So you want to get a tattoo? Once you made that decision the next big question is; what tattoo should I get? Should you get a cute animal tattoo or some kind of meaningful quote or symbol? A tattoo is forever so you need to make sure that before you go to a tattoo parlor that you’ve decided on the right one.
Besides reaching the decision to have a tattoo at all, the next big decision is what design to choose. Tattoos can look really cool, provided a lot of thought has gone into choosing your design, and based clearly on the understanding that this is a permanent marking on your body. Removal is expensive, painful and not always effective; thus, it’s best to make the right choice from the outset, to avoid tears and regrets later.
Most artists will do what you want, but also excel in certain “looks.” Check their specific portfolios, and compare the different styles: old school, new school, naturalistic, Asian, black and white, etc. If you don’t know what style it is you’re looking at, ask.
Skull and Saying
This grayscale tatt is of a skull, heart and saying on the lower arm. Skulls are popular with men and women and come in different styles that represent different meanings.
Animal tattoos are also popular among men and women.This is one example of a deer crying surrounded by flowers..
Not all animals have to look cute. Most men who pick an animal tattoo pick one that shows strength like this lion on this client’s shoulder. Done in grayscale it is excellent in detail.
Another great example of a detailed grayscale tattoo. This one is of an elephant on the client’s bicep. Like before, not all tattoo animals have to be cut and fuzzy.
My Father Said
You can get saying from everywhere not just common cliches. This tattoo on the arm is a saying the client’s father said to him.
Elephant on Back
Women don’t have to get cute and fuzzy animals on their body. This female client has a grayscaled elephant on her back and looks great.
Rubik’s Cube and Equations
Tattoos don’t have to be animals and sayings. This tattoo on the clients should is of a rubik’s cube, chemistry symbols, and math equations with addition of a pac man ghost at the bottom.
This tattoo is pretty dramatic. Its of a woman shooting herself in the head and the blood turns to red butterflies flying away on the female’s back shoulder.
Bird and Flower
This is a medium sized tatt of a chickadee bird and flower with swirling embellishments surrounding it. It’s a very colorful and detailed tattoo.
This large tattoo of an abstract robin is uniquely done.The artist gave the bird a splashes of orange, red, and blue color, literally.
The tattoo artist made this hummingbird using colors and shading to make it appear that the wings are flapping, giving this tatt movement.
Bird in Flight
Other tattoo of a hummingbird on a female client’s back. It doesn’t have the movement in the wings but still quite pretty and colorful.
This colorful tattoo on the male client’s arm is of a young buddha in meditation with the knowing eye in the palm of his hand.
This lowrider tattoo on the man’s bicep is of a decorative cross with a bible passage from the book of Psalms. Lowrider tattoo are popular in the latino community.
Birds in Flight
This female client in the bathtub has tatts of various birds on her arm and shoulder done in grayscale.Showing again how animals, like birds are popular among female clients.
Fairy and Dragonflies
A beautiful detailed tattoo done on the female clients back shoulder. Very good coloring of blues and purple as well as the shading.
This emotional grayscale tattoo is of a sad angel with her wings damaged by rocks that were thrown at her. Great shading and detail by the artist.
This female client had the artist do a popular tattoo done on her back of butterfly wings. The color and detail is quite impressive.
This women had blooming roses tattooed on her bicep done in grayscale with a little shading. Roses are popular flowers for women who want tattoos done.
Daisy and Saying
This tattoo is if two cute daisies with the petals floating and turning into butterflies with the saying “ For every hell, there’s a goodbye”.
This large scale tattoo is of a rose done on the side of this client’s body. This popular flower tattoo comes in different colors mostly done in red or black.
Crown and Blue Rose
This bride has a large scale tattoo done on her back. Its is done mostly in grayscale with the only color is that of a blue rose.
This lowrider tattoo on the clients bicep is of christian symbols with a saying about God. This tattoo has great detail and shading.
