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How do you make your own tattoo design?

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Many people want their body art to be completely unique. One way to accomplish this is by designing your own tattoo. If you do not consider yourself to be an artist, consider working with a tattoo artist to create something that is truly your own.

  1. Select your tattoo location

    Choose whether you want a tattoo that everyone can see or something more private. Choosing the body location for your tattoo also affects its size and level of subtlety.

  2. Create sample tattoo ideas

    Sketch visual ideas for your tattoo. Even if you are not a skilled artist, create sketches to get a feeling for the shape and content of your tattoo. Do some research into existing tattoo designs for inspiration. Think carefully about the reasons for your tattoo to make sure your design truly expresses the statement you want to make.

  3. Choose colors for your tattoo

    Decide whether you want a color tattoo or want to stick to black. Think about whether bold colors are suitable for the location and design you have chosen. Remember that choosing a color tattoo entails a commitment to having the tattoo touched up regularly.

  4. Choose a tattoo artist

    Interview several tattoo artists to make sure you choose someone who understands your intent in getting a tattoo. The artist must also be able to properly execute the visual style you desire. Work with the artist to refine the design. Ask the artist to create a temporary tattoo for you, even just using markers, so you can try the tattoo out on your body and confirm that you are happy with the design.


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