#38864
GrayCatLove
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    @graycatlove

Like many folks, after a couple tattoos, I’m hooked and plan on more in the future. For those of you who are old hat, I was wondering if you have themes, just get what you like, attempt to make everything fit together, or just don’t give a flip –

I find myself drawn to a lot of styles, and my first tattoo was a little cherry blossom on my right thigh, the same size of and opposite of a birthmark on the left thigh. I got my next tattoo on my left side (a considerable text tattoo), and my next tattoo will be on my right side, another text tattoo, so when looking at me head on, it will read face to face. I plan to later on frame it with a Black Forest inspired vine with leaves and little flowers with bright colors, the theme being flowery and feminine, but outlines curvy, bold, and black.

Do you find yourself thinking out such themes and sticking with a general vibe and maintaining a sort of balance or pattern? Do you think it’s a good idea or a waste of time? I know Lady Gaga, per her father’s request. only tattoos the left side of her body, referring to her left side as her “Iggy Pop” side and her right as her “Marilyn Monroe” side.

I love flora and text (though I’m done with text after my next tattoo, I suspect). I have lots of ideas, like pink roses, cats (specifically, I like black and grey ones), water, trees, and snowflakes.

I want to see if there are any other nuts like me, of course, and why you feel the way you do. Suggestions for tattoos are also welcome. 😀

#123651
Cardinal
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    @cardinal

Ever since I was a child I have had a ‘thing’ about symmetry. All of the posters on my wall had to line up next to each other and each wall would have a theme.

I am a little like this with my tattoos. I didn’t give it a great deal of thought when I got my first as I thought it would be my only one (:o). Now it is something I definitely do think about.

I don’t have a theme except that they do have meaning and importance to me. I do love the look of feminine pieces that flow across the body, but I don’t think they’d leave me much scope to have the other pieces I would like.

In a little under three weeks I will be starting a full colour, realism peice on my right thigh. This has me thinking about the balance on my other thigh where I have my black and grey Fleur de lis – I will need to add to this to keep the balance!

#123653
GrayCatLove
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    @graycatlove

Glad I’m not the only one! 🙂 Don’t forget to take pictures.

#123654
Panter
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    @panter

Interesting thoughts, and something I keep wondering.
My first (and only) tattoo was the biomech on my leg. In November though I’m getting a photo realistic Mantis shrimp on my arm, so that won’t fit in in the slightest.
I love biomech, and the nature of it means I could keep going with that, but I’d also like a wild west “Good, bad & ugly” theme on my bike, so that won’t fit with anything either!

Unless people have a concrete plan, and get coverage pretty quickly, I can’t see many people having peices that all flow perfectly together unless it’s all in the same theme, i.e Japanese


Tattoo: A permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.

From the Urban dictionary

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#123656
GrayCatLove
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    @graycatlove

I don’t know – Those things look almost surreal and made of metal. They’re cutie bugs, for sure. 🙂 (Exactly what a man wants to hear, that he has a cutie bug on him.)

Do you think different themes can flow nicely together?

#123657
Panter
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    @panter

I’d go with cutie bugs! I actually have one called Wilf lol

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which is why i thought he might make a cool tattoo

I don’t know if different themes can flow together, I guess the trick is to just try and avoid any real clashes.
Can’t really see it being to much of a problem though, the medium of tattooing is so unique and personal that I guess it just doesn’t ever matter as they’ll always look good, if done well


Tattoo: A permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.

From the Urban dictionary

Tattoo design, any design, CLICK HERE

#123663
Cardinal
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    @cardinal

I really hope you post pictures of your Mantis tattoo when it finished; I think it’s going to look fantastic!

Although I do think about balance of my tattoos I don’t think you need to have a theme necessarily, or really have the same style. For me, in my mind anyway, it may depend on how close the different pieces are to each other. I can’t imagine having any more work on my back, now that I have by Boar piece, because I can’t imagine how I could get anything else to flow and look ‘right’.

I can’t imagine having a photo realistic peice on the same arm as a traditional Japanese half sleeve, as an example – but maybe thatR