#37049
cblackwe93
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    @cblackwe93

Hello!

I am interested in getting my first tattoo, however, I am not sure what exactly to get, I have no idea frankly. I am not opposed to something big, however, I would like it to be coverable. I like the Japanese art looking tattoos, but I am open to any and all options.

Please advise!

Pictures would be nice too!

Thanks all!

#107304
ArniVidar
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    @arnividar

You are nowhere NEAR ready to be getting a tattoo.


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#107306
cblackwe93
Participant
    @cblackwe93

And why is that

#107298
ArniVidar
Moderator
    @arnividar

Because for one, you are only 18 and although the law may indicate that people at 18 are fully rational, the sad fact is that most people that get tattooed at that age live to regret it later.

And secondly, if you have no clue what you want, then you are not ready. You are ready when YOU KNOW that you want X thing or Y thing.

You’ve discovered that you might like a tattoo, great for you. But it may take you years yet to actually find something that you will be comfortable with wearing on your skin for the next 70 years.


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#107312
cblackwe93
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    @cblackwe93

For one, I am not 18. I am 19 going on 20 next month. I am a junior at a university and am on a good path for.success. so while I appreciate your fatherly advice, I have my own so save yours for your own children. Thanks. The post did not say “Tattoo ideas!!! I’m gonna get the first one anyome suggests!” I am simply looking for ideas and inspiration for the future. Thanks “dad”

#107313
ArniVidar
Moderator
    @arnividar

18, 19.. no difference. Doesn’t change the fact that you’re not ready, and wouldn’t even if you were 25.

If you want someone to give you an idea, that someone needs to know you and know what you like and don’t like. I can tell you to go ahead and get a full sleeve bio-mechanical piece and the next guy can tell you to get a full back-piece Japanese themed dragon, geisha, water and all. Yet another person can tell you to get your name in Kanji on your ass. But all of that would be completely pointless because you have no idea what you want. Go to DeviantArt, use Google, read tattoo magazines, watch TLC’s Ink shows… SEE actual tattoos and make up your mind what invokes emotions in you. Once you’ve actually managed to find a direction you want to head in, then (and only then) are you ready to ask people to extrapolate and brainstorm and give ideas and generally be in any way helpful in your decision.

P.S: Don’t ask for advise on the internet if you can’t hear anything negative. If that’s the case, ask people to pat you on the back and only be positive. It’s much better to just get things out in the open right up front. Saves a lot of trouble down the line.

And you’re quite welcome, “son”.


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#107320
cblackwe93
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    @cblackwe93

OK well i don’t really appreciate the condescending comments. I am completely fine with negative/creative feedback, I have ABSOLUTELY no problem with that. I do, however, have a problem with people who like to pretend they know everything and anything about everyone. I don’t expect to have someone suggest something to me and it be the tattoo I get, as I have said 3 times, I am simply looking for inspiration. When it comes down to making the actual decision, that is when I will be relying on the people that are closet to me to help with the initial decision making. While I appreciate your constructive criticism, I would appreciate if you could quit it with with the condescending remarks and connotations. Its really starting to get old. If you would like to provide me with advice (which you have already given your fair share) it is fine. If you have any positive, or constructively negative advice I will welcome it will open arms. Otherwise, please take your fatherly advice else where, or to your local high school where the misfits and delinquents might actually need it.

#107328
Amok
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    @amok

Arni has given you some good advice, albeit in a direct manner 🙂

For example, when I decided I wanted a tattoo, I thought about it for a couple years, then I found a design that I wanted, then thought about it for 2 more years. I still wanted that particular tattoo so I got it.

I’m not suggesting you wait that long, but you said you like Japanese art. So lookup japanese tattoos on google, bing, deviantart and good tattoo artists websites. Take your time researching and just don’t rush into it. Eventually you’ll find something you like.

PS Japanese tattoos have a lot of meaning behind them. I suggest going to wikipedia and looking up the meaning of dragons, phoenix, koi, hannya and oni masks, etc etc. You might find something that suits you and you can go from there.

But don’t stop researching there, look into different styles as well (biomech, popart etc). Eventually you’ll find the design you’re after. Good luck


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#107329
maeve
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Hey, I totally understand your predicament. My advice is to wait and be patient. Look at artwork at tattoo shops and look online until you find something that is really meaningful to you. I understand the desire to have a tattoo, but believe me, you’ll be so much happier in the long run if you wait until you find exactly what you want. Sorry this post isnt exactly what you asked for – I’m not making a specific suggestion. But tattoos are personal and should be meaningful to the person wearing the art. Peace.