Whats up guys,
I am looking at getting my first tattoo soon and have come up with a design combining a few elements I found online. I was just wondering if you guys had any ideas on how to improve upon it seeing as this is my first go at designing something as well as getting a tattoo. Thanks in advance for any insight.
I always say don’t design your own tattoos, choose elements that you want included, pick the space you want it to go and the style you like, then do your research to find an artist that specialises in that style and let them design it. At the end of the day they are professionals and they know how any design will work with your skin and the natural curvature of your body to stop it from warping or looking weird. if this is what you want that’s entirely up to you, no one elses opinion matters. But unless you’re an exceptional artist yourself just let the professionals do their job. Design and concept is 50% of their work and what you’re paying for so just let them do it.
This ^^^^ is what I always do. I go in armed with a few references, describe what I want and leave the design up to the artist. WITHOUT FAIL, every time the artist has come up with something that is completely different that I was picturing, and always way way better. The overall idea is still the same, but the composition is not something that I could have achieved on my own. (In fact, these days I often get asked if the artist can search out their own references and I always let them. They can see the direction that I am thinking by the references that I have chosen, but they can find images that are much more tattoo-able.)
Thanks to both of you for the reply!
When I go to see the tattoo artist, should I take my idea with me to give him an idea of what I want or should I tell him the different elements that I want in the tattoo (seeing as I have incorporated 3 different “themes” if you will) and let him come up with something completely on his own?
to be honest i would just go in and say “hi i want a lord of the rings themes tattoo to go here (arm, leg, back etc) and this is how much space you can use (full back piece, sleeve, half sleve, small pieve etc) i would like it to include some of the script from the ring and maybe some of these other elements and see what they come up with.
Researching a good artist will be your first port of call here. Once you decide on a style that suits you (traditional, realist, cartoon etc) then you can start looking up artists that specialise in that area and that will be the key for the success of this tattoo. the artist is everything with these things. get the wrong artist and your whole piece is in jeopardy.
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