The Dos and Don’ts of Picking Tattoo Words

When it comes to tattoos, there’s a lot of freedom to express yourself in terms of how you want your ink to look, what you want it to say, and where you want it placed on your body. There are no rules that dictate what tattoos have to say or look like, which means that the possibilities are endless when it comes to designing the tattoo of your dreams. As long as you stay safe and don’t get too crazy with your requests, getting any word or saying inked onto your skin should be possible.

Do your research

In days gone by, tattoo artists would use a needle to poke their clients’ skin with designs. Today, many artists use an electric machine that pierces skin with ink. Either way, it’s important to remember that tattoos are permanent. Unlike clothing, you can’t just return them if you change your mind! But research also shows that people who take their time picking a design are more likely to be happy with their final results down the road. If you’re set on getting a tattoo but aren’t sure what type of words you want, think about whether there’s a meaning behind your choice or not? Perhaps you got some inspiration from a special person in your life or maybe choosing something meaningful will remind you of someone special every time you look at it?

Do it yourself

If you’re going to get a tattoo, consider doing it yourself. It doesn’t matter if you have artistic talent or not—this is your body after all. When choosing your own design, keep in mind what words are meaningful to you. Choose one word per session: a single word can be difficult to ink, so breaking it up into several smaller ones might be a better idea than trying to tackle an entire sentence at once. Either way, make sure that your design is simple enough that you can do it right away; don’t sit around waiting for inspiration to strike.

The importance of getting a tattoo you will like
No matter how cool you think your idea is, or how great you are at freehanding, there’s one thing to keep in mind: You’re going to be stuck with it for a while. What once seemed like a clever idea on paper may not seem quite so brilliant now that it’s rendered in ink. The point is, even if you think your tattoo design is perfect now, it might not be later down the road. Which brings us to our next tip…

Look up the meanings

Before you even think about getting a tattoo, it’s important to learn what you’re actually committing to. You can either get in touch with an expert at your local shop or search online. When you’ve decided on a word, make sure you look up its meaning so you know how it will affect your life (or someone else’s) forever. If that scares you off, maybe think twice before applying permanent ink!

Check out famous tattoo quotes

Love is stronger than death. Rosebud. Open mind, insert foot. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Your only as old as you feel/look/act; don’t be an asshole—youth is wasted on kids, etc., are just a few classic tattoos quotes that tattoo artists have heard hundreds or thousands of times throughout their careers. The simple truth is people like things they recognize from pop culture—so if you want something more personal or original, you should consider making up your own phrase rather than getting some famous quote tattooed on your body forever!