How to Not Make Terrible Tattoo Designs

Tattoo art has been practiced from time immemorial, sometimes for good reasons, other times, well, Google it yourself to see what how the other half are left to live.

People from different cultures have marked particular parts of their bodies with tattoos while others have done it on their entire bodies. This is by no means new in the history of humanity, but I suspect the guy with the “occupy” tattoo a couple years back might be wondering if he made the right decision.

One can choose to either have permanent or erasable tattoo designs, both are fun, memorable and popular. Basically designs are made to communicate a certain message.

The message could be an expression of love, adornments, religion or even amulets or affectations. Tattooing is an art of communication without the use of spoken words. In essence, there are times when you can say exactly who you are without even opening your mouth. That could be an atheist tattoo, a Christian tattoo, a vegan tattoo, or something much, much more revealing.

And this really is the artist’s realm.

To start doing tattoos it is very important that you get the right tattoo supplies. A complete beginner kit will help you make quality designs on people.

The kit must have every item needed as the lack of even one item can compromise your whole job, leaving you with poor results. This will definitely not work well for you and you may lose clients since no one wants to have bad images on their bodies.

If this sort of request is above your pay grade, just don't accept the job. No reason to ruin a person's body just because you want a couple hundred bucks.
If this sort of request is above your pay grade, just don’t accept the job. No reason to ruin a person’s body just because you want a couple hundred bucks.

Sterilization of the items you use is not just vital, but critical, if it is not done or not done well, you can end up spreading infections to your clients. Without properly sterilized equipment you can spread hepatitis, AIDS, or even “girl germs”.

Tattoo guns are used to make artistic engravings in ink on the body of your client. This gives an exclusive permanent design on your client and can define who they are.

Every item in the kit is important in making your work a success and you should therefore be cautious in getting the proper tattoo gun kit. Ensure that the starter tattoo kit has every item needed which may include different needles and tattoo guns as well as sterilizing agents.

Before you get into the business it is very important that you do enough research on the best tools to use and how to use them. On the internet there are sites where you can learn about how to use the right tools and the use of various colors to make particular designs for your clients. The success of every design is very important and you should therefore be very careful to create the design your client desires.

There are too many bad tattoos out there, and too many more brilliant artists who have never considered doing ink. We can’t speak to those already looking to get out, but those looking to get in… well, maybe we can encourage a few true artists to step up to the plate.

Full disclosure: I have one tattoo now I hate and regret, but I’m anxious to get my next one. I don’t want my kids getting tattoos before the age of 21, but I still think it’s an incredibly valuable form of self-expression.

Also, don't ever, ever do anything like this. Someone is trying to remember a precious baby, and what you've given them is a horrendous excuse for a sickly cartoon. Dude, not cool. If it's beyond your pay-grade, just admit it. Everyone wins in the end.
Also, don’t ever, ever do anything like this. Someone is trying to remember a precious baby, and what you’ve given them is a horrendous excuse for a sickly cartoon. Dude, not cool. If it’s beyond your pay-grade, just admit it. Everyone wins in the end.

Author: Dexter Sinistri

Dexter Sinistri is a famously centrist writer who has worked as a Hollywood correspondent for a number of leading publications since 2005. Though once a photographer, Mr. Sinistri struck out as a writer on all things celebrity, and he likes to consider himself a tremendous asset to Glossy News, though by most accounts, he has fallen somewhat short of this effort.

3 thoughts on “How to Not Make Terrible Tattoo Designs

  1. Uh, kinda clearly a promo element to the story, but still funny enough I read to the end. Glad the extra pictures were in there, really sold the story.

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