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