This tribute tattoos of people that have past, births, and weddings are quite popular among both male and female clients. This tatt on the bicep is nicely done with the embellished red crucifix
Faith, Family, Strength
This lowrider tattoo on the clients back is also popular in the chicano culture. this is a saying about faith and family.
Another popular lowrider tattoo with angels wings and scroll was done in grayscale paying tribute to a loved one that has passed.
This medium scale tattoo on the female client’s leg is of colorful and detailed bouquet of various flowers. Not your typical rose.
This artist made a medium scale colorful tattoo three pink lilies. This is very a very cute and detailed design.
This artist did a beautiful abstract flower tattoo on the shoulder of this female client and is very unique. Showing that not all tattoo flowers have to look generic.
This large scale tattoo of roses is quite detailed and the shading is nicely done.
Robins and Flower
This design is of four Robins flying around a flower phonograph, the robins are nicely detailed as well as the petals of the flower.
This large scale tatt is of pink flowers blooming on the female client’s leg with the petals falling down the leg.The bad body art comes from making spontaneous decisions to go and have a tattoo done on a spur of the moment.
Not your typical rose flower. This flower on the women’s bicep has much detail and shading.If you’re getting a tattoo because you’re drunk or high, rebellious or your friends are goading you, then you’re getting a tattoo for all the wrong reasons and the choice you make is likely to reflect this lack of forethought.
This isn’t your typical flower design. This grayscale tattoo is expertly done with no obvious flaws.You have your whole life to look at this tattoo, so some good reflection before getting it makes absolute good sense.
This medium scale tatt of a pink flower is very cute on the female client’s back shoulder. Will you be happy with this design in 5 to 10 years time? Think well forward, too. Is your tattoo going to look good even when you’re old and wrinkled? Chances are, a tribal dragon, Disney character or Hello Kitty won’t.
Blood and Roses
This large scale rose bunch has trickles of blood on them, Done in grayscale the shading and detail are exceptional.
Flower Tattoo on Thigh and Hip
This female client has a large scale tattoo of reds flowers on her thigh that goes up to her hip. The detail and color are great.
The female client in this picture has red tulips that start from the bottom side of her body and reaches toward the top side.
This sleeve tattoo is also very popular to have. Very detailed in grayscale or in color.
Roses on upper thigh
Flowers are very popular in women especially roses. This one is done in grayscale.
These red poppies are also popular with women. This one is on the clients bicep.
Rose on Back
This medium size tattoo of a rose is detailed in purple and red ink.
Christian symbols and saying is adorned on this client’s arm.
Tribute to Dad
This tribute to dad is adorned with roses and the word “dad” on a diamond.
This tatt on the arm displays wedding date and the saying “til death do us part”. Another popular tattoo choice of important dates to remember.
Tanner and Ayden
This Tattoo has lots of images with the names “Tanner” and Ayden”. Clients not only put important dates into their designs but also loved ones.
Older but Wiser
This design has a “wise” owl with the saying “older but wiser” on the arm of this client.
Name and Date
This grayscale tatt is of a name with a date. Possibly a birth date which is popular with parents wanting to have their child’s name on their body.
This design is not complete as of yet. It is blacked inked with the name “Hayden” on the client’s arm.
Ex military and veterans often have tattoos to show their time in the military. This client has the warrior ethos on his arm.
This tattoo on the arm depicts a beautiful asian female. Mostly done in grayscale, however. there is a flash of red on the face and below with the women hold an umbrella.
This woman has a beautiful image of a dandelion blowing away in the wind creeping up from her belt line across her mid back.
This powerful back tattoo is of an owl swooping down to land.
This client has a large scale design of monarch butterflies on her back. butterflies, flowers, and fairies are often popular with female clients.
These flowers were done in grayscale and show great detail and shading on the upper shoulder and lower back.
The tramp stamp design was once very popular with female clients. However, the fad for having a tramp stamp has faded and now unpopular with a negative tone to them.
