Never Regret Your First Tattoo Design

Angelina Jolie had once a nice tattoo inscription on her right arm, reading: Bob Thornton (actor and former husband of Ms Jolie). 50 Cent, the coolest rapper ever, had to remove a bunch of his tattoo designs (in particular those on his arms) not to hamper his own Hollywood career. Haydin Panettiere has a nice tattoo inscription on her hip, reading: "Vivere senza rimipianti", which is Italian and supposed to mean: living without regret.

The problem is, her tattooist did not really studied Italian at school and "rimipianti" is a misspelled word with no meaning at all. It's something like: "Living without regretis". Which is not such a tragic mistake for a scholar, but can you imagine having it tattooed for 30 centimetres on your hip?

Am I trying to talk you out of getting tattoos? Not, at all. I have met quite a lot of people literally fascinated by body art, tattoo designs and the art of the skin in general, but at the same time so scared to take the plunge, they never got one.

Angelina Jolie, H. Panettiere and 50 Cent are only examples of how bad tattoos can come out if you don't follow some simple, general rules which everybody should know and follow before getting inked.

First Rule - never, I mean NEVER get the name of your partner tattooed on your skin. How many times has this been said and written? I think it's the most famous sentence after "a little step for a man, a big step for humanity"...

Nonetheless, many are those who decide to get a tattoo as symbol of their love. I am quite a romantic person, I like thinking about forever lasting love, but being romantic does not mean we should lie to ourselves and be hypocrite. How many people you know that have been together for more than 20 years? I know very, very few of them. A tattoo lasts more than 20 years. It is just a matter of probability. Think before ink.

Take Megan Fox as an example. She has got a tattoo on her pelvic area; it reads "Brian", the name of her current boyfriend, Brian Austin Green. The problem is they have already split up a few times during the last couple of years. Someone asked her what would she do with her tattoo should they leave each other once and for all. Her answer was "I could have a child and name him Brian". Wouldn't be great to grow up and find out your name was chosen just to justify your mother's tattoo?


Second Rule: if you get a tattoo inscription in a foreign language, be aware of what those strange words mean. Panettiere's tattoo is just an example. Have you noticed how many people have got Chinese tattoo designs? Do you really think those people really know what those symbols mean? I have read once about a lady and her Chinese tattoo design. She wanted a symbol for freedom but she had to find out she got a symbol for "Free", as "free of charge". In Chinese, the two concepts have nothing to do with each other. But she asked for a "Free" symbol and that's what she got.

Third rule: Think about why you want a tattoo. Tattoo designs can be very attractive, they are just wonderful and it's nice to show them off during summer time. But if that's all you get your tattoo for, than consider having a temporary tattoo design instead of a permanent one. Temporary tattoo designs are as beautiful as real ones. They just fade away after a while, so that you can get a new one the next summer. Permanent tattoos are for people, who really love body art. They like showing them off, but that's not the reason why they get inked. Tattoos represent a lifestyle. Think about it.

If you absolutely want a tattoo but you have got not a clue about what kind of tattoo design you want, then you are on the wrong way. Maybe temp tattoo designs could help you out making up your mind. Do not surf through forums and Q&A sites asking for ideas. You need your own reason to get tattoo designs permanently inked on your skin.

Fourth Rule: Choose the right Artist!

Do not get inked by a friend just because he is so nice to do it for free! Don't let any amateurs' needles touch your skin. Get a pro to do it and be sure to get information about him, his skills as tattoo-artist and the hygienic conditions of his shop.

Do not trust cheap tattoo artworks. Quality costs something.

Inform yourself about a tattooist favourite style. Do no ask a portrait to a tribal tattoo designs specialized artist.