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How To Choose The Right Tattoo

Choosing a tattoo can be a challenge, especially when you don’t know where you want to get tattooed and you love so many different designs and ideas. Naturally, getting a new tattoo is an important decision, and there are many factors to consider.

From picking the right tattoo to deciding on where to get that tattoo to style, color and meaning, this guide will help you choose the right tattoo for you.

Picking The Best Tattoo

Choosing a tattoo can be life-changing since you’ll have it imprinted on your body for the rest of your life. On that note, it’s ideal to go with something that has a deeper meaning to you rather than with a popular design all the cool kids are getting.

However, note that we said that it should mean something to you. In other words, you can definitely go for something whimsical or out of the box, as long as it brings you joy. Like a cartoon character, a quote from your favorite movie, or a scene from a video game.

Just remember that tattoos don’t have to be large and out there for everyone to see. Some of the best ideas are cool small, simple tattoos meant just for you.

Avoid Names

As for tattoos to avoid, we advise against getting the name of a loved one on your body, unless the relationship is incredibly serious. In other words, don’t get a tattoo of a partner you’ve only been dating for a month.

If the loved one is dead or your child, then the name is a safe choice. Otherwise, we would recommend caution. You can cover the name with another tattoo in the future if you no longer like it (it’s cheaper than removal), but that’s a hassle you don’t need.

Family Can Be A Safe Choice

If you’re getting a matching tattoo with a loved one, settle on a simple design that appeals to both of you. They don’t have to be identical, but they should go well together. When getting a tattoo with a member of the family, you can go for the last name of for a family symbol. If you’re getting inked with a friend or partner, choose something that is relevant for your relationship.

Consult Your Tattoo Artist

Besides checking the artist’s portfolio or browsing online for tattoo ideas, you can also try coming up with your own, unique design. Artists are generally open to working with your throughout the process to make sure you’ll be happy with the end result.

As long as you’re settled on a concept and have an idea about what you’re looking for, they can also make design-related suggestions that will bring the tattoo to the next level.

Research The Meaning

Just make sure to also consider how your tattoo will be perceived by the rest of the world. Is it something that may offend certain people or can mean something bad in another culture? This especially applies to Asian symbols.

The characters may not mean (only) what you thing they mean, so it’s best to double-check with a native speaker before getting one inked on your body.

Where To Get A Tattoo

Finally, make sure to consider placement before settling on a cute design. A discreet quote tattoo can look mesmerizing on the collarbone, but won’t have the same visual impact on your leg.

An intricate pattern/design can be eye-grabbing on the sleeve or chest, but can look less masterful on the foot since there’s less room to play with.

Also, tattoo artists are unlikely to ink visible areas of your body like the hands or face if you don’t have one or more tattoos already. Better start with something less extreme during your first visit and see how it goes.

What Tattoo Should I Get?

Tattoo designs ultimately come down to personal preference. That being said, it’s smart to consider a variety of factors before taking the leap. Besides the tips listed above, here are some other things to weight prior to scheduling an appointment with a tattoo artist.

Why Do You Want A Tattoo?

This is the fundamental question you should ask yourself before getting inked. Everyone has their own reasons for getting a tattoo, but there are some common causes that push most women and men to finally do it. Tattoos can help you express your personality or creativity.

Some get tattoos to celebrate a special milestone in life, signal their allegiance to a community, or pay homage to a loved one. Others get inked simply because tattoos are a work of art and are beautiful to look at, which is completely fine. If any of your reasoning is among these lines, good.

However, if you’re doing it because of peer pressure, because everybody has one, because it’s trendy, or because you’re bored, you might want to wait for a while longer before taking the plunge. A tattoo is a permanent mark on your body. You want to be 100% sure you’re ready for that before getting inked. Plus, the healing process is no joke.

Consider Where To Get A Tattoo

As we’ve already mentioned, some tattoos work best for certain areas of the body. Yet, there are other things to think about as well as far as placement is concerned.

  • Do you want to be able to hide your tattoo or have it visible all the time?
  • Do you want the tattoo to be eye-grabbing or discreet?
  • Would your workplace be OK with you showing up one day with a full tattoo sleeve?