Inspirational quotes and sayings are popular and can be quite beautiful if done with the right tattoo artist. This tatt is a good example of one that is done beautifully.
This wheat grain tattoo what done in very good detail in grayscale.
This abstract geometrical design is wonderfully done with nice shading and detail with just black ink.
This design of a geometrical fox is nicely done on the client’s shoulder.
Heart Lock and Key
The most important thing in picking the right tattoo is to choose a design that you truly love and the personifies who you are.
These upside down pyramids were done as a pairing for two clients both the same and in the same spot except the color is different.
This design is cute with the various different colors of “stardust”.
This tiny tattoo on the base of the neck is of a origami bird with tiny colorful stars and shapes.
Phases of the Moon
This is a nice example of a greyscale tattoo of the phases of the moon.
You want to take the time to choose a tattoo and that it is not simply a new bedspread that you are choosing.
When you are choosing a tattoo you should be looking for something that is a little more unique for you.
Robin, Egg, Nest
This design is of the order in which a robin is born, done in grayscale on the male client’s arm.
This geometric giraffe on the client’s are is really well done with the color and shading.
Some popular tattoos are the one the individuals have had drawn on their own and want their artist to replicate it on their body.
This is a beautifully done tattoo on the client’s shoulder of a mountain view. Very colorful.
This large scale mountain view on the client’s arm was done in grayscale. You can see the fine detail and shading that went with this design.
Geometric Line and Color
This abstract tattoo is very color and the lines are almost perfect.
This is an awesome design of squares done on both of the client’s arms.
Another example of a tattoo design comprising of both arms to make on large design.
Red Riding Hood
This is a different type of pairing on this client’s thighs. The big bad wolf on one thigh and little red riding hood on the other.
Red Design Pairing
This tattoo is cool red design taking up both of the client’s arms.
This tattoo of a deer with triangle designs was done in black ink with no shading done.
You are permanently marking your body, and you shouldn’t let a minimal fee from keeping you from finding the perfect tattoo.
This is a beautiful, colorful design of a horse on the client’s thigh.
This design on the client’s thigh is a unique tatt of a fox.
An example of a tattoo artist skill in making unique designs for clients.
This black trace is of a fox on the female client’s thigh.
Lost But Not Forgotten
This tribute tattoo has a christian symbol with the words “lost but not forgotten” on the client’s shoulder.
This is a unique design by the client on his upper arm.
In Loving Memory
This is a lowrider tattoo that is in memory of someone who has passed on.
Native American Rose
This rose on the client’s arm is adorned with native american style feathers around it.
These three roses are done in grayscale.
This tattoo on the client’s lower are is a unique design of a dragon.
This tattoo is a realistic design of a heart on the man’s chest.
Comb and Scissors
Some people choose a tattoo that shows their profession. A good example is of this design of a comb and scissors.
Artist selection is always important. Enough can’t be said about that, especially so with such a prominent and detailed piece..
This lowrider tattoo is of a portrait of Mother Mary with a tear of blood down her face.
This tattoo on the client’s arm is of a lighthouse with waves crashing all done in grayscale.
This is a Japanese style design of ocean waves crashing.
Another Japanese style of an ocean with green waves.
Flower and Water
This design is of a flower surrounded by water.
This tattoo is uniquely done by having two medium size tattoos together making one large scale.
This lowrider tattoo design is of an angel. The detail and shading are excellent in example.
Hopefully you won’t just wake up and think to yourself, “yeah, let’s get tattooed today.” If you do, then rethink, and fast. The more planning that goes into your design of choice, the more likely that you will enjoy your tattoo now, into the near future and through to much later in your life.
Do some research first. Head over to the library or a reputable tattoo parlor and look through tattoo design books. What sorts of designs are current, what seem to be timeless and what ones would you ever get in a million years?
You have to live with a tattoo for the rest of your life. So you need to pick that kind of tattoo that best expresses who you are. Hopefully these ideas shown should give you the inspiration to pick the best tatt for you.