Your skin is not a sheet of paper.
Putting a drawing on your arm is not the same as drawing it into a book and laminating it. As you know, tattooing is forcing a needle into your skin while depositing ink into those holes to leave a visible mark. Therefore, the act of tattooing is using depth, while the drawing is only a drawing on the surface of the paper. Remember also, the tattoo machine vibrates during application, and can be heavy. Just a reminder that certain things that can be done on paper, can't necessarily be exactly recreated on skin.
Skin does not stay the same forever.
Your skin is one huge body organ. The largest one of your body. Your skin bends and moves constantly over your lifetime, and your tattoo will do the same. As you grow older, and your skin and body change, your tattoo will do the same. You can look at a parent, or older friend with a tattoo and see this yourself. These factors need to be taken into consideration in order to determine what tattoo would look good for you. Your tattoo will slowly change in thickness, darkness, detail, and will blur over the years. It will take about 10 years before you will see any real signs of aging in your tattoo. It is recommended that you keep it out of the sun and take care of it as best you can. Of course, if you do need to touch it up, you can always have it re-colored.
Let's share some thoughts on how to get it right the first time. The process is painful and can cost some money. One of the most important things is to use black ink. Color ink does not make good outlines in a tattoo. Black outlines are very important to have. Black outlines will remain darker the longest. They are the base design of the tattoo and will need to keep the design of the tattoo prominent for the life of the tattoo. Tattoos can fade, but without a good outline, it will look even worse, and may need to be prematurely redone.
Make sure that the design of the tattoo compliments your body. Everyone's body has a certain “shape”. Keep that in mind and work with your shape. Work with your body parts. Some tattoos look better in coordination with your spine for example; some others would look better on an arm or leg. A nice “S” curve tattoo has its own shape, and can be coordinated with muscles, shoulders, etc.
Just be sure to do your research, and make sure you trust your artist, and his design before you move forward. The tattoo is permanent, and you want to be comfortable before you get inked.
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