Anyone who’s seriously into tattoos will say how long it takes to choose the right one. They all should last a lifetime so aren’t something to be hurried. It can take up to 20-30 hours to get the right tattoo design. But that’s just the first step.
If you’re serious you will want to have something that’s unique rather than taken from a publication or or copied from a picture in a tattoo gallery. A tattoo should talk about who you are and not be ripped off someone else. Not only that but a lot of artists will refuse to copy another artists work. While you can be done for copyright infringement for copying another individual’s work in different mediums the very same rules don’t seem to apply to tattoo artwork.
It’s still a form of plagiarism to take another persons artwork and replicate it as your own. In any other form that this would lead to legal action. So just because there is no precendent set for copyright infringement doesn’t imply its is cool to claim another tattooists work.
So how do you come up with original tattoo designs?
If you’re like me you’ve looked at literally thousands of tattoo pictures and tattoo designs from many different unique tattooists from all over the world. Or maybe you keep visiting your local tattoo studio and have started getting dirty looks from the tattoo artist that thinks you’re stalking him since you go there every weekend and haven’t chosen a tattoo!
There are so many distinct styles of so you need to be really clear about what you need before you get inked. It’s a good idea ot visualize the type of tattoo you need before you even get it. You need to be able to see yourself with a particular tattoo before you get it.
Next view some examples of different styles that you like. So if it is tribal tattoos source images of that specific tattoo style. If it’s work from another artist don’t take it to your nearest tattoo studio and ask for it to be reproduced onto you. Tell the tattoo artist that you like that specific style and would like a tattoo designed for YOU. Tattoo artists are very visual people and are highly talented at producing an nebulous idea into a full on tattoo.
Think of the bigger picture. Don’t hesitate to decide on some generic tattoo flash off the wall because you can’t make your mind up. Do not settle for something less if you cannot afford the tattoo you really want. Tattoos are organic and are constantly changing and growing with you. Avoid painful mistakes!