Delicate flowers can make beautiful tattoos. They can be dainty, minimalist and simple sketches or photorealistic masterpieces. The beauty of a single flower can make as much of a statement as a much bigger tattoo, but choosing the right design can be difficult. Having something permanently on your body is a big decision, and should always be carefully considered.
Below you will see many ideas I have collected together, and I would suggest you do the same. Collect as many examples as you can, and as you go through them, gradually narrow your choice down until you are left with the right design for you. Maybe something will jump out at you, if so, put it on one side, it may well be your final choice, but it shouldn’t stop you from continuing to look.
Maybe you will choose a stark, minimalist flower bud, maybe a complex detailed flower like an orchid, think about the style of the design as well as the image itself. It may be you find the perfect flower, but want it drawn in a different way that represents you better. A good tattoo artist will be happy to work with you to make sure the tattoo is right for you. When you have settled on a design you need to consider where you want the tattoo. Not all tattoos fit in certain places. The shape of the tattoo should complement the shape of the area the tattoo is to be done. Some people will want the tattoo on show all the time, and will choose an area that isn’t covered by clothes so much, for others, having the tattoo on show is less important, and the ability to cover it when needed may be part of the decision. Remember, there is no such thing as the right place or the right tattoo that will fit everyone, tattoos are a very personal thing, and time spent making sure it is the right design for you, in the place you want it, may well save years of heartache later. Too many people spend time regretting a rash decision. Whatever you do, don’t make that decision when you are drunk. Any professional tattooist will simply refuse to do the tattoo if you arrive at the studio drunk, and this isn’t just a matter of avoiding people making poor decisions. Alcohol thins the blood, so will cause more bleeding, which will effectively dilute the pigment in the inks. Colours will never be as vivid, and can look washed out and old very quickly.
Finding the right tattoo artist can be difficult, but as tattoos have become more common and acceptable, there is a much bigger choice of artists. A professional artist will not shy away from questions, and should happily show you examples of what you want that he or she has done, if they can’t or won’t, walk away and find another artist. If you can, find an artist who specialises in the sort of design you want. This will always give you the best results.
Another thing to consider is the effect time will have on a tattoo. Some areas of the body shed and replace skin much faster than others, if a tattoo is done on the hands or elbows for example, the design is likely to fade much faster. The design itself can also make a huge difference over time. However good the tattooist is, even when the tattoo is done perfectly, over time, lines will spread. What was once a complex and detailed fine line tattoo can become blurred and more solid looking, as the lines spread and the gaps between lines become less defined. Detail is great, but should be balanced against the knowledge that all tattoos will spread to a certain extent, imagine what the design you have chosen will look like drawn with a blunt pencil instead of a sharp one, because this is what your tattoo is likely to end up looking like over time. I have seen many a tattoo that was originally a dark but detailed design, end up looking like a dark splodge of ink, as all the lines spread and just form a blob of undefined colour, This can be particularly bad if a poorly trained tattooist goes in a little too far with the needles. The aim of the tattooist is to place the ink in the layer of skin called the dermis. This is the 2ndlayer of skin down, underneath the outer layer of skin called the epidermis. If the tattooist doesn’t go in far enough, although the colour may initially look vivid, it will fade very quickly. On the other hand, below the dermis, is a layer of subcutaneous fat and if the tattooist goes too deep and the ink enters this layer, any idea of detail will be lost very quickly. The ink spreads in the fatty tissue. This is bad news, difficult to cover, and can also leave scar tissue from the excess damage caused to the outer layers of skin too.
Remember to take your time when making the decision. You will be living with the tattoo for a long time. Make sure it is the right tattoo for you.
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