So you’re looking to get a tattoo, but where do you find the perfect tattoo ideas or tattoo designs for reference? The good news is that the answer to that question is endless and boundless, but bad news is that you’ll have to do your research and really be sure of what you want to permanently decorate your body.
Thankfully, with the age of the internet in full bloom, information, images, and media are at our fingertips and there are plenty of easily accessible outlets that can be used as a brainstorming tool for your tattoo ideas. It’s as simple as going online and looking at the thousands of readily available tattoo ideas and images available to everybody.
When going about tattoo ideas for your next piece of body art, it’s best to have some sort of idea, direction, or theme in mind. While there is no doubt something to be said about letting your artist take creative liberties with your tattoo ideas (they are the artist after all), you’d be better off well prepared with something in mind or some reference material at hand.
Example of a traditional flash sheet - something that could help inspire a great tattoo idea.
It’s worth stressing that no matter what your tattoo ideas may be, researching your potential tattoo artist and their portfolio is absolutely essential. A well rounded tattoo artist can execute a wide variety of tattoo styles, but there are certain artists that specialize in a specific type of tattoo, whether it be black and grey, photorealism, traditional, script, new school or anything in between. If you are looking for something very detailed and specific, it could be beneficial to seek out a tattoo artist that excels in your desired style.
Tattoo ideas can be inspired by virtually anything. The beauty of the human race that no two people are the same; everybody’s inspirations, values, and perceptions vary and create a completely unique outlook on the world we live in. If I step outside and see a soaring hawk hunt down a rodent in a field of grass, it could inspire me to to recreate that scene on my body, but it might sicken you, and make you think it’s a terrible tattoo idea.
Of course, the above is simply to illustrate that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When contemplating tattoo ideas, think about style, placement, color, safety, and most importantly, think long term - tattoos shouldn’t be on a whim, they’ll stay with you to the grave.