen renowned artists who’ll be happy to book you a consult and tell you all you need to know, there’s no need to go any further. Also, never choose a studio just because the price is low, since it might be a bad sign. You’re investing into something you’ll have to live with for the rest of your life, so don’t make the mistake of being cheap, since you might end up looking like it.



Your tattoo can be black and grey, or full color. Again, this is something that can reflect your personality, so if you’re playful and bold, you can opt for a fun and vibrant full-color tattoo. On the other hand, if you want something more subtle and moderate, choose a black and grey one. If you can’t make up your mind, the best you can do is to get a black and gray tattoo, and have the option to add color to it later.



When choosing a location for your tattoo, keep in mind your profession and whether you’ll have to hide it under your clothes when you work. If it’s your first tattoo, don’t put it on your face, and if you’re worried about how it will change over time, don’t put your tattoo on a part of your body that will stretch and distort it down the line.

Choosing a tattoo may initially cause some significant stress, but once you get it done, you’ll have a long-term ornament on your skin. Make sure it’s one you’ll love looking at.


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