Month: December 2016

What You Need to Know Before You Get a Tattoo

Closeup hands wearing white gloves working tattoo needle on persons skin

You want to try something new this year and have been considering the concept of body art. Here are eight things you should know before making an appointment with a tattoo artist and visiting your local parlor.

  1. Age Requirements Prevail
    Laws prohibit minors from getting permanent body art. There is no such thing as having your parents sign a permission slip so that you can have the tattoo of your choosing. You must be 18 years or older to have your favorite image or phrase inked into your skin.
  2. Bargain Hunting is Bad
    Remember that a tattoo involves the artist grinding a needle dripping with ink into your skin. You want to make sure that he understands every aspect of the process, which includes sterility. Some creatives who offer discounts are beginning their journey in the industry and may not see the need to use a new pack of needles after every use. Such lack of knowledge or concern can lead to infection and significant health problems. It is best to search for an artist who is both reasonable and proficient rather than someone who just offers steep discounts.
  3. The Parlor Speaks Volumes
    An edifice with overflowing trash bins, bloody towels, and a stench that turns your stomach is a clear indication of the type of care the artist will invest in the health of your open wound. Just as you would expect a hospital to look and smell pure, you should also expect your tattoo parlor to be spotless.
  4. Session Times Vary by Design
    A small name stamp can take anywhere from five to 30 minutes for an artist to complete. A large tattoo, on the other hand, may require more than one session as the design’s complexity may take several hours to finish.
  5. A Tattoo Design Should Never be Spur of the Moment
    Laser surgery makes it easier to cover up unwanted tattoos in this day and age. It is important, however, to note that such operation is expensive and may leave a permanent mark that denotes your mistake. You are especially at a disadvantage if you are among the many who cannot afford laser surgery. You, like the others, will have to invest in a replacement tattoo to cover up the design that does not satisfy your fashion needs. The heartache of reversing a bad tattoo design is why you should take extra care when deciding on a style. Consider the design for several months before giving an artist the green light to operate.
  6. Give Your Tattoo Time to Heal
    New ink jobs take at least two weeks to heal. You should not plan on prematurely showing off your design as such anxiousness can lead to infection due to excessive exposure to the sun.
  7. Touch Ups are Common
    A tattoo is much like hair coloring in that touch ups are necessary for the look to remain fresh. The good news is that you probably won’t need to invest in a tattoo touch up as often as you would hair coloring retouches since ink fades as skin layers shed, which is much slower than the hair growth process.
  8. Pain is Inevitable but Not the Same
    There is a degree of pain associated with every tattoo. How much or little distress, however, depends on the placement of the body art. Tattoos located in areas where the skin is thinner, such as near the wrist, come with more pain than those carved out on the leg where the skin is thicker.

Tattoo Design Trends for 2017

asian girl with sun and moon tattoo

Whether you are deciding to get your first tattoo or have plenty of ink and are hungry for fresh inspiration, taking a look at the latest design trends is a great way to get ideas for your own designs. Here are eight of the tattoo design trends expected to be hottest in 2017.

  1. Morphing Tattoos
    With these panoramic design, one tattoo seamlessly blends into another to create a larger piece, such as a full back or sleeve. This is ideal for the tattoo aficionado who wants to create a more cohesive look and make a big statement.
  2. Minimalist Designs
    While not exactly a brand new trend, minimalist designs will continue to proliferate in 2017, thanks to the many celebrities who have stepped out with this look. Minimalist icons and geometric shapes are also a common choice among those who are getting their very first tattoo, or those who work in a job where they need their ink to be as unobtrusive as possible.
  3. Continuous Lines
    Famous German-Iranian tattoo artist Mo Gangi pioneered this style, which consists of a design such as a face or landscape made from one smooth, solid black line. This style has been spotted here and then but has minimalist appeal that is expected to make it one of the biggest tattoo looks of 2017.
  4. Mandala Designs
    These intricate, geometric designs can be either round or shaped like a lotus flower, and typically come in black line or vivid jewel tones. The mandala tattoo is often chosen to represent or commemorate a spiritual journey.
  5. Blackwork Tattoos
    Only for the truly committed, these tats cover an entire body part or section of skin in heavy black ink. While this look makes a dramatic statement, it’s impossible to cover or remove, so perhaps this choice is best left to those for whom ink is an integral part of lifestyle. Blackwork tattoos might be a 2017 trend, but it’s actually a style that dates back to ancient Polynesia.
  6. Sun Designs
    Sun tattoos are a favorite that has its roots in Aztec tribal art, but this classic look is set to see a revival in 2017. Geometric, stylized suns are expected to get a boost in line with the ongoing popularity of minimalistic tattoo styles. Designs that combine the sun, the moon, and other celestial items are also expected to soar.
  7. Double Exposure Tattoos
    Challenging to master but stunning when done correctly, these black and gray tattoos are meant to mimic the other-worldly look of a photograph that’s been double exposed. Invented by New York City tattoo artist Bang Bang, this technique is likely to capture the hearts of even more artists and clients in 2017.
  8. Vivid Colors
    In seeming contrast with the popularity of black linework, ink colors that truly pop are set to see a resurgence in 2017. These larger than life brights will show up in photorealistic tattoo images as well as in color blocking on the ever popular geometric tattoo looks.