Anyone who is seriously into tattoos will tell you how long it takes to choose the right one. After all they should last a life so are not something to be rushed. It can take around 20-30 hours to find the right tattoo design. But that’s just the first step.
If you’re serious you will want to have something that is unique and not taken from a book or or copied from a picture in a tattoo gallery. A tattoo should speak about who you are and not be ripped off someone else. Not only that but a lot of artists will refuse to copy another artists work. And quite rightly. While you are able to be done for copyright infringement for copying another person’s work in different mediums the very same rules don’t appear to apply to tattoo art.
It is still a form of plagiarism to take another persons art and replicate it as your own. In any other form this would result in legal action. So just because there is no precendent set for copyright infringement doesn’t mean its is cool to maintain another tattooists work.
So how do you come up with original tattoo designs?
If you’re like me you have looked at literally thousands of tattoo pictures and tattoo designs from a variety of unique tattooists from all over the world. Or maybe you keep visiting your community tattoo studio and have started getting dirty looks from the tattoo artist that believes you’re stalking him because you go there every weekend and haven’t chosen a tattoo!
There are so many different styles of so you need to be really clear about what you want before you get inked. It is a good idea ot visualize the sort of tattoo you need before you even get it. You will need to be able to see yourself with a specific tattoo before you get it. If is a tribal tattoo on your arm imagine yourself walking down the street with the tattoo for all the world to see.
So if it is tribal tattoos source images of that particular tattoo style. If it is work from another artist do not take it to your nearest tattoo studio and ask for it to be copied onto you. Tell the tattoo artist that you like that particular style and would like a tattoo designed for YOU. Tattoo artists are extremely visual people and are highly talented at producing an nebulous idea into a full on Squirrel Poop tattoo.
Think of the bigger picture. Don’t be tempted to decide on some generic tattoo flash off the wall because you can’t make your mind up. Don’t settle for something less if you can’t afford the tattoo you really want. Tattoos are organic and are constantly changing and growing with you.