High-maintenance tattoos are usually those on parts of the body that aren’t always covered – like the arms and legs. These can be affected by sunlight and fade over time, which means that they may need touch-ups.

On the other hand, back, shoulder, and chest tattoos are low-maintenance, since they are usually covered by clothes.

Similarly, you need to consider how your body will change as you get older. For instance, getting a tattoo on your abdomen may look awesome now if you have a six-pack. However, if you gain weight in a few years the design may look distorted. You won’t have this problem with a back tattoo or minimalist design that works anywhere.

Talk with your artist – they should be able to list the pros and cons associated with the placement you want.

How To Choose The Best Tattoo Designs

Make sure the design is something that speaks to you – it represents something you love or are attached to. It’s fine to check online or browse artists’ portfolios for inspiration, but don’t restrict yourself to designs that are already out there. If you have an idea for a unique tattoo, talk it over with the artist and come up with something together.

It’s also a good idea to test how you feel with the tattoo before getting it. This can mean simply drawing it with a marker on your body to get a feel for the final result. Or, get a henna tattoo on the body part you’re considering. These only last for about week, but can help you decide if you’re ready for the real thing.

Pick A Good Artist

The first thing you can do to make sure you’ll end up with a talented and professional tattoo artist is to ask around. Word of mouth recommendations are best, since you can hear from people who actually went through the experience. Checking the artist’s portfolio and looking up online reviews is also wise.

Plus, visit the studio in person before booking an appointment to check out the level of hygiene and see if you’re compatible with the artist. As long as their work makes you excited, you’re on the right track!

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Ashley Benson has officially made her love for girlfriend and suspected fiancé Cara Delevigne known in a permanent way: Ink.

The 29-year-old showed off a 'CD' tattoo inked below her armpit in a photo shared on Instagram, announcing the launch of her new Privé Revaux X Benzo sunglass collection.

“So excited to share this with you guys,” the Pretty Little Liars star captioned the photo, adding a heart emoji. “My new collection with Privé Revaux is here.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Benson sports a pair of shades from the line in the image, posing with her arms in the air in order to expose the gorgeous tattoo.

While the actress didn't confirm that the initials are a tribute to her 26-year-old supermodel girlfriend, fans couldn't help but get excited.

The lovebirds sparked engagement rumours this month after being spotted wearing bands on their ring fingers in St. Tropez.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Delevigne and Benson keep their relationship status pretty quiet since being first linked in August 2018, but they did confirm their romance in June 2019 for their first anniversary.

“I don’t know because it is Pride, it’s been 50 years since Stonewall happened and I don’t know,” she revealed to E! News. “It’s been just about our one-year anniversary so, why not?”

Delevingne was honoured with the Hero Award for her commitment to supporting The Trevor Project’s mission of ending suicide among LGBTQ+ youth.

The star thanked Benson for her support during her acceptance speech;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are,” she told the audience, according to E! News.

“She’s one of the people who help me love myself when I needed it most and I really needed it. She showed me what real love is and how to accept it, which is a lot harder than I thought.”

The pair have been snapped piling on the PDA since they were first seen kissing in late 2018. We are LOVING the romance between the pair. True gay icons.

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Demi Lovato's adorable pupper Buddy was tragically killed four years ago, after being attacked by coyotes, but the woofer hasn't left Demi's heart.

She has now decided to honour his memory with some new ink, which famed tattoo artist Dr Woo provided.

The Skyscraper singer got her second tattoo in a week, dedicating it to Buddy, who she shared with her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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On her Instagram stories, she showed off the new tattoo to her fans. It was drawn on her ankle, and features the late dog's fluffy white face and the words; "Buddy was here".

When Buddy passed away in 2015, the singer was left "absolutely heartbroken". She wrote a message to her Instagram, writing;

"We are absolutely heartbroken to be writing this but Wilmer and I are devastated to inform you that we lost our little angel Buddy last Sunday," Lovato wrote. 

"He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident. And though I will never know why this had to happen, I do know that God only puts us through situations that we can handle so with that, together we are staying strong."

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She continued: "We have incredible people around us and so much love and support which is holding us up in this time of need."

