One of the many unique and fun ways to express yourself is through a tattoo. Tattoos are not for everyone, but if you find yourself wanting one, you're in for an adventure.
If you don't have any tattoos, deciding on your first one can be an exciting, liberating, and potentially challenging experience. I currently have three, and choosing each one involved a lot of thought. The main thing to remember (and probably the most obvious thing) is that tattoos are permanent. Even if you like your potential tattoo, ask yourself if it's something you'll like twenty years later. It's unlikely that you can pinpoint what your preferences will be twenty years in advance, but chances are if you think you won't like your tattoo years down the line, you're probably right. On the other hand, if the tattoo you have in mind is something that has personal meaning/significance or if it's something you really like and think you'll still like down the line, then it may be the one to go with.
Before I get into brainstorming ideas for tattoos/how I chose mine, I want to bring to attention a few things to keep in mind when choosing your first tattoo. First, think about what size you want your tattoo to be. Some tattoo parlors price tattoos by size, some price by detail of the tattoo, some do a combination of both, etc.. You'll want to have an idea on what size you want your tattoo to be as this aspect will factor in to the overall pricing. The size of your tattoo also matters as it will help you get a better visual of what it'll look like on your body and help you decide where on your body to get it. If you already have a place in mind you'd like your tattoo to be, deciding how big you want it to be will allow you to decide if the spot you've chosen is the right spot for it or if it'd be better in a different position or space.
Where you want your tattoo to be is also a good thing to brainstorm for other reasons as well. For example, if your career falls in the corporate arena, a tattoo on your hand may not be the most feasible as it'll be easily visible and hard to cover. One on your hip or somewhere more discreet may be a better option as you can show it when you'd like and easily cover it when needed. I got my first tattoo a month after I turned seventeen and was in private school at the time, so I got it on my wrist to show it if I wanted to but to be able to cover it if I wanted to/if it was necessary.
Weight loss and weight gain can also alter the look of a tattoo, so when picking a place, try to choose a spot that'll look the same/keep it's shape for years to come.
Now for the fun part: choosing your tattoo
My first tattoo was inspired by Rihanna. I used to be a fan of hers as an adolescent, and she has a trail of stars tattoo that made me want a similar design when I got older. I remember being a little kid and drawing little stars on myself as inspiration.
The passion for stars stayed with me years later which is how I knew getting a star/stars tattoo would be perfect for me. Stars are associated with success, so I decided that my star tattoo would inspire me to achieve my dreams, and that it would mean "achieving my dreams". At first I thought I wanted to get three stars, but my mom suggested I get five as five stars are associated with the best/highest ranking/level for a given thing. I've been drawing since I could write, so I drew my five starts and took them to my tattoo artist who printed a stencil of my drawing and tattooed it on me.
At this moment in time, I have two other tattoos; the second one I got won't be discussed in this post. The third one I got is a scorpion because I'm a Scorpio, so a fun tattoo idea is to get your zodiac sign if you're into that sort of thing. A tattoo I haven't gotten but thought I wanted was a diamond heart. "Diamond Heart" is a song by Lady Gaga that I used to love, so I thought it would be cute to get a diamond in the shape of a heart tattooed on my arm. I'm over it now, but I still think it was a cute idea.
I don't know if I'll get another tattoo, but I do know that if I expand my tattoo collection, I want them all on the right side of my body as my first three are on the right side. My favorite animals are white tigers, so I thought it would be cool to get the face of a tiger tattooed on the back of my right hand. This is another debatable tattoo idea of mine as the more I think about it the more painful it seems. Nonetheless, I still think it's a fun idea. Getting your favorite or spirit animal could also be a potential first tattoo choice.
Some other ideas I like are song titles/lyrics, places, symbols, and characters. There are endless possibilities.
Whether you choose a tattoo from the designs at a tattoo parlor or come up with something unique to you, choose something that you'll be happy with and that you'll love to look at, show off, or have as a reminder.
I hope this post gave you an idea/ideas or provided some insight.
Thank you for reading,
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins