You’re ready to get a tattoo (or another tattoo) and you want a custom tattoo design. What do you need to know? How do you get a custom tattoo design? Do you come up with the idea? Does your chosen tattoo artist? Read on for help planning your custom tattoo design as well as some tips for getting the best tattoo.
Creating a custom tattoo design
If you’re planning your first custom tattoo design there’s a number of things to consider. Don’t worry though, we’re gonna carry you through this and see to it that you’re taken care of. A custom tattoo can be a beautiful thing — a real work of art. Or, it can be a hot mess. It’s all in the planning and that’s what we’re going to help you do. We’re gonna help you plan this piece start to finish. We’re gonna talk about how to pick the style and subject of your piece, as well as how to talk to your artists about what you want. Let’s jump into this.
Choosing a custom tattoo design subject
What do you want your tattoo to be of? What will it depict? Choosing the subject of your custom tattoo design is the first step in planning you custom piece. It should be about something that matters to you. A person, pet, hobby, a life event, or something you just really love like a character from a movie or comic book. Your subject doesn’t have to take into consideration your vision for your tattoo’s final appearance. For example, if your chosen subject is one of the Ninja Turtles, it doesn’t have to look like what the general public associates with Ninja Turtles. We’re going to take care of that in the next step.
Finding a tattoo style
When planning your custom tattoo design, it’s a good idea to know what style you’d like. Tattoo styles are each influenced by the culture from which they come. There’s a lot of tattoo styles out there and some may be better suited to your purpose than others. Here are just a few of the tattoo styles that are widely used that you could consider for your custom tattoo design:
Choosing a tattoo artist
At this stage you’re going to need to find an artist to do the work. When considering an artist, look for a tattoo artist who specializes in the style you had in mind. You can find this out by asking the artist up front, but you can usually tell by checking out their portfolio of previous work. Plan on taking the time to sit down with your artist to discuss how you’d like to combine your tattoo subject and your chosen style. A good artist will tell you ahead of time their concerns with your piece (if they have any) and they should walk through the design with you to get a good understanding of what you want from your custom tattoo design.
In addition to choosing your tattoo artist, we’ve also got some things you should consider when choosing your tattoo shop as well. Read up and make sure you know what to look for in a tattoo shop. If you’re looking for a custom tattoo artist in Richmond, VA, check out our tattoo shop listing page to find a tattoo parlor that specializes in the style you’re looking for.