"Buddy was loved by so many people and as small as he was, he made a huge impact in our lives. He truly was human in a way and we were so blessed to have him in our lives," she finished, emotionally.

On Saturday, she got a small rose tattooed on her pointer finger, and it's beautiful.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She wrote a message thanking her talented tattoo artist;

"Thank you @_dr_woo_ for the incredible portrait of my late baby angel Buddy. RIP @DemisBuddy I will love you forever and never forget you."

Only days ago, the singer marked six months of sobriety with her rose tattoo, a meaningful gesture.

Tattoo artist @winterstone shared a photo on Instagram of Lovato's newest body art, writing; "You are a gem! Thanks for coming in!"

The rose is often used to symbolise new beginnings and hope, so it's definitely perfect for Demi. We heart it.

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Miley Cyrus is a lover of tattoos, and already has a pretty extensive range of body art which encompasses varying subjects of importance in her life.

Her newest tribute which she has inked permanently on her skin is…the word 'pussy'. Yup. No word of a lie.

The newly married singer posted a series of shots of herself in the New York tattoo parlour of the rich and famous; Bang Bang NYC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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That's all well and good, but we wanna see the result. She's worked with Keith 'Bang Bang' McCurdy before on previous artwork, including tributes to her family and husband.

So naturally we did a minor (major) stalk and came across the fresh tattoo on Miley's ankle, and we're at least impressed at the font. It's chic, and why not get a dedication to her own body part?

Female empowerment just reached a whole new level. Maybe she's taking control over the word, which is often used in derogatory terminology?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fans aren't entirely sure when the tattoo was actually drawn on the Malibu singer, shrewd-eyed fans also spotted a photo of Miley seemingly getting inked on her wrist, so perhaps it's a whole other tattoo altogether? 

We presume some images of the tattoo will be released at some stage, we'll be patiently waiting.

Would you get the word tattooed permanently on your body? Who are we to judge, really.

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She's the mother of dragons and everyone has to bend the knee to this bad b*itch.

Daenerys Targaryen is one iconic character. 

And now, Emilia Clarke has honoured her and her time on the hit series, Game of Thrones, by getting inked.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taking to Instagram, the actress posted a picture of three dragons tattooed on to her wrist. – and we ADORE it.

Emilia's time on the programme has come to an end, as the next and final series is due to be released next year. 

So, it doesn't come as a surprise that she has now chosen to pay tribute to her role.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The caption of the photo reads: "MOD 4 LYFE!!!!@_dr_woo_ made sure this mamma ain’t NEVER forgetting her babies…"

Emilia recently opened up about her fear ahead of the highly anticipated eighth season: "I get sleepless nights over it," she told Elle.

"Oh, you’re gonna mess it up. It’s the last season, and it’s going to go wrong," she added. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 31-year-old isn't the only member of her crew to have a tattoo in dedication to the TV show.

Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark has a direwolf with the words "the pack survives."  

Maisie Williams also has a neck tattoo in relation to her character on the show, Arya Stark.

She had "No one" inked which references her training in season five to becoming a faceless man.

The temptation to get some GoT ink is real.

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From freckle tattoos, wrist tattoos and even beauty-inspired inkings, we love seeing fresh tattoo trends.

And the latest to have a moment are helix tattoos.

The tiny and dainty inkings are all over Instagram at the moment, and they sit on the top half of your ear.

We had a gander through Instagram and picked out our favourites:

 

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A student from the UK has had a homeless Ian Beale inked onto her thigh.

The 21-year-old told The Tab that she has no regrets of getting the Eastenders character tattooed onto her, but she can't even remember why she got it. 

Amber-May Ellis swears she is happy with the design, which shows Ian wearing a beanie hat, a scruffy beard and cuts on his face.

The Reading University student is a self-confessed Eastenders fan but this isn't her first inking – she also has the word "banter" tattooed on her arms in Wingdings font. 

"Basically it was a drunken bet – but it was so irrelevant no one can remember what it actually was," Amber-May said. 

"All we know was that I lost and I was getting the tattoo. It was a crazy night."

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Kylie could be in big trouble with the police. Watch the video for more.

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